Monday, January 25, 2010

Organiser - # What Justices Sachar and Misra knew, but ignored

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    • What Justices Sachar and Misra knew, but ignored
    • By Radha Rajan
    • Under the Gandhi-Nehru-inspired secular political dispensation, Hindu OBCs and Hindu Scheduled Tribes are being systematically disempowered economically. The economic and political disempowerment of the Hindus is directly proportional to the empowerment of the two most well-organised so-called global Abrahamic minorities.

      Economically backward Hindus are kept out of the empowering quota regime because of their ‘caste’ but Christians and Muslims are brought into the fold in the guise of ‘class’. What is not known at all is that Muslims and Christians continue to retain their specific caste and community identities even after conversion to Islam and Christianity thus nullifying the dishonest justification for religious conversion due to caste oppression.

      Keeping Hindus out of reservation on the basis of caste but bringing in the Christians and Muslims into the quota regime with the fig-leaf of community and class is disempowering more and more socially and economically backward Hindus. Classifying Christians as backward is a stratagem just to enable them to corner the empowering benefits of affirmative reservations in higher education and government employment.
    • Around 40 per cent of all Muslims are already enjoying the benefits of reservation under the OBC quota
      • All-India population as per 2001 census- 2.3 per cent or 24.2 million.

      • About 1/3rd of all Christian population is tribal. Of the remaining 2/3rd, around 70 per cent claim backward class (BC) status.

    • Only 10 per cent of all Christians in the country are not availing of any kind of reservation and these would be largely the Goan and the Syrian Christians, the majority of whom belong to the forward castes.
      • All-India reservation-Total 50 per cent. STs 7.5 per cent, SCs 15 per cent, OBCs 27.5 per cent.

      • All-India tribal population stands at 8.2 per cent while all-India SC population is 16.2 per cent.

      • Christians constitute only 10 per cent of the total tribal population but they corner 90 per cent of all ST reservation quotas in higher education and government employment.

      • Around 70 per cent of Christians and Muslims have been brought into the quota regime as backward communities or backward classes.

      • There is no category called Scheduled Caste Christians or Muslims. When the church demands reservation for so-called dalit Christians and God forbid, that it may ever happen, then the church will de-notify large segments of the OBC Christian population and re-classify them as Scheduled Castes so that they can corner all the benefits of Scheduled Caste reservation just as they are cornering all the benefits of the Scheduled Tribe reservation quota.


      "Fifty years ago, such a revolting outrage, committed upon the religious sensibilities of the Hindus, would have resulted in grave complications and Government would have left no stone unturned to propitiate the Hindu Chiefs and the Hindu population, and last, though not the least, the Hindu section of the native army. Today Government officials openly side, presumably with the approval of the head of the Provincial Administration, with those who break Hindu images, desecrate Hindu temples, plunder the houses and shops of Hindus and ravish Hindu women....Have we Hindus become so craven-hearted, so utterly incapable of self-defence, that the Government no longer thinks it necessary to avoid wounding our tenderest feelings or even to keep up appearances? Verily, a nation gets precisely the kind of treatment it deserves." (Aurobindo, Bande Mataram, May 6, 1907)

      (The writer is Editor, Vigil Online.)

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