President of Patriots Forum, D.C. Nath was superannuated in January, 1995, as the Special Director, Intelligence Bureau, D.C. Nath (IPS-1960) was associated with the International Institute of Security and Safety Management (IISSM), headquartered in New Delhi, for over 14 years, first as the Executive President & CEO and then as the President & Director General, between February, 1997 and March, 2011. The author of a highly acclaimed book, Intelligence Imperatives for India, Mr. Nath earned high plaudits from all around for two of his very significant presentations on: “Revisiting the Future of India” (2005, London) and “Lessons from India for the War On Terrorism” (2007, USA). He is the only one in the field, combining the experiences of a police officer with specialization in intelligence and strategic analysis and an industrial security expert par excellence. More Bio on D. C. Nath…
News Research & Analysis Files-
October 15, 2015
Subject: Minority Appeasement-The Maharashtra Way
In a small group discussion the other day, a youngster asked his father, “Baba, why could we not be born a Muslim or a Dalit? So many privileges are available to them. Plus job reservations.” He continued, “At this rate, I will have no option but to go abroad.”
Let us read in this context, the recent proposal of the Maharashtra government. The intention is noble—“to prevent radicalisation of disgruntled Muslim youth”. Incidentally, can anyone tell us is there any community in the country, whose youth are not disgruntled?
Let us first have a look at “The Reform Agenda:
· Increased access to education, health schemes and jobs for minority youths
· Counter radical/provocative messages on social media by circulating content by Imams/religious leaders or other thinkers from the community
· Special relaxation to minority community for scholarships
· Special funds for minority-dominated areas to improve overall infrastructure
· To extend beneficiary schemes meant for SC/ST/OBCs to the minority community.
The actual proposal is:
“DE- RADICALISATION OF YOUTH AND COMMUNAL AMITY”. It Is to de-radicalisation of the Muslim youth. It starts:
· A proposal named ‘De-radicalisation of Youth and Communal Amity’ is bring them to the mainstream. This, after the government has realised that there is a direct link between growing radicalisation and a sense of alienation among the youth of the minority community.
The other contours of the scheme. are like:
· It calls for special allocation of funds to Muslim-dominated areas for better implementation of various schemes, modernisation of madrasas and counselling to those lodged in jails under charges of terrorism to help them overcome their past.
· This is a PILOT PROJECT. The government has already allotted funds to several Muslim-dominated areas for infrastructure development. For instance, Malegaon has been given Rs 2 crore for infra-related schemes.
· The government is aware it is treading on sensitive territory here, and makes its intentions clear. “This is not appeasement but acting on the findings of the Sachar Committee. It’s the need of the hour and we have to ensure holistic growth of the state.
· One of the most unique and ambitious highlights of the resolution is on countering provocative content spread on social media. It plans to check this by pitting harmonious content prepared by Imams/religious leaders/thinkers of the community.
· instructions have already been issued to departments like education, health, urban development, housing, industry and revenue to work out plans to take beneficiary schemes to minority-dominated areas, and to their fullest.
· “We are still working on the draft of the resolution, but in a nutshell, the main aim of the proposal is to induce confidence among the members of the minority community and bring them to the mainstream,” said Patil. Though Muslims form over 10.6% of Maharashtra’s population, they fare poorly in social and developmental indicators like education, fertility rates, health, and participation of women in the workforce.
The head of the study group is a former Muslim IAS officer. Having examined the socio-economic and educational backwardness of Muslim, he observes, “It will not be hyperbole to say that Indian Muslims are among the poorest of the poor”.
It is obvious that this learned friend is not aware of the ground realities. We would send him a copy of our detailed mail that we had sent to the honourable Prime Minister, titled, “How Much More Will The Muslim Community Be Pampered? And, Why? Is It A Political Necessity For Bihar Elections Or For Survival? Serious Security Implication” dated July 2, 2015. It would be necessary for him to know what all exist and have been done on the ground for the Muslims in India, especially after the “fudged” Sachar Committe’s recommendations.
Friends, we have been feeling tired of telling the Centre, and where necessary to the concerned State governments also, of the CONTINUING MINORITY (To Read Muslims) APPEASEMENT POLICY, to the utter neglect of the much poorer Hindus in the rural sector as also among the tribals. Now, perhaps we will have to give a call to the majority community to RISE AND REVOLT for whatever worth it will be and even if our action will attract penal action against us in the eyes of law.
(Former Spl. Director, IB)
(President, Patriots’ Forum)
Source: Patriot Forum
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