Quota must as long as social discrimination exists: Mohan Bhagwat

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RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat , who was recently criticized for suggesting revision of the reservation policy, on Wednesday batted for quota saying it is needed as long as social discrimination remains in the society.

 

Bhagwat said “reservations should continue as long as social discrimination remains and go only when those being discriminated against say it can go.”

He was delivering a lecture on ‘samajik samrasata’ (social homogeneity) at a programme organised by Nagpur Nagrik Sahakari Bank on the occasion of late Sarsanghchalak Balasaheb Deoras’ birth centenary.

The RSS Twitter handle tweeted Bhagwat as saying:

As long as social discrimination remains in the society, reservation is needed- Dr Bhagwat

— RSS (@RSSorg) December 16, 2015

We should all work together to end the caste base discrimination in the society: RSS

— RSS (@RSSorg) December 16, 2015

After the debacle in Bihar elections,Mohan Bhagwat came out to clear the air over the impression that RSS was against reservation, “It has always been the RSS stand that reservations are necessary. It was only that my earlier statements were not read and understood in totality,” Bhagwat said

Actually, Bihar BJP leaders had said that Bhagwat’s remarks were used by rival parties to polarise the poor sections of the society in their favour. However, RSS had clarified that Bhagwat was quoted out of context and the Hindutva organisation is in support of reservation.

The Rashtriya Sawayamsevak Sangh chief’s remarks on quota in a recent interview had drawn criticism and the grand alliance of parties led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad had used his remarks to rally around the backward castes.

Quoting Bhagwat as saying at an event today, an RSS spokesperson said he observed that only when discrimination is completely removed from the society then reservation can be stopped but it has to be conveyed by those who have been the victims of social discrimination

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