I will talk about some facts. In 2011, GoI announced establishment of a sub-quota of 4.5 percent for minorities within the existing 27 per cent reservation for OBCs just 2 days prior to the announcement of assembly elections in five states by the Election Commission. The government alleged that Muslims are unable to compete with Hindu OBCs and hence they deserved a special treatment.
EC quashed this and later the head of the Sachar Committee criticized this step saying that the GoI's promises would not in any way help the backward sections and this is like befooling them. He added, ?Political leaders are making these claims to win elections, and rather than reservations the government should focus on refining administration and governance.
The Supreme Court of India has recently advocated reservation for the third sex in employment and education. Prior to this, none of the political parties were even bothered. The reason is straight. The third sex wasn't recognized as eligible voters. Let us focus on what is our role in this entire dilemma. Surely, we are vulnerable to perks and special benefits. It is easy to fetch support on religious lines and we hardly resist.
Soft targets are the minorities and even that too Muslims. Reason? Muslims are second to Hindus in terms of population percentage. Not too less; however enough to play a decisive role in the formation of government. Even lesser in number are Jains (0.4 percent) and Buddhists (0.8 percent), still none of the political parties have any special policies for them. Reason? You can interpret it now.
Readers will surely relate my thoughts with my religion and can say that my idea of writing is to restrict special treatment afforded to minorities. However, my intention is to help the nation achieve an environment wherein voters are asked to vote by comparing administrative skills and prosperity delivered. Remember, as long as we vote with a view to safeguarding our individual homes, the only beneficiaries will be our representatives.