By Manoj C G
Jun 08, 2009
New Delhi: In contrast to predecessor A R Antulay who maintained a studied silence on the issue of reservation, newly-appointed Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has called quota for Muslims a “double-edged sword” which could create “envy, hostility and resistance”. He has instead advocated affirmative action as a tool to “inject an ability to compete” rather than make them “constant beneficiaries of additional help”.
In an interview to The Indian Express, Khurshid said it was time to explore “angles” other than reservation. He said it was his intention to roll out some “quick impact” schemes and fine-tune delivery of recommendations made by the Justice Rajinder Sachar committee.
“You don’t want to try and please somebody and not get them the comfort of actually getting any relief. I think it is much better to get substantive relief, substantive opportunity rather than stick your mind only on one particular way of doing it.”
“If you can get them what they want by another method... what they want is opportunity, why should we just follow a standard line of reservation. There may be a better way. If there isn’t then, we will come back to discussing reservation. Let us look at other angles,” Khurshid said when asked about implementation of the Ranganath Mishra committee report which he maintained he had not read.
“I don’t think we have clarity on reservation. There are expectations and demands for reservation of all kinds... I think what we need to do is look at affirmative action a little more seriously. Reservation is a double-edged sword for Muslims. Must not do anything that creates envy, hostility and resistance,” he said.
His comments come at a time when there is a clamour among Muslim organisations for implementation of the Ranganath Mishra Committee report which suggested, among other things, 15 per cent reservation for minorities (of this 10 per cent should be for Muslims) in education and employment. The report has been gathering dust at the Minority Ministry for the last two years.
The Mishra commission for religious-linguistic minorities had also demanded SC status for Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims.
Khurshid said it was time to “look at affirmative action a little more seriously” with a view to “inject an ability to compete rather than becoming constant beneficiaries of additional help”. In this context, he said the list of institutions, where scholarships would be awarded, should be expanded to include some outstanding private schools as well.
“The biggest scheme is scholarship. But the scholarship today is largely empowerment scholarship... I think we need to have greater emphasis on excellence. We don’t want to fall into the Macaulay trap of creating clerks. It is important to move from being peons to being clerks. But we want to make CEOs as well,” he said.
Besides fine-tuning implementation of the Sachar committee recommendations, he said his immediate priority would be to identify some “quick-impact” schemes like setting up big medical centres and universities in rural areas.
“If you come up with a housing project in Bhadohi it will have an impact, identified clearly as an outcome of our efforts to implement the Sachar committee report. I think a major big hospital in eastern Uttar Pradesh will have an impact... A hospital is not going to treat Muslims only, it will treat everybody. But there will be a sense, if it comes, that Muslims are not just asking, but they are giving,” he said.
“Whatever we do must convince people that it is effective and it has an impact. It should not be and must not appear to be window-dressing to fulfil some goody-goody behaviour expectations. It must have grassroots impact,” he added.
Courtresy: Indian Express, New Delhi
I think salman khursheed is a more matured politician now. His maturity can be seen in his statement that “look at affirmative action a little more seriously” with a view to “inject an ability to compete rather than becoming constant beneficiaries of additional help”. What he was doing from the last five years, why he didn't try to inject the abilities till now, so this is a new stunt nothing more than that and I believe that Madam Sonia and Rahul can think about the welfare and uplift of Muslims but Salman khursheed can't. May I know the achievements of Salman khursheed regarding Muslims uplift except getting tickets from Congress from Muslim populated areas?
At last I pray to Allah Subhano Tala to provide him an orientation and success to Mr Salman's approach towards Muslim welfare.
Date: fri, 12 jun 2009 15:04:26 +0000 [06/12/2009 08:34:26 pm ist]
From: dr a r mookhi
To: Sultan Shahin Editor@NewAgeIslam.com
Subject: Salman Khurshid off the mark
Salman khurshid off the mark
The minister for minority affairs Salman Khurshid is rather quick off the mark with great enthusiasm. He seems to be having a much thought out road map to Muslim empowerment and seems to know the pitfalls too.
In an interview to the Indian express, Khurshid said it was time to explore “angles” other than reservation for the uplift of Muslims and other minorities. He said it was his intention to roll out some “quick impact” schemes and fine-tune delivery of recommendations made by the justice Rajinder Sachar committee.”
“you don’t want to try and please somebody and not get them the comfort of actually getting any relief. I think it is much better to get substantive relief, substantive opportunity rather than stick your mind only on one particular way of doing it.”
“if you can get them what they want by another method... What they want is opportunity, why should we just follow a standard line of reservation. There may be a better way. If there isn’t then, we will come back to discussing reservation. Let us look at other angles,” khurshid said when asked about implementation of the Ranganath Mishra committee.
On the subject of reservations he elaborates further:
“i don’t think we have clarity on reservation. There are expectations and demands for reservation of all kinds... I think what we need to do is look at affirmative action a little more seriously. Reservation is a double-edged sword for Muslims. Must not do anything that creates envy, hostility and resistance,” he said.
