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Friday, July 06, 2007

Vision for Uplift of Dalits: Financial empowerment is foremost need, education can come later!

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo and UP Chief Minister Mayawati feels that the quickest way towards empowerment of Dalits is through economic opportunity.

This is the reason that she wants quota in allotment of petrol pumps to Dalits in Uttar Pradesh. Her vision is clear.

Once a person gets a petrol pump allotted, it is not only the family but all their relatives and the entire clan that also gets financially empowered.

With prosperity comes social respect. Surely the children would then study in English medium schools and then there is no stopping the process of speedy empowerment.

At police stations across the state, the quota for Dalits, will also bring empowerment. Dr BR Ambedkar always maintained that Dalits should inhabit urban areas [where there is less caste discrimination] in large numbers and also their strength could thus be seen at places where it matters.

Just an educational drive can't be enough to bring a change and it will also be long-term. However, the results of financial empowerment are visible much earlier. In comparison, the overall educational backwardness of Muslims doesn't seem to have a solution in near future. The drop out rate is unusually high.

As far as allotment of gas agencies and petrol pumps is concerned, the situation is abysmal. Have the Muslim MPs ever been questioned with regard to the discretionary quota? Muslims, in general, find it very difficult to get even bank credit, let alone having the land or cash needed as security to furnish.

My concern is not about Muslims alone. Rather about the policy regarding allocation of petrol pumps to those belonging to rich class, who continue to get richer. However, the underprivileged belonging to any caste or religion, hardly get such allotments, which are sure shot ways for upward mobility. Even getting a ration shop or kerosene outlet, is a Herculean task for the ordinary Indian citizens, unless he is 'connected'.

Except the quota for kin of freedom fighters and martyrs, mostly it is given on pure connections and through corrupt practices. The allotments were cancelled owing to such irregularities by the Supreme Court, which had stated that MPs can't be petrol pump dealers.

11 comments:

timols said...

very true... Mayawatiji has guts to take on the establisments, our leaders are too dependent on their political masters for their survival.

Raza Rumi said...

Good post - economic opportuntiy will create the demand for education as well. However, techncial training is also important for the backward classes (I hate using this term - but for the lack of a better expression)..

Miracles said...
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Miracles said...

The future of Muslims does not rest in madrasa education.

With the Sachar report having already served as an eye-opener to the harsh reality about the status of Muslims in Indian society, the question is whether in fact this will propel the government to take some constructive steps towards improving their conditions or would its relevance be confined to noise made in media circles and a little bit of political rhetoric.

Miracles said...

The future of Muslims does not rest in madrasa education.

With the Sachar report having already served as an eye-opener to the harsh reality about the status of Muslims in Indian society, the question is whether in fact this will propel the government to take some constructive steps towards improving their conditions or would its relevance be confined to noise made in media circles and a little bit of political rhetoric.

Miracles said...

There are no two opinions now about Indian Muslims having received to-date a step-motherly treatment from the Indian government. Data collected by Prime Minister’s High Level Committee, headed by Justice (retd) Rajinder Sachar on their social, economic and education status reveals many mind-boggling facts. In rural areas, 94.9% of Muslims living below poverty line fail to receive free food grain.
Only 3.2% of Muslims get subsidized loans, with just 1.9% benefiting from the Antyodaya Anna Yojana Scheme, a program supposed to prevent starvation among the extremely poor by providing food grains at a subsidized rate. Compared to the national average of 43% of people not having land in rural areas, that of Muslims is 60.2%. Only 2.1% of Muslim farmers have tractors, while just 1% own hand pumps.
Educationally, 54.6% of Muslims in villages and 60% in urban areas have never been to schools. The national average for this is 40.8% in rural areas and 19.9% in urban. In rural areas, only 0.8% of Muslims are graduates, while in urban areas despite 40% of the Muslims receiving modern education only 3.1% are graduates. Only 1.2% of Muslims are post-graduates in urban areas.
The representation of Muslims in government employment does not match their population in any state. While West Bengal has 25% Muslim population, only 4.2% are employed in state services. In Assam, with a 40% Muslim population, only 11.2% are in government employment. Kerala has 20% Muslims, but only 10.4% of government employees are Muslim.
Though Uttar Pradesh and Bihar Muslims are viewed as an important vote-bank, their employment in state services here is less than a third of their population. A better picture is projected by data collected in Karnataka, where against Muslim population of 12.2%, 8.5% are employed in government services. While in Gujarat, of the 9.1% Muslim population, 5.4% are in state jobs, in Tamil Nadu, against a 5.6% Muslim population, 3.2% are employed in government.
Where the representation of Muslims in high-ranking jobs in state public sector units (PSUs) is concerned, the figures are more dismal. Though West Bengal is known as a political bastion of the left bloc, the ones who have always spoken strongly against parties entertaining communal bias, the state has zero% Muslims in state PSUs. While Kerala has 9.5% in state PSUs, Maharashtra has only 1.9%.

