There were several interesting (politically correct word for outrageous) comments during recent National Convention for Muslim Reservation organised by Joint Committee of Muslim Organisations for Empowerment. This convention was attended by high and mighty of secualr brigade. Following are some of the comments -
Students Islamic Organisation secretary Shahnawaz declared that Muslims were not seeking reservations as a favour from the state, but as a right. He said
"We should not think of this as a charity. We form 23.4 per cent of the population. Of that, some 10 per cent are affluent and do not need affirmative action. That leaves us with 12 per cent of the nation's population. So we must ask for exactly 12 per cent reservation, which is our due. Not 10 per cent, which will be an apologetic gesture, nor 15 per cent, which will be an unjust demand,"
Ibnais Mohammed of the Muslim Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam told the gathering,
"We should think of India as a corporate entity and its people as stakeholders. We have 15 per cent stake, and we deserve our share,"
Lok Janashakti Party chief Ramvilas Paswan spoke on the supposed 50 per cent ceiling that the Supreme Court has laid down for reservations
"The 50 per cent ceiling for quota is not mentioned in the Constitution but is only an inference by the apex court,"
CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan said a large portion of the Muslim community in India was suffering from a sense of alienation and frustration, which is dangerous for the country.
"In the course of the struggle, we will have to find further proof for securing reservation for the community as a whole. There will also be a need to devise ways of addressing the reservation ceiling of 50 per cent".
Former chief justice A M Ahmadi justifying the need for reservation, said that of all the minorities, the Muslim community has over the last 60 years remained marginalised in all walks of life.
"They have been victims of both direct and indirect discrimination. A special effort is needed to bring them to the mainstream,"
Comments: Its interesting the common theme of Discrimination, fair Share etc...in all these comments