Ambedkar's Idea Was Reservation For 10 Years Only, We Keep Extending: Lok Sabha Speaker

| October 1 , 2018 , 08:19 IST

At a time when various communities in different states continue to demand reservations in education and jobs, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in Ranchi on Sunday questioned the benefits of reservation.  She said that Dalit icon B R Ambedkar had suggested reservations for only 10 years and it was those in Parliament that kept extending it.

"Ambedkarji's himself said that reservation is required for only 10 years. He visualised equal development within 10 years. But it didn't happen. Even those present in Parliament kept on extending reservation for 10 years," Mahajan said.

"The idea of Ambedkarji was to bring social harmony by introducing reservation for 10 years. But what we do is to extend the reservation every 10 years. There is a shortcoming," she said.

"Will reservation bring welfare to the country?" Mahajan questioned.

"So long as we do not strengthen the spirit of patriotic feeling towards our country, overall development of the country is not possible," she said.

The BJP leader stressed that there should be a debate, discussion and even dissent if required on every issue but the decision should ultimately be taken in national interested.

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"However, it is not the responsibility of the government only. This is our collective responsibility because when society stands together, the country marches forward," she said.

Recently, the Maratha and Dhangar communities in Maharashtra and the Patidar community in Gujarat have been demanding for reservation for their respective communities in the state governments. While in Maharashtra, multiple bandhs took place, the Patidar community in Gujarat, led by party leader Hardik Patel went on an indefinite hunger strike.

Last week, the Supreme Court responded to a petition regarding reservation in promotion in government jobs for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST), and announced that it was the concerned state's decision to grant reservation in promotion.