‘Quota not just about poverty al­le­vi­a­tion but rep­re­sen­ta­tion too’

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LUC­KNOW : In view of the re­cent Supreme Court judg­ment on hav­ing depart­ment-wise quota for fac­ulty posts in col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties (13-point ros­ter sys­tem), a de­bate was or­gan­ised at the Kaifi Azmi Academy here on Sun­day. Or­gan­ised by the Fo­rum for Crit­i­cal & Pro­gres­sive Think­ing, the dis­cus­sion saw par­tic­i­pa­tion from rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal par­ties, so­cial thinkers and ac­tivists.

Stu­dent leader Pooja Shukla opened the de­bate by point­ing out how the so­ci­ety was fight­ing caste dis­crim­i­na­tion. Aj­mal Khan, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the All In­dia Ma­jlis-e-It­te­hadul Mus­limeen (AIMIM), made a case for reser­va­tion in higher con­sti­tu­tional posts, in­clud­ing the ju­di­ciary.

Mukesh Yada of Aam Aadmi Party, UP, said that his party was against the 13-point ros­ter sys­tem. “The ear­lier 200-point sys­tem must be brought back. We also ad­vo­cate rep­re­sen­ta­tion of back­wards and dal­its in higher ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

Anoop Pa­tel, spokesper­son, UP Congress Com­mit­tee, said that the 13-point sys­tem was “nei­ther fea­si­ble nor jus­ti­cia­ble”. Stress­ing that reser­va­tion was not just about poverty al­le­vi­a­tion but also about rep­re­sen­ta­tion, he said, “With this new sys­tem, the ST (sched­uled tribe) and PH (phys­i­cally hand­i­capped) can­di­dates will be left out com­pletely.”

Su­nil Singh Sa­jan, MLC, Sa­ma­jwadi Party, said, “SP be­lieves that the caste cen­sus should be brought out at the ear­li­est and all rep­re­sen­ta­tion should be made in ac­cor­dance with it.” He clar­i­fied that his party was in “no way against the in­ter­ests of the up­per caste”.

“But 85% should not be left out from any walk of so­cial and po­lit­i­cal life. If our party comes to power, we will en­sure reser­va­tion in higher ju­di­ciary, higher ed­u­ca­tion as well as the pri­vate sec­tor,” he said.

Mean­while, Na­heed Aqueel, state pres­i­dent, All In­dia Pas­manda Mus­lim Ma­haz, ex­pressed fear that the new sys­tem would ad­versely af­fect Pas­manda Mus­lims (back­ward and dalit Mus­lims). Ravi Kant, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor, LU, stressed on hav­ing ad­e­quate reser­va­tion in higher aca­demic posts such as that of regis­trar and vice-chan­cel­lor.

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▪ Speak­ers at a dis­cus­sion or­gan­ised by the Fo­rum for Crit­i­cal and Pro­gres­sive Think­ing in Luc­know on Sun­day.

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