"RSS is of the firm opinion that there is no question of scrapping the reservation system. Reservation in the country should continue as long as social discrimination prevails in the Indian society," Bhagwat said while delivering a lecture on 'social assimilation' here last evening.

Incidentally, Bhagwat's earlier remarks on seeking review of the reservation policy just before the Bihar Assembly polls had stirred a controversy, with many seeing it as one of the main reasons for BJP's debacle in the state elections.

On 'social assimilation', the RSS chief said the beginning should be from self and extended to the immediate family, extended family and the society. "This should be done by respecting the diversity in the society, but following the values and philosophy behind the spirit of Hinduism," he said.

Elaborating the concept of 'social harmony and integrity', Bhagwat cited, "No religion, sect, social reformer or saint supported discrimination between human beings. Equality has been the essence at the origin of every sect, which was later divided into castes and sects by us. Discrimination also was born out of behaviour of the people."

Bhagwat, however, stressed on the need to end the discrimination and reject traditions that were redundant. "In the name of tradition, this discrimination should not be allowed to continue further. The feelings of those who have suffered for thousands of years, must be understood. Some sections of the society tolerated the discrimination and injustice for a long period," he opined.

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