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People take to streets against Mandal -II

THE CASTE divide fomented by a ?Mandal-II? type directive has left a rift wide open in the society, visible in the demonstration held by people of the upper caste as they took to the streets in protest today.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 14:20 IST

THE CASTE divide fomented by a ‘Mandal-II’ type directive has left a rift wide open in the society, visible in the demonstration held by people of the upper caste as they took to the streets in protest today.

A number of people dominated by youths belonging to various sections constituting the upper caste gathered under the banner of Yuva Kshatriya Mahasabha, Indore and warned the Central Government of serious consequences on the implementation of this decision. The demonstrators gathered at Regal Square and raised slogans against the Central Government for having released a genie out of the bottle. The agitators burnt an effigy symbolising reservation.

Mahasabha president Deependra Singh Solanki and secretary Satyem Singh said that the politicians in order to gain mileage were trying to divide the country by fomenting unrest. Employment was the biggest problem faced by the over populous country having a large percentage of youth and in such a scenario snatching avenues out of the hands of a large section of
people could lead to revolt and unrest.

Even after more than 50 years of independence the country was not taking a progressive and modern approach to the solving of an age-old problem.

Successive regimes had tried their hands to untie this knot but only weakened the ties binding together the various sections of the society residing in this multicultural country. It was an irony that people belonging to the higher caste when at the helm of affairs had taken decisions most harming their kin and Union Human Resource Minister (HRD) Arjun Singh was adamant at not learning from the follies of his predecessor the then

Prime Minister VP Singh who had unleashed what came to be known as the ‘Mandal reforms’. Mahasabha vice president Govind Singh Parihar said that giving 50 per cent reservation to any section of society was unconstitutional as it infringed on the rights of others. The decision of increasing reservation quota in places of educational excellence would lead to deprivation of brilliant minds belonging to the newly deprived communities (higher castes) and lead to decrease in levels of efficiency in the products of these places.

Office bearers and members of Chetna Mandal, Sarv Rajput Parmarthik Trust, Yuva Kshatriya Mahsabha and Brahmin Samaj lent their voice to the agitation by their presence.