Siddaramaiah govt under NCBC fire: Religion-based ‘quota push' in K’taka vindicates what Modi said

New Delhi, Apr 24 (IANS): The religion-based ‘reservation push’ in Congress-ruled Karnataka has come under the lens of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC), as it has red-flagged its reservation policy, observing that "categorising the whole Muslim population as a backward caste for reservation" will take away the rights of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

The NCBC has taken strong objections to the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government’s reservation policy for admissions in educational institutions and appointments in state government jobs, saying that carving out quota for Muslims within the OBC category will rob the rights of the deserving candidates from the backward classes to get the benefits of reservation.

Notably, this comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi denounced the Congress at a rally in Rajasthan on Sunday, claiming that the party will snatch the wealth and ornaments of the public and redistribute them among the 'infiltrators' if voted to power.

A day later, he also accused the previous Congress regimes of trying to bring religion-based reservations for cultivating its Muslim vote bank.

The Karnataka government pushing religion-based quota within the OBC for extending reservations, to Muslims in particular, comes as a direct indictment for the grand old party, which accused PM Modi of communalising the election campaign.

As per the 2011 Census, the percentage of the Muslim population in Karnataka stood at 12.92 per cent.

Notably, the state government's Backward Classes Welfare Department has categorised the entire castes and communities of the Muslim religion as socially and educationally backward and listed them under a separate Muslim caste under Category II-B.

Moreover, it is already providing reservations to 17 socially and educationally backward communities of Muslims under Category I, and 19 communities under Category IIA.

The NCBC pointed out that such religion-based reservation goes against the ethics and norms of social justice which will ‘set a wrong precedent’.

“The religion-based reservation affects and works against the ethics of social justice for categorically downtrodden Muslim castes/communities and identified socially and educationally backward Muslim castes/communities under Category-I (17 Muslim castes) and Category II-A (19 Muslim castes) of the State List of Backward Classes. Hence, socially and educationally backward castes/communities cannot be treated at par with an entire religion,” the NCBC said.




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  • Sanjay Shenoy, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 25 2024

    Naam may kya raka hai Bhai. Same blood in Hindu and Muslim. Any Hospital put Hindu or Muslim Blood on Blood bags ? Any medical will sell muslim or hindu medicine ? Because of politics don't use such words be proud that we are Indians. Respect tricolor. Jai Hind

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru.

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    Chaalu Sidaa acting like concerned!Actually he is not... Last term you see. Dkshi has to do all the running!!

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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    Nobody trusts and believes Fekus words. No merit in ‘Modi Gurantee’ . Nobody has received any Modi’s promised guarantees in 10 years of his reign.

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  • Asghar Pasha, Katipalla/Suratkal

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    Mr.Gautam Das, Do you have any idea what's written in the constitution no clause available to give reservation on the basis of religion. Please do not try to foll the people with your half knowledge. Allah Kareem it will bring bad name to muslim community due to there wrong move. Let people from any backward community take the advantages.

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  • James, Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 24 2024


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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    You will be satisfied if majority wealthy Hindus are brought under reservation quota as per your Nagpur constitution.

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  • Yogi, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    Dear Ashgar Pasha, the Congress is still creating the divide between Hindus and Muslims like it has been doing for the last 70 years. Your community members rarely realize this fact and feel that the Congress is their saviour. You have well said Sir and you have earned our respect.

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  • Abdul azeez, Ullal

    Thu, Apr 25 2024

    What respect? He is not Muslim.

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  • Rakesh Poojary, Vamanjoor/Hubli

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    Hello, sir. Isn't it a matter of shame to use a fake name instead of the one given by your parents? Isn't your good name great enough to bring legitimacy to your comments? Consider using your real name; rest assured, you won't face security screenings like at airports. It's alright; use real names. People here are not foolish, I mean what exactly are you trying to prove!!! Praise the Lord!

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  • Kiran Poojary, Mangaluru/Bengaluru

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    Very well said Rakesh. There are many people here use fake Hindu names and comment against BJP. They think they can win election by doing so.

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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    First prove that you are Ramesh Poojary, Vamanjoor/Hubli. Provide the details of your proof here if you want to be spared by public ashame.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    mirchi lagi, bahut hi theeki hai.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    Those who use fake names are cowards and dishonour their own families.

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  • Collin brangaza, Balmatta jyothi

    Thu, Apr 25 2024

    Tauro is it your real name that shows in 10th certificate? Where in Mangalore ? Update the details for verification and confirmation.

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