Fears of division of society allayed
R. Indira, Director, International Study Centre, Mysore, said on Sunday that the caste census has multiple benefits, particularly in providing social justice to the deserving and the deprived classes.
Inaugurating a seminar on “Caste census — challenges and opportunities”, organised by the Government First Grade College here, Ms. Indira said that caste census should not be used for political calculations and other such activities.
Describing caste census as a revolutionary step, she said that a large number of people belonging to different castes were below the poverty line and deserved certain reservations and benefits.
Referring to the fear expressed by many people that caste census would further divide the people, she said that everyone should accept the reality that no society could stay away from the caste system.
The benefits that would accrue from caste census were more important than a few disadvantages that might result from it, she said.
S.H. Patel, a veteran advocate and former principal of the Law college here, said that caste census would not divide society considerably.
Various political parties and leaders might misuse the outcome of the caste census for working out political strategy during elections.
D. Basavaraj, principal of the college, presided over the function.