Popular Front Conducts Community Leaders Meet on Muslim Reservation in Delhi

Monday, May 3rd, 2010


Community Leaders Meet – E M Abdul Rahman, Chairman Popular Front addressing
Delhi: Popular Front of India organized Community Leaders Meet on Muslim Reservation in the evening of 2nd May 2010 at Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi, participated by delegates from several states. The program was in sequel to the Popular Front of India’s all India campaign from 31 January to 15 March 2010 for demanding implementation of recommendations of Justice Rangnath Mishra Commission for reserving 10 per cent seats for the Muslim community in government jobs and educational institutions. The program began with the welcome address of Ya Moideen, member National Executive Committee of the front.

While making presidential remarks, the Popular Front of India chairman Mr. E.M Abdur Rahman gave details of the two-month long campaign and its major demands. He said that the two government documents, namely the Sachar Committee Report and the Report of Justice Rangnath Mishra Commission on Religious and Linguistic Minorities, have rightly justified the case for affirmative action and reservation in services and education for the entire Muslim community while considering it one of the most backward classes of the country. He expressed his astonishment that the latter document was tabled in the parliament without any action taken report which had been an established legislative tradition in India.


Muslim Reservation – Community Leaders meeting Participants in Delhi
Mr Rahman also commented on the way Women Reservation Bill was handled by the UPA government in the upper house of the parliament, without heeding to the demand for sub-quota for under represented communities. He went on to say that under the hype of IPL all other major issues such as shooting inflation, displacement of tribals, increasing atrocities against Dalits, civil and human rights of common men, etc have been thrown into oblivion. The presidential remarks were concluded with an appeal for a long and just struggle for all weaker sections of the country.


Ilyas Thumbe, President, Popular Front, Karntaka State
The presidential remarks were followed by reports of the state representatives of the organization based on the status of Muslim reservation and the intrinsic problems of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharshtra, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Manipur. Then K.M Shareef, the General Secretary of the Popular Front of India, presented draft resolution before the house for discussion and approval.

The highlights of resolutions include: Declaration of all Muslims as backward class, issuance of executive order earmarking 10 per cent quota for Muslims in government jobs and educational institutions, similar quotas in states proportionate to Muslim population in the respective state, preferred treatment to more backward Muslims than to their counterparts, amendment in the Constitutional (SC) Order, 1950 for removing injustice to Muslim equivalents of scheduled castes, and separate sub-quota for Muslim women in legislature.


Muhammedali Jinna, President, Popular Front,Tamilnadu State
A discussion followed on the draft resolution joined by professor Sai Baba of Delhi university, activist Abdul Rashid Agwan, Wasim Ahmad president Press Club of Jaipur, corporate advisor Mohammad Aslam, advocate Mukhtar Ali, and others. Professor Sai Baba supported the resolution with an emphasis that all Muslims should be declared a backward class per se and the SC quota should be increased to include equivalent castes among Muslims. He strongly argued that true democracy does not exist in the country and the political system of India should be reformed in such a way that the hegemony of a few castes and families could be abolished and all Indian people might enjoy fruits of democracy without any injustice and prejudice. Other speakers pointed out discrepancies of the claims and deeds of the political parties as regards Muslims, some of them even went on to include political reservation in the popular demands.


V.P Nasarudheen, President, Popular Front, Kerala State
In his concluding remarks the president of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat stressed on five kinds of reservations to Muslims, i.e. in employment, education, government schemes, capital flow and legislature. He warned regarding the conspiracy to put Muslims against OBCs and SCs through pushing sub-quotas for Muslims within these categories and Muslims should not consent on them and they should go on demanding separate quota for all Muslims even it means to change in the sealing decreed by the Supreme Court. He opined that the delay in notification of the pronounced 10 per cent Muslim reservation in West Bengal services seems nothing but a gimmick to appease Muslim votes. The learned speaker said that he was not satisfied on the Mishra commission’s sweeping recommendation for 10 per cent reservation for Muslims at large and the quota of pertaining reservation should be fixed on the basis of state population of the community. He also demanded for development oriented group census for ascertaining due share of each social group in the fruits of progress and development of the country.

The program came to an end with the vote thanks by the organizer Mohammad Shafi, the State President of the PFI.


Muslim Reservation – Community Leaders meeting Participants in Delhi

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