No doubt reservation is a double edged sword. Also any reservation on the basis of religion is of doubtful constitutionality. The opinion among even Muslim thinkers is divided on this issue. A noted educationist of vadodara, gujarat, dr juzar bandukwala has this to say on the subject:
“muslim reservation will harm the community far more than any benefits we may derive. As has been proved in the case of sc / st, these benefits tend to be cornered by a small group. Example Meenas of Rajasthan. The diversity of Muslim mass is so vast, that the benefits will only flow to a select group, while hardly anything will percolate down to those who really need it. This itself will create a big divide within the Muslim community. Further non Muslims will resent this religious quota, but my opposition is more basic. Once a person avails of reservation, quality and merit are viewed as compromised..
No wonder sc or st doctors cannot practice in private, whereas muslim doctors can compete with non Muslim doctors, even in a communalized state like Gujarat. I want Muslim doctors or engineers or management experts to be the best in their field, and be viewed as so, even by non Muslims. That is the only way our community can raise itself from its current despondent state. Once reservation comes in, Muslims will be seen as having entered by the back door. Even our best will be stamped as such. That makes it impossible for the community to rise out of our backward state. We will be permanently backward. I do not want that to happen.
We may get a few police constables and clerks in service. Our future lies only in quality education and business. The race for backwardness is harmful to us.”
Also asking for reservation or concessions on religious ground is tantamount to gnawing at the roots of secularism, which is best avoided.
Among the other angles khurshid’s eye is on the proper utilization of ill-managed Muslim Wakf assets which run into [at one estimate] one lakh crores. The income from Ajmer Dargah alone can give good education to every Muslim child in Rajasthan. An illustration of what a reasonably well-managed trust can do is the Dargah of Khwaja Bande Nawaz which runs numerous educational institutions and medical facilities. Khurshid is right in thinking that the wakf properties if managed wisely can be a source of enormous amount available for community’s welfare and uplift. There is already a joint parliamentary committee working on it.Salman Khurshid intends to infuse some much needed dynamism in this jpc, which is working rather sluggishly.
The other project on which the minister wants to go cracking is the equal opportunity commission. On the very first meeting with the officials of the ministry
The minister has emphasized on early setting up the commission. This is a long overdue step aimed at giving to the minorities equal opportunity and a level playing field. This will address the grievance among Muslims of being discriminated against. May be the minister, in addition to being a good administrator, will have to do some social activism
So, if salman khurshid wants to consider “ angles “other than reservations towards affirmative action for the minorities, he deserves Muslim community’s whole-hearted support. The fact that he is not considering reservation as the be all and end all of any affirmative action for Muslims has raised many hackles in the Muslim community. There are Muslim opinion-makers and Muslim bodies who consider reservations to be the panacea for the ills of the community. Among them there are some who have a notion that it was’ the Muslims’ vote which gave congress such success in the last election and therefore they are entitled to a pound of flesh. let the community not forget that salman khurshid has mentioned reservations as the last option. The clamour for reservation may be kept on hold.
When sachar committee was instituted, the bjp had raised objections to its very formation. Such objection was justifiable because three such reports had been gathering dust in three congress government’s shelves. Still the bjp is on record offering cooperation in implementing the just and fair recommendations in the sachar committee report, as long as they do not smell political motivation. Salman khurshid is fortunate that his tenure will be the most propitious time because the bjp is expected to be most cooperative. The welfare measures which the BJP manifesto of 2009 has offered to minorities, specially Muslims, can put congress to shame. Comparatively the congress has not spared much thought and many words for Muslims in its manifesto. Even if salman khurshid does nothing but implement the bjp manifesto of 2009, he will have done an excellent job.
It will be presumptuous to remind the minister that in a democracy the opposition deserves certain respect and consideration. A good government is the one who keeps the opposition in confidence. In the matter of uplift of Muslims the BJP is committed to be pro-active. Salman khurshid should have no hesitation in working with the opposition. Perhaps the “envy, hostility and resistance” which the minister is anticipating are not there at all. Cautious enthusiasm, guarded steps within the law and the constitution, keeping the opposition in the loop will forestall many a roadblock.
Dr. Mookhi Amir Ali,
Sushma, dadabhai road, santacruz west,
Mumbai 400054 130609
I am in complete agreement with the views of traveler and Mr. Basha (except personal attack -marrying a Christian, etc.) on Salman Khursheed who is a headless chicken in the Congress basket, a face to lure Muslims who really don’t care for him or his views. Traveler has said enough on his role in AMU but did not say anything about his role in Jamia Millia Islamia. Needless to say, I am referring to his role during Anti-Mursheer Ul Hasan agitation during early 1990s.
Firebrand Dalit Leader late Budha Priya Maurya would often say in his personal talk that ' a Ji Hazoor Muslim and a Chaploos Dalit Leader is always welcome in Congress'. His observation is still relevant and meaningful.