Miracles said...

There are no two opinions now about Indian Muslims having received to-date a step-motherly treatment from the Indian government. Data collected by Prime Minister�s High Level Committee, headed by Justice (retd) Rajinder Sachar on their social, economic and education status reveals many mind-boggling facts. In rural areas, 94.9% of Muslims living below poverty line fail to receive free food grain.
Only 3.2% of Muslims get subsidized loans, with just 1.9% benefiting from the Antyodaya Anna Yojana Scheme, a program supposed to prevent starvation among the extremely poor by providing food grains at a subsidized rate. Compared to the national average of 43% of people not having land in rural areas, that of Muslims is 60.2%. Only 2.1% of Muslim farmers have tractors, while just 1% own hand pumps.
Educationally, 54.6% of Muslims in villages and 60% in urban areas have never been to schools. The national average for this is 40.8% in rural areas and 19.9% in urban. In rural areas, only 0.8% of Muslims are graduates, while in urban areas despite 40% of the Muslims receiving modern education only 3.1% are graduates. Only 1.2% of Muslims are post-graduates in urban areas.
The representation of Muslims in government employment does not match their population in any state. While West Bengal has 25% Muslim population, only 4.2% are employed in state services. In Assam, with a 40% Muslim population, only 11.2% are in government employment. Kerala has 20% Muslims, but only 10.4% of government employees are Muslim.
Though Uttar Pradesh and Bihar Muslims are viewed as an important vote-bank, their employment in state services here is less than a third of their population. A better picture is projected by data collected in Karnataka, where against Muslim population of 12.2%, 8.5% are employed in government services. While in Gujarat, of the 9.1% Muslim population, 5.4% are in state jobs, in Tamil Nadu, against a 5.6% Muslim population, 3.2% are employed in government.
Where the representation of Muslims in high-ranking jobs in state public sector units (PSUs) is concerned, the figures are more dismal. Though West Bengal is known as a political bastion of the left bloc, the ones who have always spoken strongly against parties entertaining communal bias, the state has zero% Muslims in state PSUs. While Kerala has 9.5% in state PSUs, Maharashtra has only 1.9%.

Id it is said...

I think both education and financial empowerment are necessary to uplift any underprivileged group. However, the need and the drive to want empowerment has to be felt strongly within the community, or else all these financila incentives and educational plans live and die within the realms of theory and never see the light of day.

Rashid , India said...

Salaam,

The Conditions of Muslims in India is getting from bad to worst.

1) The main reason for this is lack of education.

2)Our ulema are stopping us from education . Well how ?

a) In Couple of Bangalore Mosque , I have heard our Maulvies saying in Friday sermon that our community is getting spoilt because Muslims are sending there children’s to school. So the Impact , my friend removed his children from prestigious convent school and has put them in Madrasa.

b)We are discouraged from joining companies like TCS, Infosys ,IBM , Accenture etc because these companies do US and Europe Projects.

c)When saddam is hanged our Ulemas force us to be on streets protesting because some local politician has asked them to do so. How many processions had Saddam taken out for worst conditions of Indian Muslims ?

d)In my life I have never come across a situation were Ulemas have taken out procession for Better roads, Better education and Better sanitation.

e)Only when elections are near by we see our Ulemas speaking about Government policies. And they go into hibernation till next elections.

