Reservation is needed till there is inequality in society: RSS chief1 min read . Updated: 07 Sep 2014, 09:33 PM IST
Mohan Bhagwat cautions against politics over quota issue
New Delhi: Deploring inequality in society, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Sunday came out in support of reservation, saying it has to remain to bring equality to those suffering from discrimination but cautioned against politics over 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 in New Delhi. 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 it be," he said. The RSS chief said that a society which aspires for development cannot let this go on for a long time and the target of achieving equality should have been achieved after independence.
Recalling that the mentor of the Jan Sangh Dindayal Upadhyay used to say that if one has to make everybody equal, then those who are above the ordinary masses should bow and extend their hand 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.
Calling for social bonhomie and affinity among different sections of society, the RSS chief cautioned against “pride" among the privileged ones. “If you don’t bow down, it is your devastation," he said, adding that there are many reasons for discrimination in the society. Environment minister Prakash Javadekar, human resource development minister Smriti Irani and Vishva Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal also shared the dais.