The ban imposed by the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on caste-based rallies in Uttar Pradesh is remarkable. It will be effective in reining in caste-based politics, especially in election year. It will also help in curbing populist demands by more groups for reservation in education and employment. Most important, it will create an environment in which people will vote for a party based on its ideology rather than its caste proximity.
The ban is most welcome. It is a fact that many political parties thrive by whipping up caste sentiments and mesmerising people to vote for them. Such narrow-mindedness of leaders has led to several social upheavals and conflicts resulting in death and destruction.
A. Michael Dhanaraj,