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'Quota will not end disparities'

Sri sri insists that India needs "measures that will unite the country and remove inequality".

india Updated: May 27, 2006 13:17 IST

Expressing concern over the fast- spreading protests against the reservation issue, spiritual guru and proponent of Art of Living', Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that providing quota would not end disparities.

"Caste-based reservation will not end disparities in the society. While being born in any particular caste should not be a curse, reverse discrimination is not the way for justice", he said in a release issued.

While advocating strong economic support for the downtrodden, he said empowerment of all castes and communities "is essential as there are poor people in every community".

Claiming that hundreds of students were seeking his intervention, Ravi Shankar said what India needed was "measures that will unite the country and remove inequality at all levels".

Reservation on the basis of caste will not only "divide the country but also hurt the self-esteem of our people", he said and called upon politicians not to "divide and discriminate in the name of caste and religion".