Reservation is a tool that was used by the colonial rulers to divide communities. We adopted reservation based on castes and tribes, thus furthering the divide. The fact that it has not uplifted those for whom it was intended in 50 years shows that the policy is fundamentally faulty. It has benefited individual families, not the community as a whole. It is being extended for SC/ST by another 10 years, and extended to women.

Reservations are undemocratic. They divide communities to abuse them as vote banks. The only legitimate method for uplifting and integrating the society is to empower village and urban neighbourhood assemblies (women have a natural 50 per cent presence in them), such that they control all resources and decision-making. The next millennium should be of reservation-free, truly empowered local communities.


Nation-wide Movement

by Panchayad Parishad

People First had a productive interaction with SR Tiwari, Vice President, All India Panchayat Parishad. Instituted in 1958 by Balwant Rai Metha, Jai Prakash Narayan and other national leaders of that time, the Parishad is a federation at the state and national levels of panchayati raj institutions in the nation. Its prime objective is to promote panchayats as integral to and pivotal in the Indian polity.

The Parishad has been pressing for required reforms since its inception. Shri Tiwari said that he was happy that People First had fortified the concepts and strategies. The two shall now jointly launch a nationwide movement demanding Parmadhikar Ayogs for reforms through janmat-sangraha.

Those interested may contact Rajendra Tripathi, Secretary, All India Panchayat Parishad, Panchayat Dham, Mayur Vihar Phase 1, Pocket 4, Delhi 91, Tel: 225-2530.

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