Demand to Repeal CAA Gains Momentum
With the repeal of three anti-farmer, pro-corporate laws, now the demand to get discriminatory citizenship laws, CAA and NRC is gaining momentum. On December 15, marking the passage of two years since the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University as well as thousands and thousands of ladies started protesting against CAA-NRC at Shaheen Bagh, New Delhi and soon similar Shaheen Bagh protests began taking place in the nook and corner of the country; concerned citizens, activists and students held a press conference in Press Club of India.
The demand to get CAA and NRC repealed is mounting from the various quarters. BSP’s Danish Ali on December 13 said the government should repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act and release people arrested in the aftermath of protests. Speaking during the Zero Hour, Ali sought PM’s apology for alleged misuse of penal laws against activists who peacefully protested against CAA.
It is high time the Government took a decision to revoke these discriminatory laws, the sooner the better.
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
Sacrificing Merit on the Altar of Vote Bank Politics
NEET is the qualifying test for MBBS and BDS programmes in Indian medical colleges and it offers 90000 seats throughout India. It appears that 59.5 per cent seats are reserved for ST, SC, OBC and economically backward candidates.
So general category candidates have to compete for 40.5 per cent seats solely on merit. Without casting any aspersion on the reserved category candidates, there is a fear that we are abandoning merit criteria for one of the most vital professions.
It raises the old question: why do we need reservation after almost 75 years of Independence, especially in the vital sectors like engineering and medical sciences. We are sacrificing merit on the altar of vote bank politics.
Kolkata, West Bengal
4% Reservation for Underprivileged Muslims
Several expert groups and organisations from Maharashtra have proposed a 4% educational reservation for fifty marginalised castes among Muslims, drawing upon statistics from various researches and findings. Members from the Centre for Development Policy and Practice (CDPP) and the Dua Foundation met on December 9 in Aurangabad, Maharashtra to discuss the requirement of educational reservations for the underprivileged sector of the Muslim community.
Amir Ullah Khan, an economist and the director of CDPP, was right in his assertion when he said that Prime Minister Modi’s dream of India becoming a 5 trillion economy will not be accomplished if women, constituting over 49% of the Indian population, and Muslims, who comprise 14% of the population, are not included in the mainstream.
The meeting also demanded that Mahmood-ur-Rehman Committee recommendations be put in place, including a 33% reservation for Muslim women, a minimum of 8% reservation in state services and education, the incorporation of Dalit Muslims into scheduled caste, and the subsequent expansion of the Other Backward Classes list.
Let’s make concerted efforts to get this demand fulfilled.
Cover Design is Superb
The Cover Photo of Radiance in 28 November – 4 December 2021 issue is superb. “V” symbol that stands for “VICTORY” is most befitting and photographing a farm full of greenery is also appropriate. You have conveyed the message to those people very effectively, which would, otherwise, have taken thousands of words to explain your point of view.
Kudos to the entire editorial team and the Cover Designer for such an innovative cover picture.
Farooq Abdulgafar Bawani
Rajkot, Gujarat, India