Reservation not the only solution for Dalits: Buddhadev

KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee on Wednesday said reservation was not the only way for liberation of Dalits, but the present policy of reservation in the fields of employment and education would not be withdrawn.

"We leftists think that reservation is not the only way of liberating Dalits. What we need is extensive land reforms in eliminating the evils of feudalism and consequent casteist vices," Bhattacharjee told a function here organised by Dalit intellectuals to felicitate ministers and MLAs of the sixth left front belonging to the backward classes.

The chief minister, however, made it clear that his government had no immediate plans to do away with the present policy of reservation in the field of education and employment. The school service commission and college service commission had been instructed accordingly.

Stating that India still suffered from the dual evils of feudalism and capitalism, he said, this gave rise to caste related problems.

"We find, therefore, that some parties in north India are indulging in casteist politics. They don't use economic yardsticks to measure backwardness. The BJP, on the other hand, is playing their game on the basis of communalism and fundamentalism. This is perversion," he said.

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Published on: July 24, 2001
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