Reverting from his earlier statement that the reservation system needed a review, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) sarsangchalak Mohan Bhagwat has said that, the reservation should continue as long as there was social discrimination.
“There is no question of junking quota. It should continue as long as social discrimination prevails in the society,” Bhagwat said, while delivering a lecture on social assimilation, on 16 December.
Bhagwat’s previous remarks on seeking a review of the reservation policy before the Bihar Assembly polls had stirred a row. Many saw it as one of the reasons for BJP biting the dust in the polls.
On the social assimilation front, the RSS sarsangchalak said, “This should be done by respecting diversity (in the society) according to the values of the spirit of Hinduism.”
Bhagwat said, “No religion, sect, social reformer or saint discriminated between human beings. Equality is the essence of every sect, which was later divided into castes and sects.”
Bhagwat emphasised that the need to end discrimination were redundant. “This discrimination shouldn’t be allowed to continue further. The feelings of those who have suffered for years together must be understood. Some of us tolerated the discrimination and injustice for a long period,” he said.
“We must learn to tolerate to bring about the change we desire by our behaviour. Traditions should be tested on scientific parameters, and those which fail the tests must be rejected,” he said.
“Unfortunately, these traditions were not tested for several decades and yet are followed blindly due to which values have worsened,” he said.
Speaking about Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, he appealed to the people to study and understand his teachings.