LSE literate PM has no stand on caste census

06Apr07

Prime Minister of India, said to be a regular economist and passed out from London School Of Economics says he has not applied his mind on ‘caste census’ issue. Either such ignorance on the part of alumnus indicates fall of LSE or  suggests fall of Indian democratic institution where  premier is not acquainted with existing Social evil and its infestations; affords to remain silent over the issue that continues to cripple entire Indian society. In a general view, caste-census may produce better primary data required to policymakers and socio-economic scientists while designing effective programs and strategies for eradication of deadly caste virus. A sheer non-concern would mean backstabbing  intellectual honesty and denigrating moral integrity. If atlall it is a diplomatic yet political silence backed by shallow reasoning of NATIONAL CONSENSUS then question is: Whether such ordinary behaviour is expected from a Premier of 1000 million populous country ?
Please read the following news and comment.

 
New Delhi, April 05
ZEENEWS

Not applied mind on caste-based census issue: PM

In the backdrop of Supreme Court recent observation on reservation, the government appears to be undecided on whether to undertake caste-based census, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday saying the matter has not been considered yet. “We have not applied our mind on the issue,” Singh told reporters when asked about different views on the issue within Congress.

He was talking to reporters at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the sidelines of civil investiture ceremony.

The Supreme Court recently stayed the government’s decision on reservation for OBC’s in elite educational institutions, questioning the basis on which it was done.

It had observed that the population of various castes had been configured on the basis of census conducted in 1931.

Congress appears to have tied itself in knots on the ticklish situation, with the AICC unclear on its stand on the contentious caste-based census matter.

While party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan had said that the party was totally committed to the principle of social justice, another spokesman Satyavrat Chaturvedi said a caste-based census has not been held since independence and such a move would divide the society.

Asked about the reservation of OBC students in elite educational institutions in the wake of Supreme Court stay, Singh said the government was exploring all options. The government wants to evolve a “broad-based national consensus” and would be consulting political parties in this regard, he said but did not give any date for such a meeting, saying he was busy with SAARC summit .



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