NEW DELHI: By giving 10 per cent quota in jobs and higher education to the upper caste poor months before the next Lok Sabha elections, the Narendra Modigovernment has played a master move that few among the opposition parties can criticise.
Why? Prime Minister Modi has accomplished what several opposition leaders had been asking for but did nothing.
When Mayawati of Bhaujan Samaj Party (BSP) rode to power in Uttar Pradesh in 2007, she demanded reservation in jobs for the poor belonging to the upper caste, and the Congress as well as the BJPsupported the demand. Mayawati had won with the help of significant support by upper caste voters. Responding to Mayawati’s demand, Manmohan Singh had said, “If there are ideas about the problems faced by poor children from ‘other’ sections of the community, they should also be taken on board.”
That wasn’t the only time Mayawati had demanded quota for the upper caste poor. In 2011, Mayawati wrote a letter to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, demanding that the provision of reservation on financial grounds should be put in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution so that it could not be challenged in a court of law. Again in 2015 and 2017, she made a demand for separate quota in jobs on the basis of economic status.
Before 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Samajwadi Party too promised to set up a savarna ayog or upper caste commission to address the issues faced by the community, including reservation for the poor among them.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had indicated in 2016 that the Andhra Pradesh government could soon extend reservation for the poor among upper castes. “We will conduct a survey. Based on that we will have no objection to extend reservation benefits to the economically-backward among the upper castes,” Naidu had said.
Kadakampally Surendran, CPI(M) leader and a minister in the Kerala government, urged for reservation based on economic conditions rather than caste while saying that Brahmins were the victims of land reforms, as reported by news site The News Minute.
Some Dalit leaders in the ruling NDA too have demanded such a quota for the upper caste poor. Ram Vilas Paswan, Union minister and the chief of Lok Janshakti Party, an NDA ally, said last year that the upper caste poor should be given 15 per cent reservation. Another Dalit leader, Ramdas Athawale, Union minister and president of the Republican Party of India, an NDA ally, rooted last year for 25 per cent reservation to the poor among the upper castes by enhancing the quota limit to 75 per cent.
Yahoo7 News6 January 2019
A man who raised three sons as his own for 21 years was shocked to discover he had actually been infertile since birth.
Richard Mason, co-founder of moneysupermarket.com, discovered the children weren’t actually his when doctors diagnosed him with cystic fibrosis two years ago at Liverpool’s Broadgreen Hospital.
The disease prevents male sufferers from having children and the Mirror reports that DNA tests have confirmed Mr Mason’s worst fears.
Following the shock discovery, his former wife Kate was ordered to pay $446,000 for her deceit.
Richard Mason and his new wife Emma. Source: Facebook/Mirror
The Mirror reports Mr Mason, from North Wales, believes the 23-year-old and 19-year-old twins were fathered by a man his ex-wife was having a four-year affair with in the 1990s.
But he will never know for sure as the court allowed his ex-wife to keep the father’s identity a secret.
He told the Mirror the discovery left his life in tatters.
“You don’t know what’s real and what isn’t – it’s as if I’m living in The Matrix,” he said.
Mr Mason only found out about his ex-wife’s affair 10 years after their divorce in 2016 when he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
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