Quota used for political ends, says RSS chief and seeks policy review

Current policy of reservations not in line with what the makers of the Indian constitution wanted

GN Bureau | September 21, 2015


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Seeking a committee with representatives from the civil society, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has pitched for a review of the reservation policy. He has said that the quota issue has been used for political ends. Bhagwat's remarks come in the wake of violent protests by the Patel community in Gujarat who are demanding a share in the OBC reservation pie.

"We believe, form a committee of people genuinely concerned for the interest of the whole nation and committed for social equality, including some representatives from the society, they should decide which categories require reservation and for how long.

"The non-political committee like autonomous commissions should be the implementation authority; political authorities should supervise them for honesty and integrity," he has said. His suggestions have been published in Sangh mouthpiece 'Organiser' and 'Panchjanya' interview.

Arguing that the policy of reservations based on social backwardness being extended now is not in line with what the makers of the Indian constitution had in mind, Bhagwat said had quotas been implemented as per the vision of the constitution makers questions on the issue would not have surfaced.

"If we would have implemented this policy as envisaged by the constitution makers instead of doing politics over it, then present situation would not have arrived. Since inception it has been politicised," he said.

He said though "interest groups" do get formed in democracy, aspirations of one section should not be met at the cost of others.

"Interest groups are formed because we have certain aspirations in democracy. At the same time, we should remember that through interest groups we should not strive to address those aspirations at the cost of others.

"We should have integral approach of welfare for all. It is sensible to realize that my interest lies in larger national interest. Government also has to be sensitive to these issues that there should not be any agitation for them," Bhagwat said.

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