The announcement on the first fasting day of Ramadan by Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr. M. Karunanidhi that his government would promulgate an ordinance as per the government appointed Justice M.S. Janardhanan Commission recommendations bringing in the 3.5% reservation in jobs and education for the backward sections among Muslims and Christians, has brought immense happiness to these otherwise disappointed sections of society. The Chief Minister and the government of Tamil Nadu deserve kudos for this right decision which was long overdue.
Many committee reports had pointed out that Muslims were educationally and economically backward due to various reasons. One hopes that there will be no problem at all in this promulgation as it is well thought of and in accordance with the existing system of reservation in the country. Many other states where there is no reservation for Muslims and Christians should also adopt this example and see to it that these backward communities are benefited.
V.M. Khaleelur Rahman
Ambur, Tamil Nadu