Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Secular Govt. announces reservation on religion!

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

In India there are two types of government, one which claim themselves to be secular and the second which try to defend themselves to be secular. The Left parties by far have had the best record in keeping politics away from religion. But the Left Front Government in West Bengal has surprised everyone when it reserved 10% of all Government jobs for Muslim. To escape the clutches of the constitution which doesn't allow any reservation based on religion they have added the backward clause to it's order. Thus by law creamy Muslims will not be beneficiary to this.

The Left parties have accused all the major political parties in India including the Congress and the BJP of being communal. But this time with an election defeat in sight the Left Front Government seems to be trying it's best to reach out to the Muslims. It is quite a surprise that the Government has woken up to the backwardness of the community only after it deserted them in the Lok Sabha polls and the by-election to the State Legislature.

The Left Front's decision seems more out of desperation as it's bete noire Mamata Banerjee has promised similar reservation for the Muslims when voted to power. With the party's dwindling support which has become evident with the result of all the polls that have happened in the recent past, the Left seems to be trying to buy some oxygen ahead of the 2011 assembly elections. Muslims have traditionally been a strong support base for the Left and the party had taken them for granted but with the drubbing it got in the Lok Sabha polls the Left feels the need to win back upon the Muslims.

Left Front also wants to reiterate the fact that it still holds power at the Writer's Building. From industry captains to common people everyone seems to look into Mamata Banerjee as the next leader in the state. Her popularity and authority seems to be more than that of Left although Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee still holds the CM's chair. Does such a reservation police help in enhancing the secular image of the nation. That topic is seriously debatable?


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