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RSS against quota for Scheduled Caste converts

By Our Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE, MARCH 13. The three-day Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the apex policy-making body of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), today concluded after adopting a resolution urging the Central and the State Governments to deny reservation to Scheduled Castes who have embraced other religions.

The resolution said the Sabha disapproved of attempts to seek reservation for the Schedule Caste converts. The moment a person embraces a "non-Indian religion," namely Islam or Christianity, he ceases to be a part of the Hindu caste system, it said. The reservation scheme for the Scheduled Castes, introduced by the Constituent Assembly in 1950 was very clear on this issue. The founding fathers of the Constitution had rejected the proposal to extend reservation to Scheduled Castes who converted to other religions, and even the British had rejected a similar demand in 1936, the resolution said.

It stated that a public interest litigation petition demanding reservation for such converts was pending in the Supreme Court, but, on earlier occasions, the court had rejected such petitions.

The Sabha said that if this demand is conceded it will render injustice to the Scheduled Castes among Hindus, as a large share of the benefits would be cornered by the converts.

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