New Delhi, November 27, 2006 (By Madhu Chandra): In a symposium on "Reservation: Inclusive Progress or the Death of Merit" under two days' "Summit on the Powerless" organized by Tehelka at Dr. MA Ansari Auditorium, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi from 20 â€“ 21 November 2006, The beuros Private sectors and upper caste opposed reservation system.
The panel inclusive of Yogesh Yadav â€“ Social Scientist, Parushantham Agrawwal â€“ Industrialist, JJ Irani â€“Chairman of Confederation of India Industry, V. T. Rajsekhar â€“ Editor of The Dalit Voice, Udit Raj â€“ President of All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations, Subhodh Bhargar â€“ Industrialist, Sukhdarshan Singh â€“ Social Activist, Arif Mohamad Khan â€“ A Politician, Annirudh Locha â€“ President of Youth For Equality and Sarkarshan Thakur of Tehelka headed the symposium. Delegates numbering to three hundred from Scheduled Caste and Tribe (SC/ST) and general categories attended the symposium including the representatives of All India Christian Council.
While Industrialists opposed legislating the reservation in private sectors, upper caste beuros opposed any formed of reservation system. Mr. Annirudh termed reservation base on caste and creed is injustice to the upper caste communities in India.
Mr. Yogesh in his opening remark appeals the panel to address the issues of centuries old injustice and discrimination cannot be at easy cost of solution, it needs different paradigm to look into the possible solutions constructively. He further differentiates between Mandal I of 1991 and Mandal II of 2006. He says, "While Mandal I was opposed by upper caste in the manner "Why Reservation", Mandal II silently achieved their agenda in the manner "How Reservation."
In "How Reservation" in Mandal II, upper caste used the judicial power to achieve their goal. Supreme Court of India gave an Order on October 19, 2006 not to avail the reservation to the sons and daughters of Creamy Layers of SC/ST and Others Backward Classes (OBC). This order is seen as result of Mandal II.
Mr. Udit Raj says, "Dalits can be divided by Supreme Court's order on Creamy Layers." While defending the ruling of Supreme Court, Mr. Raj says, "It is tactics of upper caste beuros and result of semi illiterate silent spectators of Dalit leaders and Dalit politicians."
"Why creamy layers when there is no cream" is the slogan raised by Dalit communities. Not more than ten thousand Dalit beuros will be listed in Creamy Layer list, which is 0.004% of Indian Dalits who constitutes 2.5 millions population.
"Dive and rule" is the policy ever since Brahminical forces took hold of India, beginning from the establishment of caste system. Separation of 0.004% of Dalit population from total Indian Dalit population is the 21st Century's visible symptom of "Divide and rule" policy of Brahminical forces.
V. T. Rajsekhar, man, whose birth rights to applied for Indian Passport had been denied twenty years for the voices he raise on behalf of Indian's marginalized people - Dalit, he says, "The author of Indian Constitution, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar never asked for reservation for SC/ST communities. He asked only for separate electoral but Gandhi opposed him. Now asking for reservation for SC/ST and OBC is nothing less than asking for separate electoral."
Injustice kept within self for years, when it burst it out in anger, it should be understandable and justifiable. In regard of suffering from injustice, Mr. Rajsekhar says, "Dalits have not taken any drastic violence steps so far for the injustice done to them. Only upper caste Brahminical forces have taken the steps of violence in Babri Mosque 1992 episode, Gujarat 2002 carnage in many other cases."
Toward the end of the symposium, there was protest from the floor on complain of bias in time allotment. It seems less time was allotted to Dalits representations. Be it bias in time allotment or not but definitely there was bias in selection of panel presentation. Although reservation should not be based on religion but there was no representation from Christian community while all linguistic and minority religious presentations were invited in the panel. This could be bias from the organizing committee of the symposium.
Summit continues till November 21, 2006 with different symposiums with theme of Two Nations One Future.