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|RSS opposes quota for SC converts
Milli Gazette Online
Mangalore: The RSS has decided to urge the Union and state governments to deny reservation to Schedule Castes who have embraced other religions. The three-day Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the apex policy-making body of the RSS concluded on March 13 adopted a resolution in this regard.
The resolution said that 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 Hindu caste system. The founding fathers of the Constitution had rejected the proposal to extend reservation to Schedule Castes who converted to other religions, and even the British had rejected a similar demand in 1936, the resolution said.
The Sabha said that if the demand for reservation for such converts is conceded it would 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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