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Nehru was against reservation!

SGPGI RESIDENT doctors read out a letter written by India?s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehra to the then Chief Ministers. The letter stated: ?I dislike any kind of reservation, more particularly in services. I react strongly against any thing which leads to inefficiency and second rate standards

india Updated: May 21, 2006 00:17 IST

SGPGI RESIDENT doctors read out a letter written by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehra to the then Chief Ministers.

The letter stated: “I dislike any kind of reservation, more particularly in services. I react strongly against any thing which leads to inefficiency and second rate standards. I want my country to be a first-class country in everything. The moment we encourage the second-rate, we are lost. The only real way to help the Backward group is to give opportunities of good education… But if we go in for reservations on communal and caste basis, we swamp the bright and able people and remain second-rate or third-rate. I am grieved to learn of how far this business of reservation has gone based on communal considerations. It has amazed me to learn that even promotions are based sometimes on communal and caste considerations. This way lays not only folly, but disaster. Let us help the backward groups by all means but never at the cost of efficiency. How are we going to build our public sector or indeed any sector with second-rate people?”

The resident doctors distributed copies of this letter to people at SGPGIMS and GPO park including activists protesting reservation proposals, passers-by and citizens.

And referring to Ambedkar resident doctors said: “Dr BR Ambedkar, the unchallenged dalit leader, who framed the constitution, was strongly opposed to reservations. He described them as crutches. He agreed to the provisions only on the understanding that it would not be continued after ten years. Today, no party dares even talk about it, much less suggest its modification. If a time frame was given for upliftment of backward classes and still after 50 years politicians say they are backward, is it not the fault of “polluticians”?”, they said.

And they pointed out something: “Do politicians practice what they preach? All women in this country were treated as ‘backward’ by the report of Backward Classes Commission, 1955. If so why was ‘Women Reservation Bill’ rejected by the very same members of parliament.

First Published: May 21, 2006 00:17 IST