Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Reservations for Kapu community in AP

The Kapus are primarily an agrarian community based in the Andhra-Telangana region. It is one of the dominant caste groups with political influence in the state. The Kapu community in Andhra Pradesh comprises nearly 26% of the state’s five crore people.

The Kapus sway is secondary to that of Kammas and Reddys, who they accuse of wielding political power, denying them their due. About one hundred years ago, probably at the end of the nineteenth century, Kapus social status was no different than that of the Kammas. But the Kammas took to business, commerce and education faster. Hardworking they are,  the Kammas were able to take rapid strides to land at the top of the social hierarchy.

The Kapu community demanding inclusion in the ‘Backward Castes’ category which they enjoyed till 1960. But Kapus are not that backward warranting inclusion in BC's list. Separate reservation quota for Kapus is not possible since reservations can't exceed 50%,  and inclusion of Kapus in BC list would be detrimental to other BC's interests and hence untenable.

When Kammas could progress with sheer hard work, why can't Kapus? 
Demanding BC reservation is a matter of shame for Kapus. 
There are no shortcuts for progress & prosperity.

Kapus being 26% of population, during election campaigns, almost all politicians in their attempt to grab their votes made promises of Kapu reservations several times in the past and both knows very well that it won't happen because of conflict of interest and limitations.

After 70 years of independence, reservations in the present format is a colossal failure and has resulted in vertical division of the society rather than doing any good and discussions are afoot for dismantling reservations. A dominant community demanding reservations is ridiculous and untenable.

It has become fashion for politicians who lose in election or position to arouse public sentiment in the name of region, religion, caste or anything to be in limelight and Mudragada Padmanabham a politician of over 35 years did the same. The same was done by Marri Chenna Reddy (MCR) in 1968 and K.Chandra Sekhar Rao (KCR) in 2000. Mudragada was MLA, MP & Minister and he never raised the issue of Kapu backwardness at any point of time in the past. Addressing a public meeting without obtaining permission and arousing passions leading to burning of train, railway station, buses etc are unacceptable and law must take its course.

He (1) won as  MLA in 1983 from TDP and became Minister, (2) won as MLA in 1989 from Congress, (3) Lost in 1994, (4) won as TDP MP in 1999 (5) lost MLA in 2004, 2009 & 2014. In 2014 he even lost his deposit. This explains his political frustration.

Finally fast unto death, suicide etc are now a days being used to steal lime light and must be dealt with sternly and I suggest automatic arrest without bail for six months.

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