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Reservation benefit to Muslims: a dream
By Obaid Nasir
The All India Muslim Forum has called upon the state government. to revise
the Social Justice Committee report presented to it by its chairman Mr.
Hukum Singh. It has suggested to divide the backward castes into four
categories (a) Ahir, Kurmi Lodh backward castes, (b) Most backward castes
(c) Extremely backward castes and (d) Muslim Backward castes and the whole
range of the proposed 28% reservation be divided among them according to
their respective population. Thus Muslim backward castes will get 8%
reservation on the basis of their population.
The Muslim Forum held a massive convention in the state capital in which
delegates from all over the state and the newly created state Uttranchal
participated. The main thrust of deliberations in the convention was the
fixation of 8% proportionate share for Muslim backward castes provided
under Mandal Commission recommendations.
The Forum has warned that if its proposal of fixing 8% separate quota for
Muslim backwards is not accepted by the state government., it will stage a
demonstration outside the Vidhan Sabha and thereafter it will launch a
state wide agitation.
It may be noted that the Social Justice Committee was constituted by chief
minister Rajnath Singh under the chairmanship of Parliamentary affairs
minister Hukum Singh to suggest ways and means to ensure the reservation
benefits to most Dalit and most backward castes within the purview of
Mandal Commission recommendations. The committee in its report has
increased the reservation quota from 27 to 28% and has recommended that 5%
share be given to Yadav, Kurmi and Loddh communities, 9% to other most
backward castes and 14% to extremely backward castes in which 29 Muslim
backward communities have been included.
Inaugurating the convention the President of Muslim Forum Mr. Nehaluddin
asserted that the demand of Muslim Forum for the separation of 8% quota
for Muslim backward castes is not new. The forum has been insisting on it
since the implementation of Mandal Commission recommendations by former
Prime Minister VP Singh. He emphasized that the way in which the Muslim
backward castes have been clubbed with their counterparts of the majority
community has raised the apprehension that the former, because of their
overall educational, social, political and economic backwardness could not
compete with the latter and will not get the slightest benefit out of
reservation facility. He reiterated that the Mandal Commission and Hukum
Singh Committee recommendations will continue to remain a legal fraud with
Muslim backwards until and unless their quota is separated and a separate
merit list is prepared for providing them government job.
The state secretary of CPI (ML) Mr. Akhilendra Pratap Singh lambasted the
BJP, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress for their silence
on this vital issue. He also came down heavily on BJP government. at the
center particularly Home Minister LK Advani for once again trying to play
the Ayodhya card on the eve of UP assembly elections which according to
him are going to prove Waterloo for the BJP.
In his emotional appeal to all the Muslims the veteran journalist Mr. Alim
Naqvi emphasized the need for immediate elimination of all those factors
which are dividing the community on sectarian ground. Blasting all those
who are causing fissures within the community Mr. Naqvi appealed them to
desist from their nefarious designs otherwise history will not pardon
them. Another veteran journalist Mr. Akhilesh Misra advised the Muslim
community not to get excited at the irresponsible utterances of the
Hindutva brigade because they have now been deserted even by their own
hardcore supporters and are badly exposed.
Professor MK Shervani, general secretary of Muslim Forum, asked the
Muslims to shun their defeated psychology and assert themselves in the
democratic process of the nation. He said that because of the lack of
Muslim political assertion the Muslim representation in legislature and
government job has come to all time low so much so that out of 73
districts in UP there is not a single Muslim District Magistrate or Senior
Superintendent of Police.
The Vice President of Muslim Forum Syed Afzal regretted the insensitivity
of the community towards the government. efforts of saffronizing the
education while the state President Mr. Salahuddin Khan asked all the
Muslim political parties to shun their personal ego and come under one
umbrella to guide the Muslims at this crucial juncture. q