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Muslims getting more than fair share

Muslims getting more than fair share

Author: Shridhar Pant
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: July 8, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/187563/Muslims-getting-more-than-fair-share.html

This refers to Mr N Jamal Ansari's article, "Muslims let down" (July 1) that reminds the Congress of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's remark which arrogates minorities, particularly Muslims, first claim over national resources. Despite insisting on demands that smack of conspiracy to divide the nation on communal lines, like minority status for Aligarh Muslim University, etc, Mr Ansari says, "Now there is clearly a shift of emphasis from old demands to reservation and justice. The new phase marks the changed mood among Muslim masses."

It is appalling that Mr Ansari is shy of accepting the fact that the Congress has already given more than what the Muslims have demanded over the years. It was the Congress that accepted the partition of the country on the basis of religion as per the demand of the Muslims. Further, it was the same Congress that didn't accept the proposal of BR Ambedkar for an exchange of populations during partition and had encouraged Muslims to stay on in this country.

Towards the end of his article Mr Ansari states, "Reservations will not only become a tool of progress for the second largest population of the country, it will certainly help realise the dream of building a new India." I would like to point out that no developed country has ever followed the policy of reservation. If any aid in the form of reservation is provided then economically backward sections of the society should get preference and not any particular community per se.

I strongly feel that a new India must be built on the basis of merit and competition rather than making certain groups ever dependent on Government handouts. Mr Ansari must ponder over the Minister for Minority Affairs, Mr Salman Khurshid's comment: "Inject an ability to compete rather than make them constant beneficiaries of additional help."

Even those who drafted our Constitution granted reservation only to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes as these two groups had been neglected for years. On the other hand, Muslims were the rulers of this country and during their rule no non-Muslim could be appointed if a Muslim was available for the job.

Hindus need to stand together as one nation and protest against being reduced to second-class citizens in their own country.

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