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Caste-based quota is not the answer: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

A Correspondent in Mumbai | May 29, 2006 12:47 IST

Art of Living Foundation head Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Sunday said caste-based reservations will not end disparities in the society.

The government is planning to reserve 27 per cent of seats in central educational institutions for the Other Backward Classes.

Expressing concern over the anti-reservation agitations raging across the country, Ravi Shankar said there should not be discrimination against anyone for being born in a particular caste.

"While being born in a particular caste should not be a curse, reverse discrimination is not the way for justice," Ravi Shankar said in a statement from Durban in South Africa.

Advocating economic support for the downtrodden, the spiritual leader said empowerment of all castes and communities was essential as there were poor people in every community.

"We need measures to unite the country and remove inequality at all levels. Reservation on the basis of caste will not only divide the country, but also hurt the self-esteem of our people," he said.

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Reservation for SCs and STs is there for last 58 years. Now additional, I repeat, additional quota of 27% for OBCs. Reservation for SCs and ...

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Shri Shri Ravi Sankar rightly said for theactual aim and ambitations of a progress and prosperious India and maintain equliberium in the society only poor ...

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I feel the study of vedas reflect no caste system at all. Indian caste system has been an outgrowth of professionals/ division of labour over ...

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God bless His Holiness. I never really believed in religious leaders, although I had nothing personally against any. Today, I have read for the first ...

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There are two different things, say caste and merit. merit should always on upper hand then caste. Giving the reservation in higher studies will not ...




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