Caste-based reservations: Ambedkar backed rethink on quotas… We’ve done nothing, says Sumitra Mahajan

“Ambedkar himself sought a 10-year review, we haven’t achieved the society of his dreams,” says Speaker.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: January 24, 2016 7:08 am
caste politics, sumitra mahajan, rohith vemula death, rohith vemula suicide, hyderabad dalit suicide, hyderabad student suicide, india news File photo of Sumitra Mahajan. (Source: Express)

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Saturday advocated a “rethink” on caste-based reservations in the country, saying even Babasaheb Ambedkar had supported the same.

Addressing officials and representatives of local bodies at an event on smart cities here, Mahajan said, “Ambedkarji had said, ‘Give reservations for 10 years and after 10 years, do a rethink. Bring them to that stage’. We have done nothing. Even I am guilty of this… We have not thought about it. We do not contemplate why this (a rethink) has not happened.”

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Later in the day, replying to questions on her speech in Ahmedabad, Mahajan sought to clarify that she wasn’t expressing an opinion for or against the reservation policy. “What I am saying is we should also find out the reasons why we have not achieved the society dreamt of by Dr Ambedkar. We should ponder over the reasons for that also,” Mahajan said.

A few months ago, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comment seeking a review of the reservation policy was believed to have hurt the BJP in the Bihar Assembly elections, and had prompted a series of clarifications from the party.

In October 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it clear that there was no possibility of scrapping the reservation system, at a foundation stone laying ceremony in Mumbai for a grand memorial for Ambedkar.

Mahajan’s remarks come in the midst of the BJP trying to do damage control over its leaders’ remarks on Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide in Hyderabad, which is seen as linked to caste discrimination. In Gujarat, the party has been facing protests by the wealthy Patidar community, whose demand for a quota for itself is seen as largely an anti-reservation campaign.

In her Ahmedabad speech, while seeking a rethink on caste-based quotas, Mahajan had narrated her experiences of a visit to Vitenam, saying, “In the last 20-25 years, they (the Vietnamese) have progressed so much that it can leave us surprised. At least I was surprised. Even after 60-70 years of Independence, we have not been able to eliminate casteism. Please excuse me, and do not take this politically.”

In the context of smart cities, Mahajan said removing encroachments in cities was a big challenge for the political class. “I understand that… If I displace somebody, then tomorrow there will be no votes for me; and if there are no votes, then how will I remain a representative? So what will I do? I will do nothing. In politics, votes are a priority… But I also need to display strength in removing the encroachments, and at the same time, providing all the facilities…,” she said.

