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Instigating Communal Frenzy

CPI(M)'s Stand on Reservations DN (EPW, November 10) has portrayed the CPI(M) stand on reservation for backward classes in a completely distorted manner. He writes: "The CPI(M) which has all along been against reservation on a caste basis and, particularly, against reservation for the BCs, now finds itself forced to support the V P Singh's government's decision to implement reservation for the BCs". This is totally wrong. The CPI(M) has consistently stood for reservaiion for the backward classes. In the earlier period, when it was introduced in various states such as in the south and in Bihar, the CPI(M) supported reservation for the OBCs. At the same time, the CPI(M) has emphasised that reservations alone, cannot solve any of the basic problems of the oppressed in these sections. When the Mandal Commission submitted its report, the CPI(M) is on record in Parliament, demanding its implementation in the debate on the report in 1983.

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