Published On : Tue, Sep 22nd, 2015

Bhagwat’s remarks create flutter in political circles

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Nagpur: Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat’s views of reservation policy, as published in Panchajanya and Organizer, have created a flutter in political circles on his controversial statement that ‘the policy needs to be reviewed.’ Bhagwat firmly believes that the existing reservation policy is used for gaining political score.

A section of thinkers feels that indeed a fresh committee, comprising impartially dedicated citizens and honest political figures, be set up to frame a new baseline for reservation which may ward off social backwardness, and at the same time may also stand true to the objective of the policy framed by Constitution and its makers.

Now, the opinion of Bhagwat has created two groups—one believes that the policy should be reviewed while the other straight away rejects it. Those who politicize the backward class status, just to enjoy appeasement of the backward, condemn the opinion of Bhagwat; but those who consider it as an agenda of RSS believe that the reservation should also be based on economic status.
In the wake of ensuing Bihar assembly elections, and there after in UP, Bhagwat’s opinion is significantly disturbing. It may be recalled here that during the Lok Sabha elections when Congress senior leader Janardan Dwivedi  too had emphasized the need for reservation on economic basis, his party was required to put forth its ideology over the issue. Bhagwat’s statement has caused a flutter in various sections of society though the BJP has detached itself from such statement.

On the other hand, RSS Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vadiya, through a press release, has clarified the RSS stand over the issue and has said that Bhagwat’s statement is being misinterpreted. However, Bhagwat’s statement has created a flutter all over. As a result, Patidar community of Gujarat, which is considered affluent community, has intensified its demand for reservation.