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Congress's Janardan Dwivedi's call for abolishment of caste based reservation good for nation and his party
Showing a rare bravery, Congress General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi pitched for ending caste based reservation and advocated to follow reservation based on economic condition. He also said that caste-reservation should have ended long time ago, but continued till now for vested interests.

Dwivedi has said that caste based reservation has not at all beneficial to the intended communities, rather some creamy layer people of that community takes all benefits. He justified that social justice and casteism are two different things and the present reservation system is increasing casteism rather than social justice.

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Quota is always a buzz word for all political parties. No political party ever mustered courage to say against existing quota, rather talks about more quotas for political interest. Then how leaders like Janaradan Dwivedi, who is a close aid of Sonia Gandhi and a principal policy maker of the Congress, suddenly played this tune? Is he saying right from his heart or throwing such a view as a key-strategy? Before going to this question, let’s briefly discuss the merits of his opinion.

Constitution makers knew that caste based and tribe based reservation was one of the affirmative action but not the only and permanent solution. Thus this reservation is provided on a temporary basis for 10 years only. However this was used as a vote bank by the Congress and then it was extended continuously. From the Congress, other regional parties learned this vote bank tactic and followed it beautifully in further dividing the castes as most back ward castes, other back word castes etc. Many communities too started demanding to be in such reserved caste categories and finally it became a centre of opportunistic vote bank politics!

Those who availed this reservation remain cutoff from their community and further availed the benefits for generations. Those who couldn’t get it still remain trailing. The reason is simple, the group of the reserved castes once changed their condition due to reservation became competitors to the remaining trailing population of reserved castes. Thus the earlier benefactors always beat the remaining population making their condition worse!

Hence the real social justice remained unfulfilled and casteism strongly entered in to the society. In the mean time people from upper caste Hindu, general public of minority community despite their poverty, remained trailing without availing any affirmative action and felt like a discriminated community.

If reservation would given on economical condition only, then not only this creamy layer class be prohibited from taking undue advantage but also all poor despite their caste, religion or race can avail the benefit of reservation. Once their financial condition improves, their next generation can be removed from the list of reservation beneficiaries as economic condition would be the criteria. Thus this is a very wise and apt suggestion from Dwivedi.

But definitely Dwivedi’s comment despite its merit is not an opinion from the heart but a brilliant political strategy. It’s simple that only creamy layer people from reserved castes would oppose it and the ordinary people of those castes wouldn’t oppose because they are covered under economic criterion. Further if caste is to go, then entire 50% reservation would be on economical condition and hence their chance wouldn’t be limited to a particular category like SC, ST or OBC.

Secondly minority community especially Muslims would be benefited a lot. Poverty is worst in Muslim community and this community really needs urgent affirmative action as no country can ever progress when its sizable population trails way behind and no help is coming from the state!

While it serves the national interest, it will also serve Congress’s political interest. Every time during elections, they pass bill for minority reservation, which eventually gets struck down by the courts. But reservation on economical criterion automatically qualifies all Indians to avail the reservation subject to their financial condition.

Congress badly needs the Muslim votes, which were really snatched by regional parties. Thus as a master strategist, Dwivedi initiated this eyeing minority vote bank.

However, I would like to agree on Dwivedi’s point ignoring his political strategy because this is the right policy for the nation to move ahead. There may be some political interest, but if policy is right then one shouldn’t object! The nation can’t be promoting castiesm and discriminate other poor only because they don’t belong to a particular caste of Hindu community!

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Reservation jb tak duniya hai tb tak rehni chahiye…bcoz still people believe in castesim.still have high or low caste bases discrimination..acha bhala india angrezo se azaadh hua tha tum ghatiyan logo ne society ko ek caste line mein devide kiya..na krte sbhi ko hindu maan kr chalte toh aaj yeh reservation jaisi koi problems hi na hoti..bada shonk chada tha na khudh high rank mein rakhne ka dusro ko low mein rakhna bina unki marzi jane bcoz us time unki conditions poor thi tumhare paas paisa tha toh tumne khudko high rank mein rakh liya bt kaam tumhare low standard se bhi ghatiyan hai..jitne bhi crime hote hai woh brahmin kshatriya jaise logo ka haath hota hai unka..ab bhagwadh gita ka example le lo jo brahmin kul mein janma means ravan aaj ke samaye mein woh raksh hi samjha jata hai or valmiki jo shudra the apni knowledge ke bal pr usne sabe uscha staan prapt kiya hai..kya hoti hai high or low caste or kya hai yeh brahmin kshtriya or vaishya or shudra..khudh hi sb create krke khudh hi sbko prblems mein daal diya..kya god ne yeh ghatiyan kaam kiya i m sure god apne logo ko kbi high or low mein nhi rakhega…us time kuch logo mein knowledge kya thi uska itna galat fayda utha liya u should be ashamed of yourself..we all are hindu..no one is brahmin, no one is kshtriya, no one is vaishya n no one is shudra understood..india mein jo rehta hai woh sbhi hindu hai sb pehle insaan ke roop mein aate hai..baadh mein tum hindu,muslim, sikh or christian ho..yeh char religion kafi nhi the..discrimination krne ke liye jo char or le ke aa gaye ho..first say no caste n no community we all are hindu..prove kro isko khatam kro isko sbko ek nazar se dekho..inter caste marriage krke iss ghatiyan thinking ko khatam kro..we all are human being then anything else..jo india mein hai woh indian hai okh..n let me tell u one think…kuch lower caste issi baato se dukhi ho ke abroad chale gaye or kuch religion hi change kr chuke hai..sabse kam population toh pure world mein hindu logo ki hai..bt i happy hindu sbhi khatam hi ho jaye acha hai atleast yeh ghatiyan castesim high or low ka system toh khatam hoga aise toh katar hindu kbi nhi sunenge kbi na manenge..kitni zindgiyan kharab kr chuke ho iss castesim ki wajah se hua hai...schi mein narak mein jaye sbhi hindu dil se badhdua deti hun..pure world mein muslim budhist or christian ki populations badti rahe..bcoz tum nhi samjhoge or na shudharne wale ho..
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