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03 MAY, 2017(MAINS)



Q1. “Equality does not mean treating everyone equal”. Discuss. (2015/10/200 words)


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  • Ashish

    Equality is treating everyone the same, whereas, equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful. Therefore, equals must be treated equally and alike should not be treated like.
    Suppose if a 100 meter race is arranged between an infant, a teenager and an old man made, the result will be in favour of teenager only. This can be the example of equality but not equity. To make it fair equity principle needs to be revoked. Equality aims to promote fairness, but it can only work if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same help.
    Our reservation system is one the example of equity. Here, members of disadvantages communities are given some relaxation so that they can come at par with the other communities. If we test the ability of fish by made her climb a tree then it cannot be considered as fair. Hence, equity presupposes equality.
    Implementing equality withot equity is inherently unfair, as it’s about Group A’s needs in relation to Group B, regardless of the actual needs of the individual. Therefore, equality doesn’t mean treat everyone equal.