Supreme Court Judgement on Quota Draws Wrath

Published: 29th October 2015 04:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th October 2015 04:11 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: The Supreme Court’s direction to scrap reservation in higher education has elicited sharp reactions with activists and community organisations pointing out that the court was overstepping its limits.

Lashing out at the Supreme Court observations on reservation, Dr Fazal Gafoor, chairman of the Muslim Education Society (MES), said that they are nonsensical and amounts to playing with fire. “The judge was quoted as saying that ‘some privilege remained unchanged 68 years after Independence,’ which is totally wrong. They should read history more. In the case of OBCs, national level reservation was implemented only in 2005,” the MES chairman pointed out.

The judgment seems to have internalised the Sangh Parivar ideology on reservation. They should look at the history of reservation in India. Though OBC reservation had been implemented in some states including Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the OBCs’ reservation came into national debate with Mandal Commission report which was submitted in 1980 but remained frozen till 1990, Dr Fazal Gafoor said. States began to implement OBC reservation in 1995 but it came into effect in the national level in higher education sector in 2005 only. Though the Mandal Commission had recommended 27 per cent reservation, it remains 6 pc to 8 pc now, he said.  “The judgement deceives ‘class thinking’ of the judiciary,” the MES chairman observed.

M Geetanandan of Adivasi Gotra Mahasabha, said that the judgment, apart from being an unconstitutional one, would further strengthen the Sangh Parivars’ Fascist ideology on reservation. “There is no reason to review the reservation policy at this juncture. The caste census, which was initiated by the government, is yet to be released and the data is to be analysed to take a call on reservation in a scientific manner,” he pointed out.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp