Transcript: Muslim League’s ET Basheer’s speech on Quota Bill in Lok Sabha

Important Points:

  • As far as the reservation principle is concerned, it is to enhance the social and educational status of unprivileged section of the society.
  • The 2nd backward commission, Gopal Singh Panel, Sachar Committee report, Jagannathan Mishra committee report and Kundu Commission report states that the situation of backward section is prevailing as deplorable. All these commissions have categorically stated that the most important thing is affirmative action . And that is the only reservation.
  • Economic reservation will be another social injustice.
  • Nobody is denying that upper classes are also having grievances and problems.
  • Besides this you are cuts-hotting 10% from the merit quota also.
  • By doing this kind of thing you are opening a floodgate of the troubles.

The dramatic way of bringing this registration by bulldozing all the healthy parliamentary practices is highly contemptible and objectionable. With every Bill there will be a statement of objective reasons. In this state, even that is contradictory to the facts. The real objective of the Bill is nothing but to create a situation to face along the troubled waters.

Similarly, with regard to the main reason it is also nothing but to meet the forthcoming election. As far as the reservation principle is concerned to enhance the social and educational status of unprivileged section of the society. Reservation is to address situation arised out of oppression, discrimination and inequality against the socially backward section of society. Now here, with this registration, what is going to happen, you are now amending clause 16 and 15 of the constitution by adding 10% reservation on economic criteria.

You all know that adding economic criteria is against the spirit of the reservation. OBCs , SCs STs and backward section have enough problems and is still remaining. Many commissions and recommendations were there. In 1979 Morarji Desai headed govt. appointed 2nd backward commission, in 1983 Sri. Indira Gandhi when she was the PM, Gopal Singh Panel and after that Sachar Committee Report then Jagannathan Mishra Committee Report. Finally Kundu Commission Report. In spite of all these reports the situation of backward section is prevailing as deplorable. All these commissions have categorically stated that the most important thing is affirmative action. And that is only reservation. Now we have to understand one more thing. We were all talking about the Indira Sahani Case. Indira Sahari Case on Mandal was the most important and significant invention of judiciary with regard to reservation. They have categorically stated that criteria for reservation should not be on the basis of economic criteria. Justice Sohavar made in a judgement that economic criteria would allow high reps in hierarchy or the social status to mono-price state power, something that is reservation scheme was meant to counter. This is not going to work in the judicial test also. And that will be another injustice.

Upper classes are also having grievances, problems, is it not a justice to solve that? Ok, that’s true. It is to be addressed. Nobody is denying that. One thing we have to understand is what reservation is. Reservation is to bridge up the gap between upper class and lower class with regard to employment and education. So what is to be done is to emphasize that alone. This is not a poverty eradication program. For the poor section of the society there are schemes and many programs. That is to be done.

One thing I would like to point out is that we are not against any community whether it is forward or backward. But I would like to tell you if you verify the work participation and education status of the backward section and the forward section you will understand the major chunk of the benefit and leisure of the benefit is enjoyed by non backward sections. And that is a fact.

Besides this you are cuts-hotting 10% from the merit quota also. When we are making a legislation we have to think the consequences of that. India have witnessed many things with regard to this. Mandal and masjid issue. We all know that by doing this kind of thing you are opening a floodgate of the troubles. It shouldn’t be there. With all the humbleness I would like to appeal the government kindly desist from this kind of ill-motivated move. I vow that the wisdom will prevail upon the govt. and they will withdraw this Bill , that is the need of the hour.

Transcribed by Tenaaz Mohazin, a journalism student in Kannur, Kerala.

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