B R Ambedkarís grandson anti-Dalit, says RPI chief Ramdas Athavale

Ramdas Athavale

Ambedkar said he believes in affirmative action for socio-economic uplifto the backward communities but feels the time has come to have a relook at the entire system which in the name of reservation is not serving the poor and the Dalits.

The RPI chief added, "If schools drop the caste column, students from the Dalit community will not be able to get scholarship benefits." He added, "On what basis can students belonging to SC/ST/OBC seek concessions while seeking admission to professional courses like engineering, medicine, business management and others?"

Prakash Ambedkar, however, felt that Dalit leaders (like Athavale) are overreacting without understanding the context of his statement.

He said, "I am not against social and economic welfare of Dalits and the poor. On the contrary, all of us should push for more affirmative action to strength the system to address concerns of Dalits in education, and jobs."

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