Reservation for Muslims is Fundamental Right – Ilyas Mohammed

Monday, March 1st, 2010
Kuwait – IFF Get-Together

Kuwait : Reservation for Muslims and other backward sections are not a favour but democratic fundamental right. The arguments raised by certain groups against reservation for Muslims are baseless and against the spirit of the constitution. Muslims are eligible for reservation because of their relative backwardness and not because of their religious faith. The 50% restriction on total reservation put by Supreme Court is not irrevocable and should be changed by making necessary amendment in the law, said Ilyas Mohammed, Popular Front of India Karnataka state president while addressing a public meet “Reservation – right or favour?” organized by Kuwait India Fraternity Forum on Friday, 26th February at Teachers Society hall, Dasma.

Popular Front of India Karnataka State President Ilyas Mohammed addressing India Fraternity Forum gathering in Kuwait.

The program was conducted to enlighten fellow Indian nationals about Muslim Reservation taken in the context of Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission Report which has tabled in the parliament without the accompanying action taken statement.
He went on to say that Indian Muslims are being neglected for various reasons since independence and now Rajindra Sachar has diagnosed that Muslims are almost as backward as SC/ST and more backward than non-Muslim OBCs. And Justice Misra has recommended 10% reservation to all Muslims in education and employment, but unfortunately so far the Central Government has not made any commitment regarding the implementation of recommendations contained in the report. Moreover Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh told that a broad national consensus was needed for a decision on the issue.

Mr. Ilyas added that Indian Constitution guarantees religious, social and economic rights to minorities, but unfortunately these rights are blocked by anti-Muslim elements in India. The major problems faced by Indian Muslims are Identity, Equity and Security, which is mainly due to capitalism and communalism and he urged all the Muslims not to wait further for any mercy from others, but to start strive themselves in order to overcome all these issues.

He also informed that Popular Front of India has launched a two months long nation-wide campaign kicked off with a grand Public Meeting at Pune in Maharashtra on 31 January. A Parliament March will be held at New Delhi on 18th March 2010 as part of the campaign. The campaign has been in progress with a series of public awareness programs such as pamphlets, posters, exhibitions, street meetings, vehicle caravans, rallies, seminars and cultural shows in various states of India.

The program, presided over by Rafeek Manchi, commenced with Quran recitation by Brother Abdul Khader Thayyib. Shareef Kodaje, Member, State Executive Council, Popular Front of India, Karnataka and Saifuddin were present on the Dias. Siraj Kalladka delivered vote of thanks and the event was anchored by Aman Sameer.

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