The convention observed that the 13-point roster system, set to replace the existing 200-pointer system, will virtually end the reservation provisions for the Dalit and the backward castes and excludes the Aadivasis too.
LUCKNOW — Demanding a rollback of the government’s decision to implement upper caste reservation, Uttar Pradesh’s human rights group Rihai Manch, professed the economy-based reservation as flawed according to the fundamental structure and ideology of the Indian constitution.
“Social justice and Dalit community has been attacked through enforcing economy-based upper caste reservation. This amendment will open doors to finish the reservation provision for the Dalit, Aadivasi and the backward community,” Rihai Manch’s president Mohammed Shoaib said.
The one-day convention held in Lucknow’s Kaifi Azmi Academy, saw immense opposition against the proposed 13-point roster that attempts to change recruitment criteria for teachers at the university level. The convention observed that the 13-point roster system, set to replace the existing 200-pointer system, will virtually end the reservation provisions for the Dalit and the backward castes and excludes the Aadivasis too.
The event observed that even today representation of upper castes, in different institutions and positions of power, is far ahead than their percentage of population in the country.
“The reservation is actually related to the representation of the sections and caste rather than poverty alleviation. Today, OBC makes up 52 percentage of the population of the country. If you add to it the population of Dalit and Aadivasi, it will become more than 3/4th part of the population. But (yet) they have no representation,” said author-journalist Vinay Jaisawal.
Hence the convention saw demands being made for the reservations of Dalit, Aadivasis and backward sections in the judiciary, media and other private sectors.
“The culture of politics by the privileged must come to an end. Instead, the politics must develop from among the common people and the leaders should emerge from among them,” said Ajay Prakash, Editor of Janjawar. “Even after more than 70 years of Independence, if the common people, who do all the hard work, end up empty handed, then neither the country nor the people will get strengthened,” he added.
Manoj Singh , a senior journalist , quoted Babasaheb Ambedkar to emphasize that freedom exists where there is no exploitation and where a section does not commit injustice against another. “We will be democratic in real sense only when there is social justice and economic equality. At the present time, economic and social inequality has reached at its peak,” he said.
The convention also demanded to make public caste-based census and to openly conduct another caste-based census in 2021. This came with a demand to include Muslims and Christians in the Scheduled caste reservation as well.
The event, held in remembrance of late advocate Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated during his fight for justice for the weak, had speakers unanimously opposing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s anti-student-youth-labor policies.
“The current government is hell bent upon suppressing human rights, voice of the opposition and their freedom of expression. This is the biggest threat to the nation. We all will have to stand up against such suppression,” former IG SR Darapuri said.