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New Delhi: Muslim and Christian leaders today met the
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on the issue of Reservation for
Dalit Muslims and Christians which is denied to them due to the 1950
presidential order, reports New Delhi based fortnightly The Milli
The 1950 presidential
order excludes Muslim and Christian Dalits from reservation and
other benefits given to Hindu Dalits.
Commission has supported the long-standing demand for the extension
of reservation to Muslim and Christian Dalits but the government so
far did nothing to implement this recommendation of the commission.
comprised of Mujtaba Farooq - Secretary Jamaat-e Islami Hind, Dr
Zafarul-Islam Khan - ex-President All India Muslim Majlis-e
Mushawarat, Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mahdi - General Secretary Jamiat
Ahl-e Hadees, Dr Rev. Fr. G Cosmon Arokiaraj - Executive Secretary
CBCI Commission for SC/ST/BC and Rev. Dr Enos Das Pradhan - General
The delegation told the
Home Minister that a great injustice is being done to Muslim and
Christian Dalits who do not differ in any way from Hindu Dalits who
are getting these benefits.
The delegation asked
the minister to consider on an urgent basis the implementation of
the Mishra Commission recommendations including the one calling for
an end to discrimination on the basis of religion.
In his reply to the
delegation, P Chidambram said, the issue is under active
consideration of the government and a decision on this regard is
expected very soon.
He accepted that though
Islam and Christianity do not believe in castes, the lot of Muslim
and Christian Dalits was no better than their Hindu counterparts.