Ranchi: Talking about the issue of reservation, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan expressed doubt over its effectiveness. The LS Speaker further said that merely giving reservations would not do much for the development of backward families and, also for the country. She added that all those who have achieved something in life, must think about their contribution to the society. Only reservation is not enough to bring a change in the country, she said maintaining her personal opinion,
“Mujhe aarakshan mila, main kuch jivan mein ban gaya to maine jivan ke kitne chan aise bitaye soochne mein ki maine mere samaaj ko baanta kitna hai? Yeh sochna bahut zaroori hai. Kya uska fayeda hai? Kya aarakshan ka yahi kalpana hai?,” Sumitra Mahajan was reported as saying.
Backing her stance, Mahajan asserted that Babasaheb (BR) Ambedkarji’s himself said that reservation is required for only 10 years. “He visualised equal development within 10 years. But it didn’t happen. Even those present in Parliament kept on extending reservation for 10 years,” the LS Speaker said.
Mahajan made this statement while addressing a gathering in the concluding session of Lokmanthan 2018, held at Mega Sports Complex in Jharkhand’s Hotwar. It must be noted that Lokmanthan 2018 was a four-day conclave of right-wing thinkers who shared their ideas on ‘nation building’.