Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Decline of Secularism As Minorityism

The Decline of Secularism As Minorityism: "
IN December 1988 the Jamia Millia Islamia University was elevated to the status of a ‘Central' University by an Act of Parliament. As a Central University it has been offering constitutionally guaranteed 22.5 per cent reservations to SC & ST Hindus in educational seats and employment; and, steps to introduce 27 per cent reservation for OBC Hindus were in the process. But on February 22, 2011 Hindus were robbed of these reservations without having been given any hearing as on this date, when Jamia was declared a Muslim minority institution. On February 22, 2011 the three-member National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) comprising Justice MSA Siddiqui, Chairman, Dr Mohinder Singh (Sikh) and Dr Cyriac Thomas (Christian) ruled: "we have no hesitation in holding that the Jamia was founded (in 1920) by the Muslims for the benefit of Muslims and it never lost its identity as a Muslim minority institution and we find and hold that the Jamia Millia Islamia is a minority educational institution covered under Art 30(1)