RSS leader Hosabale says, Reservation should continue as long as inequality exists in society
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale on Tuesday asserted that RSS is a “strong supporter” of reservation and said that reservation is a tool for affirmative action and should continue as long as a particular section of the society experiences “inequality.” He said “the history of India would be ‘incomplete’ without the history of Dalits,” Hosabale said they have been at the forefront of social change. He was speaking at an event organized by the India Foundation for the launch of a book, titled “Makers Of Modern Dalit History”.
“History of India is not different from History of Dalits. Without their history, India’s history is incomplete,” Hosabale said. Talking about reservation, Hosabale categorically said he and his organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh “are strong supporters of reservation.” He also said, “Social harmony and social justice are not political strategies for us and both of these are articles of faith for us.” Stating that reservation is a “historical necessity” for India, Hosabale said, “It should continue as long as there is inequality being experienced by a particular section of society.”
Describing reservation as a tool for “affirmative action“, Hosabale said that reservation and reconciliation (between all sections of society) should go hand in hand. He also said it would be unfair to term the personalities who led social change in the society as “Dalit leaders” as they were leaders of the entire society.
“When we discuss the various aspects of SC and ST sections of society, invariably certain aspects come to fore such as reservation. My organization and I are strong supporters of reservations for decades. When there were anti-reservation protests in many campuses, we passed a resolution and organized a seminar in Patna in support of reservation,” Hosabale said.
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