'Muslims lag behind other minorities in India'
Sunday March 11, 2012
New York: The Indian Muslims, who have suffered decades of social and
economic neglect, are complaining of unfulfilled politicians’ promises
of benefits, including quotas in government jobs, like those available
for low-caste Hindus, according to a US media report. “We are way
behind them,” Murtaza Mansuri, who repairs rickshaws for a living,
told New York Times on Saturday.
“Reservation is essential for Muslims. If we don’t get education, we
will remain backward, while others move forward and forward,” he was
quoted as saying in the course of a dispatch published Saturday on the
deteriorating situation of long-suffering Muslims in India. Living for
decades close to the Dalits, the low-caste Hindus once known as
untouchables, Mansuri said the Hindus were getting government jobs, or
slots in public universities, opportunities that have meant stable
salaries and nicer homes.
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