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Published in the 1-15 June 2005 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

Poor show in this year's IAS examination

By Kulsum Mustafa

The Milli Gazette Online

Lucknow: A dismal performance has been put up by the Muslim candidates in this year's Civil Services examination. In the country's most prestigious examination where 422 candidates were selected for appointment to the IAS, IFS and IPS and other Central Services there are just eleven Muslims. Out of these eight made it from the Other Backward Castes (OBC) quota. 

No minority candidate has qualified in the first 50 in the list. The first Muslim candidate Darez Ahmed occupies the 51st slot. The results in which the cream of India is selected certainly should be ample reason for the so called messiahs of the Muslims to hang their heads in shame and the right time for the community to sit up and review where it is heading for. Education should be the topmost priority on the agenda of each one from the minority. If after this poor show they complain of not being given their due in the country of their birth then they will certainly only succeed in inviting snide remarks. 

They have only themselves to blame for losing the opportunity of being part of the decision-makers of the country. They cannot now complain if they are given a step-motherly treatment. On the other hand the so called deprived section of society the OBC not only have 118 winning candidates 13 figure in the first 50 candidates, the ninth position secured by an OBC girl Kanchan Verma of Lucknow. There are 64 from the Schedule Castes. 

The Civil Services provide a golden opportunity to every community to catch the bull by the horn, act as policy-makers. In short it provides a perfect platform for anyone and everyone who claims that they are not being given their rightful place in society to ensure that they are hence forth not treated as a second rate citizen in the country. Education and only education is the weapon that will empower the Muslims and all those fighting against biases to get an edge over the others. 

Maybe that is what is lacking in the community and thus it is the duty of all those who have realised this to impress this upon the community. But unfortunately it seems clear that at least this year the Muslims have lost the golden opportunity. 

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