Reservation a threat to national integrity
First Published : 23 Nov 2008 02:49:00 AM IST
LUCKNOW: The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court has stressed the need to end reservation, saying that its continuation is dividing society and poses the greatest threat to national integrity.The Bench, comprising Justice Devi Prasad Singh and Justice V D Chaturvedi, on Friday nullified the Uttar Pradesh government policy under which one of the two posts of chief engineer in the Irrigation Department was being filled through reservation.
The Bench also nullified the government decision of August 27 last by which Chief Engineer, Design and Planning, was appointed under reservation policy “in contravention of the existing constitutional provisions.’’
Referring to the victory of Barack Obama in the US presidential election, the Bench said politicians in India were continuing the policy of reservation by seeking votes in name of caste, community and religion even though the most powerful country has proved the wisdom otherwise.
The Bench said the Supreme Court had emphasised that the reservation system must be reviewed in five years and stopped once it seems to have served its purpose of helping raise the social status of those considered untouchable and backward, but no government or politician had taken note of the same.
The Bench said the British had by way of proportional representation, the “first form of reservation”, ensured that the country was divided at the time of Independence.
“The present form of reservation had the potential of further dividing the country,” the Bench observed.Pointing to historical research, the Bench said the ancient law giver Manu had not envisioned division of labour on the basis of caste, but “vested interests” had later given certain objectionable interpretations to Manusmriti.