MUMBAI: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s voice on the issue of review of reservation might get louder as prominent Dalit leader from Maharashtra, Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of Dr B R Ambedkar is likely to take a stand similar to Bhagwat’s.
Ambedkar has taken the initiative to spread awareness on making the society “free of caste” and abolishing the system of caste-based reservation. He will be chairing a state-level conference, ‘Jatiantakadun Rashtravadakade’ (from casteless to nationalism), at Ahmednagar on December 20. The conference will discuss measures on encouraging people not to use their caste identity. Ambedkar organised the conference under the banner of the Maharashtra Lokshahi Aghadi, an umbrella organisation of several left-wing parties.
“We want to end the caste system. We believe that people should use their religion only not their caste in the public domain,” Ambedkar told Express. He said that he has thought of several phases to create a casteless society. “I have been discussing the issue with our partners. I will also take their opinion into consideration. I hope we will reach a consensus, to a certain point, on discouraging people on using their caste,” Ambedkar said.
When asked whether he will ask people not to mention their caste on their birth certificates Ambedkar said, “That will happen in the later stages.”