The article "The price of exclusion" (December 31) is an impressively presented analysis of the economic and social status of a minority community. But, it gives the impression that their circumstances are due entirely to the attitude of the majority community and other better off social groups. The article is completely silent on the failings of the community, which have contributed at least partially to its backwardness. There have been several measures to uplift the backward minorities, so if a particular c ommunity continues to be marginalised, certainly its own weaknesses are contributing to its plight. To gloss over this leads to an unbalanced analysis.
B.K. S Nair,
If we assume that discrimination and prejudice kept the Muslim community backward in India, how do we explain their backwardness and poverty in Pakistan and Bangladesh, which rank below India in the Human Development Index? How is it that, almost 70 years after oil was first discovered, countries like Saudi Arabia have workforces that are two-thirds expatriate despite high levels of unemployment among local youth? Can it be that the Muslim community needs to rise to solve its problems and not look for free lunches?
Ravi George Mathew,
I fully support Ranjit Hoskote's call to redefine India's mainstream culture and identity. While the goal is well articulated, the way we go about achieving it needs utmost care, particularly from the country's leaders. It is they, much more than ordinary people, who need to be alive to the ways of the reactionaries.
The article is another instance of promoting separatism in the name of maintaining identity. The Sachar report is going to Mandalise society on a larger scale. No outsider can cause change within a community, as long as the Muslims continue to be in the sway of clerics and do not listen to progressive liberal voices within their community. Implementing the Sachar committee recommendations will not only divide society along communal lines, but also cause wasteful expenses, not to speak of opportunity for fraudsters.
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