Dear Imran Bhai,
You have so correctly observed: "Both, the Dalits and the minorities are untouchable one way or the other." I am very encouraged by the abundant support this petition has received so far from the Muslim community. It is only when all of the underprivileged segments make the emancipation of all deprived groups that we will be able to emancipate all of them. Each of them fighting just for themselves is too small to make substantial gain.
Just look at the following facts:
With a population of around 15%, Muslims by themselves can't win many seats in elections. As a result Muslims have not even bothered to form a national Muslim party.
With about the same population share, Dalits (Scheduled Castes) have formed BSP, and have had some success in UP. But the success in UP has been on account of a number of factors: (1) In UP population share of Dalits is around 22%, (2) In UP they have a peculiar four way competition among BSP, SP, BJP and Congress. This makes the UP electoral result very erratic and unpredictable. After winning over 51.12% of state assembly seats with 30.43% votes in
Any way, to make the long story short, Dalits, with just around 15% population are not going to much for themselves acting just by themselves.
Same is the case with the lower half of OBC segment.
Christians, with just a population slice of just about 2% stand to be total non-factors in any election, all by themselves.
But if they embraced each other and each others' causes, they will account for well over 50% population slice, and politically very potent force. Hence the deprived must embrace each other and each other's causes. We cannot embrace each other without supporting each others' causes.
Thank you very much for your support.
--- On Sun, 10/31/10, mohammad imran <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
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