f)We don’t have a single Tv channel dedicated for this community . When there was a conference in Bangalore to launch a TV channel for Muslims , Our Ulema said that watching TV is haram .So No Channel for Muslims? Well do other Muslim countries don’t have there own TV channels.

g)When a Hindu is born his parents dream that one day he would be a Doctor , Engineer or IAS officer . When Muslim is born in India his parents dream that one day he would become a Auto driver or Open his own Tea Stall or have a Road side Kabab stall.

h)I have hardly come across Muslim entrepreneurs , Educated Muslim Politicians or Educated Ulemas.

e)When Danish cartoon was published , our leaders gave a bounty of 51 cores , Hello can his money be used to provide better education for Muslims ......


Please remember 83% of muslims are below poverty line in India . Thanks to our Ulema .

Modern Education must start from walls of Darululoom-Deoband or Muslims will face much worst scenarios in days to come.

Rashid , India said...

Salaam,

The Conditions of Muslims in India is getting from bad to worst.

1) The main reason for this is lack of education.

2)Our ulema are stopping us from education . Well how ?

a) In Couple of Bangalore Mosque , I have heard our Maulvies saying in Friday sermon that our community is getting spoilt because Muslims are sending there children’s to school. So the Impact , my friend removed his children from prestigious convent school and has put them in Madrasa.

b)We are discouraged from joining companies like TCS, Infosys ,IBM , Accenture etc because these companies do US and Europe Projects.

c)When saddam is hanged our Ulemas force us to be on streets protesting because some local politician has asked them to do so. How many processions had Saddam taken out for worst conditions of Indian Muslims ?

d)In my life I have never come across a situation were Ulemas have taken out procession for Better roads, Better education and Better sanitation.

e)Only when elections are near by we see our Ulemas speaking about Government policies. And they go into hibernation till next elections.

f)We don’t have a single Tv channel dedicated for this community . When there was a conference in Bangalore to launch a TV channel for Muslims , Our Ulema said that watching TV is haram .So No Channel for Muslims? Well do other Muslim countries don’t have there own TV channels.

g)When a Hindu is born his parents dream that one day he would be a Doctor , Engineer or IAS officer . When Muslim is born in India his parents dream that one day he would become a Auto driver or Open his own Tea Stall or have a Road side Kabab stall.

h)I have hardly come across Muslim entrepreneurs , Educated Muslim Politicians or Educated Ulemas.

e)When Danish cartoon was published , our leaders gave a bounty of 51 cores , Hello can his money be used to provide better education for Muslims ......


Please remember 83% of muslims are below poverty line in India . Thanks to our Ulema .

Modern Education must start from walls of Darululoom-Deoband or Muslims will face much worst scenarios in days to come.

Anonymous said...

Rashid., i loved your post.. esp. point "G". You bared your heart. We all know the issues at hand. The question is., can we change the ground reality ? Who will bell the cat ? How will change come ? "Financial empowerment followed by Educational" says Mayavati. She says so, because of a certain ground reality. We Indian Muslims do not have THAT ground reality., so for us the reverse is true. The dream / world view has to change. From the Kabab-wala/Auto-wala/will go to Dubai/USA/Canada/Aus.. that has to change. From Haldi-Mehendi, it has to move in the direction of pen and paper. From "Red/Maroon Zardozi" to "Cool White Cottons"... from gawdiness to simple grace. From Rs. 20 Lakh marriages to Rs. 20,000 marriages. There is a long line. In my humble opinion, instead of talking / writing/ impressing each other with one's wisdom.. we must establish QUALITY HIGH SCHOOLS with our own funds - blood - and sweat. Start in HUTS... and in 20 years, a building will come up. Remember, Prophet Mohammad started Islam from a "HUT". We should follow that Sunnah. SCHOOLS IN HUTS of muslims.. for muslims.. by muslims.. NO one can stop us., if we want to read and write. The thing is.. our imagination has to be fired up. We have stopped DREAMING (thanks to RSS daily bashing which lead to fear 24x7 affording us no luxury to plan longterm). We must start dreaming, then we fine-tune that dream towards education !