One is the greedy, underserving middle class Dalit student who is arriving in a private vehicle (son/daughter of a high level beaurocrat who has got into the system through reservation) and who is sneaking into the system immorally.
The other is the village lout who cannot speak english very well, nor can cope with the complex classes because he/she lacks merit, period!
As far as the midde class dalit is concerned (the elusive creamy layer), when one takes the admission procedures of IITs etc. it is clear that very few first generation dalit/adivasi students might be able to compete with the coaching centred entrance systems of the elite institutions. Does this mean that already under-represented communities need not be represented at all? Moreover, when one considers the still prevailing racial discrimination in our interview systems (which even middle class dalits face) and the lack of inner confidence and lack of availability of role models for underprevileged children, how are we to easily buy the creamy layer argument?
In this situation, when the "deserving" first generation reservation benificiary comes into the institution, s/he faces castiest comments about "merit." Kamaal hai!