Reservation is Needed as Long as Inequality Exists in Society: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat

published on September 11, 2014

 
Deploring inequality in society, RSS today came out in support of reservation, saying it has to remain, in order to bring equality to those suffering from discrimination but cautioned against politics on the quota issue.
 
“We support reservation. Till the time there is inequality in 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 1000 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.

The RSS chief said that a society which aspires development cannot let this go on for a long time and the target of achieving equality should have been achieved after Independence.

Recalling the words of the mentor of Jansangh, Dindayal Upadhyay, Mohanji Bhagwat quoted him, saying that “if one has to bring everybody as equals, then those who are above the ordinary masses should bow and extend their hands to under privileged.”

“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.

Calling for social bonhomie and affinity among different sections of society, the RSS chief cautioned against “pride” among privileged sections.

“If you don’t bow down, it is your devastation,” he said adding that there are many reasons for discrimination in society.

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, HRD Minister Smriti Irani, VHP leader Ashok Singhal also shared dais.

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