WILL THE RESERVATION WAGER BY MODI PAY OFF IN LOK SABHA POLLS?
was organized in Ayodhya under the leadership of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, it was asked loud and clear why the issue of Ram temple was being taken up after four years of the tenure of the ruling government have passed. Had the ruling party and its allies been so serious and concerned about this issue, they should have taken some meaningful action right in the beginning. This issue, which has emerged strongly in television debates, continued to hound the BJP during the assembly elections in five states. The result is before us. The saffron party had to lose three states. Will the reservation bet by Modi also meet the same fate?
Before reaching any conclusion, we should keep in mind that the Ram Janmabhoomi issue is decades old. Religion can be sanatana (eternal), but the controversies emerging or cultivated from it cannot be stretched for long.
Once the delicate thread of faith is snapped, it can’t be mended entirely, however hard we may try. On the contrary, the issue of reservation is directly related to our livelihood. For the last 70 years, a large section of the society has been living with the feeling of being deprived of the present system of reservation. If this feeling of hurt can be mitigated a little by this decision, then the government and the ruling party can benefit a little. If the opposition wants to undermine the BJP’S gains, then it will have to present its case before the people intensely and with genuine arguments. Do they have populist arguments for this issue?
Here is a crucial question. It has been almost 70 years since reservation was implemented in the country. In all these years, India has gone through many phases of social and economic changes. This is the time to reconsider this system (of reservation), too. Are we not creating a new section of the deprived along with the upliftment of the oppressed classes? If it is so, then how far is it appropriate to lay the foundation of a new imbalance in the society in the name of social equality?
The people who point out the flaws of the reservation system allege that parties have always kept their political interests in mind while implementing it. But issues like education, health and welfare of deprived people have been sidelined. We have been a failure in creating an economy which could make people economically self-dependent. Though some people did get government jobs, the road to progress and welfare of all became increasingly narrower. Had our political leaders reached a consensus on this issue during the election year, it would have been much better and fruitful. But they have chosen to continue with their age-old ways.
Times have changed, when will our leaders change? Shashi Shekhar is editor-in-chief, Hindustan. His Twitter handle is @shekarkahin