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No to reservations

There shall be no reservations in legislatures. To argue that women are 50% of the population and are underrepresented in Parliament and Legislative Assemblies is wrong. Women are free to contest 100% seats and win. If they do not do so it is their wish. Many political parties have opposed reservation for women on various grounds like backward class women should have reservation within these reservations.

Women can become Prime Ministers and Chief Ministers on their on strength. Many are undisputed leaders of their parties.

Reservation in panchayats and municipalities has resulted in proxy rule.

Similarly reservations for SCs and STs should go.

All political parties must have the courage to say reservations in legislatures are wrong in principle.

Political parties should not try to nullify the judgment that abolishes reservations in private unaided colleges. Let not justice be diluted in the name of social justice. There are colleges by various communities including Dalits.

If politicians think pleasing people on the basis of community and sex will get them more votes they are mistaken. V. P. Singh when he was Prime Minister announced reservations for backward classes (52% of the population), conferred Bharat Ratna on B. R. Ambedkar as a representative of Dalits (15%) and declared Mohammed’s birthday a holiday to please Muslims (12%). He did not win the next elections.

Updated: July 6, 2014 — 9:43 pm

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