SALMAN KHURSHEED- a muslim leader who could never win muslim hearts in his entire political career.. he continues to reap the benefits of being born to salman khursheed who by fault or default was son in law of late president zakir husain..then marrying a christian woman who is always pleading sonia gandhi for her husband
This man has single handedly destroyed the congress party in U.P ( remember his term as state president till almost last year), muslims instead of joining congress chose to distance themselves from the congress under his leadership ( If at all he has one).. similarly this man has corrupted the prestigious Aligarh Muslim university by influencing too many undeserving appointments in it's faculties, once a QAYAMGANJI relative of salman khursheed applies for a lecturer's post he has to be accomodated mostly at the cost of some brilliant candiadte who is quickly shown the door of his dear alma- mater.., the usual carrot shown to the vice- chancellors remain an offer to make him some ambassador ( i personally know the case of ex- A.M.U. V.C. Mr. naseem farroqi, in the end VC is usually duped of the offer and AMU sinks to yet another low, This is how the demise of once famous Aligarh Muslim university is written. On similar charges the DPS ( delhi Public school) society ultimately kicked out Salman Khursheed..They were more smart than Muslims intellectuals of Aligarh to timely get rid of this perpetual parasite
he is just a muslim face congress needs to flaunt now and then so that statistical registers go on reflecting muslim participation in congress led governments, therefore it is a commonsense that salman khursheed has never and will never understand the needs of muslim community in India..
With the kind of support muslims rendered to congress in this election, congress ought to better payback their help than once again appointing the useless salman khursheed as minister for minorties..This time I personally expected saner step from Rahul Gandhi if not from Madam sonia but it appears that night is continuing and the sunrise is still a distant dream for muslims of india.
ON QUOTA TO MUSLIMS, SALMAN KHURSHEED IS NOT TALKING SENSE (Posted in new age islam.com) 9.6.2009 7.30 p.m.
By A.M. Jamsheed Basha, Chenni-based Columnist.
Salman Khursheed, the newly appointed Minister for Minorities affairs was talking anything but sense. He said the claim for minorities to quota would work against them. He termed it as "double edged sword" and it would create "envy, hostility and resistance". Let me ask this gentleman, who are these SCs/STs? They are not Muslims or Christians. They are very much Hindus. They were granted quotas in legilatures, local bodies, employment education and every where. Did it create any envy, hostility and resistance among the forward or backward members of the same Hindu community? Never. On the otherhand, these groups which form 37% of India's population continue to enjoy the benefit of reservations and quotas unhindered without any envy, hostility and resistance even after 61 years of independenc. Baba Ambedkar wanted thiese concessions to be in force for first 15 years. But they have been extended upto this date. It is a different thing, that the Dalits too are the victims of neglect in many parts of the country and exploitation too. When this could happen to them, why not to minorities especially Muslims who form the biggest minority nay second biggest majority with 20% of the billion and more of the country's population. Muslims deserve such reservations as they could not progress socio-economically at such rate and speed as the Dalits have done in the country owing to neglect and lack of opportunities to them. Similarly, the illeteracy rate among the Muslims is so high, that it becomes impossible for them to compete with others on equal terms. Muslims have not too many higher educational institutions of their own, to produce high rate of professional graduates. There is therefore a necessity to encourage them to attain modern and higher education by giving them due representation on the basis of their population. Reservation on the basis of the population is the only workable solution for Muslims of India to progress. Take the case of AP and Tamilnadu where Muslims were given 5% and 3% reservations in education and employment by the respective govts in the states. Why not other states and centre to follow the example of AP and Tamilnadu?
Instead of being afraid of these little things like envy or hostility, Salman Khursheed should sincerely take follow up action on the recommendations of Justice Sachar Committee, which is a bold report on the pathetic conditions of Muslims in India. What better alternative Khursheed can evolve than the one suggested. We need reservations not only in employment and education but also in legislatures where our representation is almost nil. We need no separte electorate system, as that would affect the chances of Muslims winning in most of the constituencies. What we need is atleast 20% resrevation in all legislatures including parliament, local bodies and panchayats. This would give an opportunity for the community representatives to participate in the nation building and fight for their rights. When the community is denied any such concession and asked to compete with others on equal terms with unequal opportunities in all spheres, is asking for moon.
Salman Khursheed should better think on the above lines and force the govt to pass necessary legislation to provide reservations to Muslims. First and foremost thing he should do is to convince the Govt to implement all the recommendations of Justice Sachar Committee. This alone would satisfy the Muslim community. Jai Hind.
Finally, some good suggestions like housing, hospitals are being discussed.
Unless we address basic issues and also talk about helping ourselves nobody will give us anything.
The views of Salman Khursid sound more progressive than that of Justice Ranganath Mishra. May be because, unlike Justice Mishra who had a political ambition behind recommending on the lines of Sonia's desire; newly appointed Minorities affairs Minister Mr. Khursid wants to genuinely help the Muslims in our country in order to ameliorate their living conditions and add dignity to their living.
Justice Mishra has pretended to be more Muslim than Prophet Muhammad by recommending all sorts of preferential avenues that would perpetuate the dependence of the Muslim community on the ruling party. There is the famous saying in Chinese; If your child is fond of eating fish every day, instead of buying fish for him teach him fishing. Mr. Khursid's thinking has the underlying Chinese wisdom.