March against caste-based census in Delhi
Eminent leaders and social activists on Tuesday took out a march in the national capital demanding that caste should not be included in census.
New Delhi: Eminent leaders and social
activists on Tuesday took out a march in the national capital
demanding that caste should not be included in census.
Former Madhya Pradesh Governor Balram Jakhar, noted
criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani and former union minister
Arif M Khan took part in the march.
"We should not divide our motherland in the name of
castes. We should live in unity. Caste-based census will go
against the purpose. The politicians in power should recognise
this while going forward with the idea," Jakhar, a former Lok
Sabha Speaker, said.
"The caste-based census will ultimately divide people and
split the country into many parts. I appeal to everyone to
make this movement a success and make the government feel the
need for not including caste in census," Jethmalani, a Rajya
Sabha MP, said.
They later submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister
and the Speaker.
The Centre last week started eliciting views of various
political parties on caste-based census. Many parties like SP,
RJD and JD(U) are strongly in favour of including caste in
The Government had last month set up a GoM on the
controversial issue after consensus eluded at two meetings of
the Union Cabinet on the issue.