Happy Republic Day.
The potter community protected the skill of making pots, the weaver community of weaving.. The skills need years to pass on, through apprenticing, and that happened. That division of labour also gives employment security in society thus. A weaver child who badly wants to be a potter or a brass artisan I am sure could and should have been able to.
But that is today only theories - as modernity, with modern schooling - has destroyed all these skills and their passing down. And industrilization with petroleum power has made all these sustainable skills utterly unviable , and in a generation all will be lost.
TN Seshan too said this in an interview. When he had contested the presidential election against KRNarayanan. Media was just describing him as Dalit when he had a lot of other professional qualities to his credit. When we are fighting against discrimination, we should be the first to stop categorizing a section as SC or Dalit.
That itself is the biggest reason why we need reservations. Our PM is on record having said that Valmikis should consider their work service to God!