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    Anshu Deepak
    Feb 28, 2017 at 8:36 pm
    Any statute commission ( nationally or internationally) to study / revision of reservation provision for SC/ST will surely recommend for it's extension for another 25 - 30 years. lt;br/gt;Reason : We've huge potion still vulnerable on socioeconomic from. Almost 25 crore ppl living life in below poverty line as per Indian standard of earning (Rs. 40 around per day). And Almost 55 crore ppl in poverty line as per UN standard of 1 USD per day.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;By this time the fact should've understood by at least educated indians...that , funds earmarked for reservation purpose have continuously been diverted and..rest amount were no way adequate to bring any substantial change. However good intention that's been enshrined in our consution...but corruptions never let it happened. And if it continued for some more decade then...this social -economic disparity will be the reason alone for the unity and integrity of this nation. lt;br/gt;55 Crore ppl living below poverty line ...is a result of continued ignorance. lt;br/gt;It's a matter of shame for us .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Get the mandate and decide the country policy.
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      sk
      Jan 8, 2017 at 7:54 am
      Rohit Vemula's suicide? He is neither an SC nor ST, why mention his name?
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        Jai Kumar
        Jan 24, 2016 at 6:34 pm
        Does reservation get rid of caste system
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          Apwildfire
          Jan 24, 2016 at 2:04 pm
          Correctly said .now its time to think to overhaul the reservation system.the fruits should reach the needy but not the fake ones .
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            I.beg.you.brahmin.dumbs
            Jan 24, 2016 at 12:19 am
            What she is SHOUTING is : HELO ALL BRAHMINS, WE BRAHMIN JOKERS PARTY(BJP)IS WITH YOU. PLEASE DROP "ATLEAST" YOUR VOTES TO BJP, PLEASE .....PLEASE
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              Kumaresan
              Jan 24, 2016 at 12:06 am
              Facts first: 90% of the IITians are brahmins. 95% of IIT faculty are brahmins. brahmins get IIT seats by their connections with King WHISPERERS in central agencies. Central brahmin agents knew very well that the IITians will be taken care of by 95% brahmin faculty in IIT. Because brahmin faculty knew the reason of their own employment as central brahmin agents. Brahmin central agents also knew very well that none of the brahmin IITians will stay back in India after their study. They also know that India will be deprived of knowledge if patriotic Hindus(note: brahmins are NOT Hindus), patriotic Muslims, patriotic Christians, patriotic Buddhists are not allowed to study in IITs. And the central brahmin agents want to make more of their own brahmins as foreign working caste image boosting heads of foreign corporations which will provide more employment for future brahmin IITians. This has been happening since independence irrespective of which party is in the center. It is happening right now too, more so. Raw(pure) brahmins are responsible for all ill in the society. This is not going to stop. For raw brahmins, their foreign image is more important than national interest. To mask that truth from Indian people, they use every opportunity to SHOW OFF that they are more patriotic. One example is that brahmins falsely projecting Muslims as enemies of India and show that only brahmins are the real patriots. We all know who were the collaborators of foreign occupation of Indian sub-continent- brahmins, for which they got ministerial positions in their courts. Example Birbal in Akbar's court. Now the same brahmins are showing that they are against Moguls. If you do some little research one will easily come to know the consution of a ministry in any foreign power that had occupied India, including the British. All these days brahmins were fooling around, using so called filthy state craft of bugger character Chanakya. There seems to be no end to their treachery and criminality, all against law. And that is why they don't allow any reform in judiciary, or politics. Such criminals survive better in a criminal world. So their motto is: develop Brahmins for foreign, destroy indigenous skill and creativity. And that is the same reason India was never allowed to develop any technology what so ever making India ever dependent on foreign powers that gave employment to their brahmins. All this development propaa are BS.
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                Murthy
                May 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm
                Proof? If I am a Brahmin can you ure me a seat or employment in IIT's? It all sounds like non-sense Mr. Kum n, who has surve the castes in IITs to say 90 of IITians are Brahminical? I just want to know.
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                FekuSarkar
                Jan 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm
                Kutti is Animals name if you didn't go to school, i k ow u dobt like some words like Dalit etx.... May be timw to learn!!
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                  FekuSarkar
                  Jan 24, 2016 at 5:39 pm
                  Modi n RSS will remove all reservation!!! Wake up india, RSS wants to rule indirectly!
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                    FekuSarkar
                    Jan 24, 2016 at 6:42 pm
                    Sali kutti?
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                      FekuSarkar
                      Jan 24, 2016 at 6:44 pm
                      Yeah but they have to cime out n tekl truth like SRK dud n Amir dud, rather than playing behind curtain n drip feeding!!
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                        Andan
                        Jan 23, 2016 at 11:53 pm
                        Let me tell you this: after immigrating from Central Asia, brahmins( BORN PERVERTS) cannot stay calm and spend their life as is. They wanted to rule the indigenous people, whether Kannada people, Telugu, Malayalam, or Tamil. So they brought invaders from out side with whom those deables collaborated to subdue indigenous people. That is how They set up the Muryan Kingdom. Their filthy complex would not allow them to be normal citizens. To achieve that they encouraged all criminal activities, corruption, suppression of judiciary, going to the extent of sending their women folks to the powerful and influential. Still they cannot get satisfaction. So they forcibly categorized God created humans using their economic status. This was very liberally used to pit one caste against another and to put so called upper caste against all lower caste. It is not the British that invented divide and rule. It is the deable Brahmin scoundrels! Even after occupying all positions in all powerful security agencies for 68 years, they won't get satisfaction. Unless they get something like continuous Ejaculation they will be restless. So they flirt with other caste people to continuously show that they are above them. What this means is that hey will not stop unless they annihilate themselves! So let us help them to reach that.
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                          Haradhan Mandal
                          Jan 24, 2016 at 3:28 am
                          This particular sad incidents have exposed them (the caste ideny) of the 'sangh' and their numerous outfits so much so that it has become hard for them to conceal it any more'. As much it has become a FAKE Patriot and FAKE NATIONALIST - with its caste-atude drawing inspiration from 'Manu Smriti' code and 'Manu Smriti Irani' code - it has now become a FAKE AMBEDKARITE - started reading the dead Dr. Ambedkar's 'MIND' and telling us about it.
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                            Late.Mahajan
                            Jan 24, 2016 at 9:42 am
                            Netaji Subash Chandra Bose said a self annihilative brahmins dominated society should be stopped AT ANY COST. Anyways, Sumitra was asked by her sponsors Rashtriya Self-Stimulation Service(RSS) to release such press BS to keep the brainless brahmins happy so that for the coming embly elections they will help do some digital campaign like what you see in the comments.
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                              What_do_you_say_brahmin_terrorists
                              Jan 24, 2016 at 9:44 am
                              Sumitra was asked by her sponsors Rashtriya Self-Stimulation Service(RSS) to release such press BS to keep the brainless brahmins happy so that for the coming embly elections they will help do some digital campaign like what you see in the comments.
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                                Kumarpushp
                                Jan 23, 2016 at 11:40 pm
                                Mahajan is another RSS pracharak .Dalits never asked for reservation they had asked separate settlement away from Barb 99 hindus whom Mhahajan belongs
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                                  Samanya Admi
                                  Jan 25, 2016 at 2:15 am
                                  In fact, reservations and quotas have promoted and are promoting casteism and mediocrity at the cost of the society and the nation. How can India compete in a globalized world where merit alone counts in order to succeed? Restore intellectual order of India to be a compeive society.
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                                    MohanR
                                    Jan 28, 2016 at 8:18 am
                                    India became Nuclear power in 1974 under Congress rule when modiji was washing RSS Chaddi.. BTW, last son of Mughal emporer was shot dead at point blank range by Britishers in Delhi not in Thailand.. Trying to spread lies you sanghi sanke
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                                      MohanR
                                      Jan 28, 2016 at 8:11 am
                                      Telling everyone frustrated on every comment well suggests who is REALLY FRUSTRATED that is YOU.
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                                        Nishant Singh
                                        Jan 24, 2016 at 5:18 am
                                        The bjp seems to seriously want to lose UP polls
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                                          Raje
                                          Jan 24, 2016 at 1:04 am
                                          Yes aur iske liye bhi Modi jimmedar hain.... thekedar rulers of last 50 years are saints as per Karunakaran. all this bad situation of dalits happened in last 2 years... use pehle 50 saal dalits were the royals, correct?
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                                            Saurabh
                                            Jan 24, 2016 at 4:54 pm
                                            'Reservation' in India is a generic term which includes political and jobs/educational reservation. She is speaker of Lok Sabha, a responsible post, should have spoken specifically what she wants to review. Be specific and clear.
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