Friday, December 18, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Gujarat quota spoiler

Gujarat quota spoiler

Ahmedabad, Dec. 17: The Gujarat government is set to adopt a
resolution in the Assembly on Saturday against a possible move by the
Centre to extend reservations to Dalit Muslims and Christians,
sparking accusations of "divisive politics".

Dalit rights activists said it was just another attempt by the
Narendra Modi regime to "revive the old Hindu plank".

Sources said social justice minister Fakir Vaghela, a Dalit himself,
would introduce the resolution on the last day of the session, asking
the Union government not to "give any benefits to Dalits who have
converted to Islam or Christianity".

"A one-page resolution will be passed and sent to the Centre," the
minister said.

Asked why the government needed to pass such a resolution, Vaghela
said: "We have come to know the Centre is in favour of extending Dalit
status to converts — Dalits who have adopted Islam or Christianity."
The Andhra Assembly, he added, "had passed a resolution extending
reservation to Dalit Muslims which we are opposing".

"It (the Gujarat move) is a step to divide the Dalits," said Martin
Mackwan, an activist.


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