Adyar Gopal Parivar
Death Anniversary of
Mahathma Gandhi -
Martyr's Day
            GSB caste is only a name and does not signify if there are any weaker
members within the community.  There are many weaker members in the GSB
community and if a survey is taken it will be realized that there are more weaker
members in the GSB community now than there are in the SC or ST communities.  
Only a survey using the same parameters of living standards for all people
regardless of their caste can reveal the truth.  
      We now estimate that there are many weaker members in our community who
need support in the manner that SC, ST, and OBC communities are given at
present.
We take pride in being called a forward community and do not wish to seek
reservation on the basis of our caste.  But we do not want to be discriminated
because of our caste, and not be counted for admission in educational institutions
or for providing jobs, in spite of being eligible.   
      The present generation of SC, ST and OBC communities have sufficiently
advanced to compete with the GSB people in these areas.
      Therefore instead of increasing quotas for those people who were formerly
backward and weak, the reservation policy should be gradually tapered off within a
specified period of time.
      If Mahathma Gandhi were here today, we are sure he would have not
proceeded any further on the present reservation policy of the Indian Government,
but instead demanded that it be scrapped altogether.

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Death Anniversary of Mahathma Gandhi -
Martyr's Day
by Mohan Shenoy
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Mahathma Gandhi became a martyr.  We pay our respects to this great son of India
on this day by remaining silent for one minute at about 11 a.m.
Mahathma Gandhi had his own opinion on every aspect of life.  He was concerned
about human rights, a term recently introduced in the world.  It was indeed the
human rights that Mahathma Gandhi meant when he protested throwing him out of
the railway compartment in South Africa in the late nineteenth century for being
Indian, and coloured.  It was then he realized that people showed scant respect for
other people if they are different from their own colour, caste, nationality, ethnicity or
other positions.             
   Mahathma Gandhi belonged to a highly respected community in India and having
very high self-esteem, felt deeply hurt when a railway official abused him even
though he had a valid ticket to travel.
           This discrimination existed in various forms in the world at all times because
it is a part of selfish human nature.  Even now there are discriminations practiced in
subtle ways in India.  The GSB community supported providing discriminatory
reservation when it was introduced, to those belonging to SC, ST, and OBC
categories in the fields of education, jobs, and many other spheres of life.
           But now after more than three decades of such positive action by the
Government of India, the GSB people have become weary of this reservation
policy.   Although it is true that the GSB people enjoyed many benefits because of
their caste in the past, the GSB community is no more placed at an advantage
because of their caste at present.  
Photo: Courtesy Gandhi Seva Sangh
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