Lets see, Can you make some sense of RSS Leader Manmohan Vaidya’s statement about Reservation system in India.
Speaking at Jaipur Literature Festival yesterday, RSS publicity head Manmohan Vaidya said,
“arkashan ka visay Bharat me anusuchit jati aur anusuchit janjati ke liye alag sandarbh me aya hai. Apne hi bandhu bandhavon ko hamne lambe samay tak samman se, suvidhayon se, shiksha se door rakha hai. Ek particular caste me paida hone ke karan unhein sabse door rakha gaya. Yeh theek nahin hai.Yah bahut anyaya hua hai. Yah bahut galat hua hai. Uska parivaarjan karne ki jimmedari hamari hai. Iss liye unko saath lane ke liye, aarakshan ka pravdhan samvidhan me aarambh se kiya gaya hai. Yah bhi Dr. Ambedkar ji ne kaha hai ki kisi bhi rashtra me hamesha ke liye aise arakshan ka pravdhan rahna yah achha nahin hai. Jald se jald iski avshyakta nirast hokar, sabko saman avsar dene ka avsar aana chaiye. Yah bhi unhone kaha hai (Dr. BabaSaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar), ki yah aarakshan ki seema hai. Baki anya aarakshan ke badle me, sabko avsar adhik diye jayein, shiksha adhik di jaye, iss prakar ka prayatna karna chahiye. Iske aage aarakshan dena algav vaad badhane wali baat hai mujhe aisa lagta hai.”
Translation: The issue of Reservation for SCs and STs in India has come from a different context. For a long period of time, we have deprived our own brothers and sisters from respect, facilities and education. They were kept marginalized because they took birth in a particular caste. This is not Correct. This is injustice. This is very wrong. It’s our responsibility to rectify this mistake. In order to bring them along, the Constitution of India provided for reservation from the day one. Dr. Ambedkar has also said that permanent reservation is NOT good for any country. Its necessity must cease as soon as possible, and one must consider to provide equal opportunities to all. He has also said that this is a limit to the reservation. For others, in place of reservation more opportunities and education must be provided. One must try this. Giving reservation beyond a certain limit increases separatism or division. One gets such a feeling.“
Ever since Manmohan Vaidya made this statement, the spokespersons of both the BJP and RSS are busy clarifying that RSS is not against reservation system.
One must give both a benefit of doubt. As it’s really difficult to ascertain whether RSS leader Vaidya is in favor of reservation or not. The entire statement is gibberish (in Hindi, ‘Gadmad baat’). But this statement by a Senior RSS leader is somewhat less gibberish than the one made at RSS mega Event last year.
What is important here is one one fact. What Mr. Vaidya said yesterday is very similar to what RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said before the 2015 Bihar assembly polls.
As far as Reservation is concerned, one thing can be said for sure. If a person is a real supporter of equality, then he/she would be at peace with Reservation system in India and will NOT see it as an obstacle to Nation’s growth.
Speaking about reservation with a lot of “ifs and buts” (in Hindi ‘Agar magar‘), itself means that there’s some uneasiness with it. Speaking such gibberish is just to confuse the listener.