The religious minorities in India are victims of deprivation, discrimination and suppression. If democracy is to be meaningful, all communities must get equal opportunities in all spheres of life and the discrimination against the minorities must be abolished. The Sachar Committee had brought out an objective picture about the condition of the Muslims in the country. The Ranganath Mishra Commission has dealt with the problem of all minorities. It should be noted that the Ranganath Mishra Commission has not treated only the Muslims, Christians and Buddhists as minorities but also has treated the Hindus as minorities in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Nagaland, Mizoram and Lakhadiv.The Commission has recommended several measures for upliftment of minorities.
The Commission submitted its report before the Central Government in 2007. But it is unfortunate that neither the Central Government nor any state government has taken any step towards implementation of recommendations of the Commission. This convention is putting forward the demand to implement the recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Commission .It is also resolving to build a state-wide movement with the above demands and co-ordinate this movement with similar movements in other states.
The recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Commission are manyfold. It is natural that its implementation will be a long-drawn process even if the government has the best of intentions. Keeping this in mind, this convention is putting forward the following immediate demands. These demands will also test the intentions of the government.
1. Reserve 15 % of jobs and seats in educational institutions under central government ( 10 % for Muslims and 5 % for other minorities.)
2. In the states, reserve jobs and seats according to the share of the minorities in the respective states. In West Bengal,reserve 30 % of jobs and seats for the minorities (25 % for the Muslims and 5 % for other minorities)
3. Those communities among minorities whose Hindu counterparts have been treated as SC or ST should also be treated as SC or ST. For example, the Rajbanshis are treated as SCs in West Bengal. But those Rajbanshis who have been converted are not treated as SCs. They,too, should be treated as SCs. There are many such examples in the country.
4. All minorities, except those who will be classified as SC or ST should be treated as OBCs. While giving them reservation, the economically weaker sections among them should get the preference. But if the quota of reservation is not fulfilled by candidates from lower income groups, then those reserved seats should be opened to minorities of higher income groups..And, under no circumstances, should they be opened to majority community.
In order to build a state-wide movement with the above demands, this convention is appointing a Preparatory Committee in the name of SANJUKTA SANKHYALAGHU SANRAKHAN MANCHA. The names of the members of the committee are given below.
This convention is empowering the Preparatory Committee to make arrangements for a demonstration in Kolkata on 7th May 2012. The Preparatory Committee will organize campaigns in the districts, The expenses of the movement will be borne through collections from friends and well-wishers.
Members of the Committee
Md Tajmul Haque Dulal
Munshi Abul Kashem