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PM Modi’s Pledge For Social Justice: Committee To Explore Sub-Categorisation Of Scheduled Castes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the formation of a committee to consider the sub-categorisation of scheduled castes (SC).

Edited By : Malika Sahni | Updated: Nov 12, 2023 07:48 IST
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In a significant move addressing a long-standing demand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the formation of a committee to consider the sub-categorisation of scheduled castes (SC) during a public meeting in Telangana. The announcement, made at the Madiga Vishwaroop Sabha organized by the Madiga Reservation Porata Samiti in Secunderabad, is expected to have far-reaching implications, not only in the upcoming Telangana assembly elections but also in the broader context of national politics, especially as the country heads towards the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Background of the Demand

The demand for sub-categorisation of scheduled castes has been a prolonged plea, particularly championed by the Madiga community in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Comprising almost 50% of the SC population in Telangana, the Madiga community has argued for distinct quotas, contending that the benefits of reservation have disproportionately favored other SC groups, such as the Malas.

Prime Minister Modi’s Acknowledgment

During the Madiga Vishwaroop Sabha, PM Modi acknowledged the three-decade-long non-violent agitation by the Madiga community. He recognized their struggle for justice and pledged to address historical injustices. This move is seen as an attempt to rectify disparities within the SC community and bring the issue of reservations and the creamy layer into the national spotlight.

Political Critique

PM Modi used the occasion to criticize political opponents, including BRS, Congress, and INDIA, accusing them of being anti-Dalit. He specifically cited Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s alleged neglect of Dalit leaders like Ram Vilas Paswan and Jitan Ram Manjhi. Modi asserted that only the BJP upholds the principles of social justice, positioning his party as the true advocate for the oppressed.

Targeting Regional Leadership

The Prime Minister also took a swipe at Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for not fulfilling promises made during the Telangana agitation, especially regarding the appointment of a Dalit chief minister. He asserted that only the BJP-led governments have brought about positive change in favor of Dalits, contrasting them with other political entities.

Commitment to Social Justice

Emphasizing his commitment to social justice, PM Modi pledged support for the Madigas’ demand for sub-categorisation of scheduled castes. He acknowledged the shortcomings of previous governments and assured the formation of a committee to thoroughly examine the justified demand. This move aligns with the BJP’s narrative of addressing historical injustices and fostering inclusivity.

The announcement of a committee to consider the sub-categorisation of scheduled castes by Prime Minister Modi reflects a significant development in the ongoing discourse on social justice and reservation policies. As the political landscape evolves in Telangana and the nation, this move is likely to have repercussions, influencing the narrative around caste-based politics in the upcoming elections and beyond. The commitment to addressing the demands of the Madiga community underscores the BJP’s strategy to position itself as a party dedicated to the cause of social equality and justice.

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First published on: Nov 12, 2023 07:48 AM IST

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