US AND INDIA APPEAR TO BE SAILING ON THE SAME BOAT.
US: The American Supreme Court ruled by 5-4 majority that race cannot be used as a factor in school entry. (Quotas for different races like blacks, American Indians etc.). This infuriates politicians.
India: The Indian Supreme Court in recent past ruled against reservations beyond 50% and reservations on the basis of religion. All political parties in India without exception support reservations. For them Supreme Court is a stumbling block.
Added on 16.4.2014
Supreme Court of India has now added one more reservation category, transgenders. Of course, we need not oppose reservations in jobs, to transgenders per se.
In my mother tongue Telugu language we have a proverb: 'mandi ekkuvaitE majjiga palcana avutAyi'. If more people join the dinner, buttermilk will get diluted. If more and more classes are added for reservations, the shares of other classes will fall. Govt. has recently added jats, to the BCs category. What will be its impact on other BC category beneficiaries?
It is like this, the size of the cake remains same. If more people have to share it, each bit of the cake becomes small.