Mangalore, March 12: Reservation is the most immediate need of Muslims and it is the best solution for the Muslim emancipation from their ghettos and shanty towns, said KM Shareef, National General Secretary, PFI. He was addressing an awareness programme organized by Popular Front of India as part of its ongoing two month long nationwide reservation campaign at Nehru Maidan, here on Friday, March 12.
More than seven thousand people participated in the programme. Hundreds of PFI workers had thronged to the venue from different parts of the undivided DK District.
Saying that the progress of country is tied with the progress of Muslims, Shareef opined that in today’s situation reservation is necessary for Muslims’ welfare.
“If government will not give Muslims their right, they will come out on the road to get it”, he warned.
Praising the Secular Constitution of India which assured equality to every citizen of the country, he pointed out the Indian Muslims are deprived of their constitutional rights.
Blaming the politicians and political parties for widespread corruption he said that the sovereignty of this country is being handed over to foreigners and enemies of this country by the politicians.
Reminding the report submitted by the Prime Minister’s High Level Committee (Justice Rajindar Sachchar Committee) in November 2006 which has identified the entire Muslim community as more backward than any Other Backward Communities, he said that enough discussion are going on about this report in closed doors but not in policy making places such as Assemblies and Parliaments.
E Aboobakar, National President, Social Democratic Party of India, in his address said that the political parties are deliberately sidelining the Muslim community without any hesitation.
Pointing out to the official facts and figures in the light of Sachar Committee report, that Muslim presence in the education and government service is far below their proportion of population he said, the gap between Muslims and other communities increases as the level of education increases.
“Unemployment rates among Muslims are highest”, he added.
It is in this context, that he said that the recommendations of the recently submitted Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission Report has become significant."If Sachchar report rightly diagnosed the issue, Mishra report contains the right prescription", E Aboobakar remarked.
The Mishra Commission has earmarked 15 per cent of government jobs and seats in educational institutions for minorities, out of which 10 per cent exclusively for the Muslim Community. As an alternate suggestion, it has earmarked 8.4 per cent out of existing OBC quota of 27 per cent for minorities, of which 6 per cent exclusively for Muslim OBCs.
Deekayya, Chief of Samaja Parivarthana Chalavali, Mudubidre said that the upper caste people succeeded in grabbing political power from the minorities and non-Brahmins through sowing the seed of division among Muslims and Daliths.
To eradicate social injustice, he said, political struggle is the only way ahead.
Another chief guest William Marties, President, Udyavara Church said, that the Christians and Dalits are ready to struggle for social justice to achieve social justice in this country together with Muslims.
In his presidential address, Elyas Muhammad, President, PFI Karnataka, made it clear that there is no legal problem with providing reservation to Muslims but government needs to make efforts sincerely in this regard.
Anwar Sadath, President, PFI, DK District, welcomed the guests and gave an introduction to the programme. Haider Neersal, President, PFI Puttur delivered vote of thanks.