Deploring inequality in society, RSS Sunday came out in support of reservation, saying it has to remain in force for bringing equality to those suffering from discrimination, but cautioned against politics on the quota issue.
“We support reservation. Till the time there is inequality in the society, reservation is needed. To bring up those suffering from this inequality as equals, we need reservation. But there should not be any politics on that,” RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said during a book launch event here.
He said for 1,000 years, those people for the benefit of the country tolerated the injustice. “The reasons for which they tolerated, those reasons are no longer here now as we have gained our independence. Now our duty is to bring them up as equals. To bring them as equals, if for 100 years one has to tolerate injustice, let be it,” he said.
Recalling that the mentor of Jan Sangh, Dindayal Upadhyay, used to say that if one has to bring everybody as equals, then those who are above the ordinary masses should bow and extend their hands to the underprivileged.
“Through each other’s cooperation, everybody can become equals. If those who are privileged do not bow or bend, those below the line cannot come up,” he said.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, HRD Minister Smriti Irani, VHP leader Ashok Singhal also shared the dais.
Speaking at the event, Javadekar talked about untouchability in politics and said that the wall created by castes was demolished under the leadership of Narendra Modi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. “In politics too, there is a new untouchability which has come. In politics on the basis of caste, a trend of voting started… That is why in the social context, I think 2014 elections were revolutionary as the wall created by castes was demolished in one go under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.’
He recalled how after starting working in the Northern region, people used to ask him about his caste as his title did not help them understand.
Recalling about his mother who was a teacher, he said that despite living in times where even glasses were kept apart due to this feeling of inequality in society, he was brought up in a surrounding where everybody was to sit together and study and there was no such inequality.
HRD Minister Smriti Irani said that the way the book, which was launched on Sunday, described social challenges by going through the pages of history and the solution for it, we will keep trying to make that kind of society through education.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines