Hosabale defends Vaidya, says RSS not against quota system
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 21-Jan-2017

Jaipur, Jan 21: Setting the dust over controversy due to RSS Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya’s statement on the reservation at rest, RSS Sah-Sarkaryawah Dattatreya Hosabale clarified that RSS was not against the continuation of reservation.

He said that so long as the country continues with caste-based, birth-based discriminations, reservation granted by the Constitution continues and that no controversy should be generated over this issue.

He said that he had aired similar views at the Jaipur Literature Festival on  Friday. He had said, “the RSS supports reservation based on caste and birth based discriminations so long as such a situation persists in the society. This is the stated position of the RSS and there is no scope of any controversy”.

It may be mentioned that the RSS Prachar Pramukh (Publicity head) Dr Manmohan Vaidya, participating in a discussion at the Jaipur Lit Fest on Friday gave a statement on the reservation which snowballed into a major political controversy, especially against the background of the assembly elections in the five states next month.

In fact, the statement should have been seen in the right perspective. Dr Vaidya had said: आरक्षण का विषय भारत में एक एससी/एसटी के सन्दर्भ में आया है... हमारे समाज के बंधुओं को हमने सैंकड़ों साल तक सन्मान से, सुविधाओं से, शिक्षण से वंचित रखा है... यह बहुत अन्याय हुआ है... एकदम गलत हुआ है...इसका परिभाजन करने की जिम्मेदारी हमारी है...एक विशेष जाति में पैदा होने का उसको उस से दूर रखा गया... ये ठीक नहीं है... इसलिए उनको साथ लाने के लिए आरक्षण का प्रावधान संविधान में आरम्भ से किया गया है।

Dr Vaidya further said, डॉ. आंबेडकरजी ने कहा है...किसी भी राष्ट्र में हमेशा के लिए ऐसा आरक्षण का प्रावधान रहना, यह अच्छा नहीं है, जल्द से जल्द इसकी आवश्यकता निरस्त हो कर सबको समान अवसर देने का समय आना चाहिए... ये जो उन्होंने कहा है और इसलिए वो आरक्षण की सेवा है... बाकि अन्य आरक्षण के बदले में सबको अवसर अधिक दिया जाए, शिक्षा अधिक दिया दी जाए... इस तरह का प्रयत्न करना चाहिए... इसके आगे आरक्षण देना थोड़ा अलगाववाद बनने वाली बात होगी, ऐसा लगता है... एससी-एसटी के पिछड़ा रहने के पीछे एक... वर्षों से किया हुआ अन्याय उसके कारणीभूत है... ऐसा अन्य स्थान पर नहीं है... इसलिए उसका उपाय अन्य तरह से ढूंढ़ाना अधिक अच्छा रहेगा, ऐसा लगता है...

However, to set the controversy at rest, Dr Vaidya had clarified on his statement in which he had denied to have opposed to continuance of reservation.

The electronic media without going into the details of the statement, selectively picked up portions and created a major controversy painting the RSS as anti-reservationist and anti-dalits etc. Print media too followed the suit.

This came as the handiest tool for the non-BJP and anti-RSS political parties and leaders to lash out at RSS for the statement that was incorrect. For them it was an easy approach to garner votes in the ensuing assembly elections.