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Updated December 21st, 2023 at 21:04 IST

RSS backs caste census, says it should be used for overall development of society

According to Sunil Ambekar, the publicity head of the RSS, the organization is committed to fostering a Hindu society based on harmony and social justice.

Manisha Roy
Representative image of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Representative image of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). | Image:PTI
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Nagpur: In a recent development, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has expressed its stance on the contentious issue of a caste census. Just days after a member of the organization opposed such a census, the RSS conveyed that such an exercise should be used to achieve "overall development of society" while safeguarding social harmony and unity, reported news agency PTI.

According to Sunil Ambekar, the publicity head of the RSS, the organization is committed to fostering a Hindu society based on harmony and social justice, devoid of discrimination. He emphasized the importance of conducting a caste-based census responsibly, ensuring that it does not disrupt social cohesion.

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Highlighting historical factors that have left certain sections of society economically, socially, and educationally backward, Ambekar acknowledged the need for targeted development measures. The RSS voiced its support for government initiatives aimed at the upliftment of these marginalized sections.

The renewed discourse on a caste-based census has gained momentum, with the RSS asserting that any such exercise should prioritize societal progress. 

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Notably, the Congress and some other opposition parties have been demanding a caste census, and the demand had also become a poll issue during the last month's assembly elections.

Two days ago, Sangh functionary Shridhar Gadge had said at an RSS function here that a caste census may benefit some people politically as it will provide data about the population of a certain caste, but it would not be desirable socially and in terms of national unity.

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Published December 21st, 2023 at 21:04 IST

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