INEQUALITY AT EVERY STEP, THAT TOO GRADED!
The following is the first editorial (translated from Marathi) written by Babasaheb Ambedkar for the very first issue of Mook Nayak published in January 1920. This translation was first published in July 2010 by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Research Institute in Social Growth, Kolhapur. Translated by Dr. B.R. Kamble.
If anyone throws his glance on the Indian physical and social world as a spectator he will undoubtedly find this country a home of glaring inequality. Despite the blessings of nature and the things produced in abundance the growing inequality of poverty is so much in existence among the Indian masses that it can be easily noticed by anybody even in his unmindfulness.
THE CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL JUSTICE
BY DRAVIDAR KAZHAGAM
PROMOTING EGALITARIAN SOCIETY
Dispensation of Social Justice must be the prime agenda of the State Governance of our land, the population of which have been discriminated in the name of god and religion for so many centuries and remain segregated unequally with gradation in the social hierarchy. The founding principle of the independent Republic of India is to establish egalitarian society ensuring justice – social, political and economic to all its citizens. The dispensation of Social Justice is of manyfold and on many fronts.
RESERVATION Dr.K. VEERAMANI CLARIFIES
Can, those who clamour for eradication of castes, demand reservation based on castes ?
Based only on caste discrimination, most of the population has been made lowered backward, suppressed, and deprived of basic rights. The rule of the old kings also safeguarded the system of caste discrimination in the field of Education and provided the benefits of education only to the upper castes. It is because of this discrimination, most of the people were made to resort only to physical labour thus remaining illiterate and uneducated.
JUST FOR AN EQUITABLE SOCIETY
The recent widespread hullabaloo over flamboyant multi-billionaire, Vijay Mallaya, slipping out of the country at midnight failed to address certain vital issues. The mainstream media went on an overdrive over the government ineptitude in not preventing the liquor baron from leaving, besides wondering as to how the public sector banks gave so much money to him. Social media was abuzz with tweets, comments, memes and what not, making light of the incident and causing righteous indignation among the people.
CREAMY LAYER: AN INDIFFERENT APPROACH BY FAVOURING ECONOMIC CRITERION FOR OBC RESERVATION
The report of the Second Commission for Backward Classes headed by B.P.Mandal was partially accepted and some of the recommendations of the Commission were implemented by Late V.P.Singh, the then Prime Minister in 1990. For the first time reservation benefits were extended to the backward classes for recruitment in Central Government and Government of India undertakings,