Sachar report and the Muslim OBC
The Sachar report is available for download at the following link : http://indianmuslim.gov.in/pmhlc_report.pdf ( It is a PDF document about 6.5M and 425 pages of good reading material)
I am still reading it, so more details later.
Stepping back a bit, I was curious why even have a Sachar committee ? We already have a social justice policy for all backward classes dont we ? It is called the OBC quota for all social and educationally backward Indians. In many states, the entire muslim population is covered under OBC. So, at best the Sachar report proves that (1) the OBC policy is not sufficient for Muslims or (2) the selection of castes for OBCs itself is wrong. In other words, the arbitrariness of the OBC grouping has resulted in Muslims getting the short end of the stick.
The report is actually pretty well written and I dont think anyone can really accept the OBC grouping and not accept the fact the Muslims are shortchanged. You cant have it both ways.
The first thing I scanned in the report was whether there was any fresh data on exactly how many OBCs there are ? The ultimate anomaly that will hit the country in the next few months is the TN and Bengal scenario. Almost the entire population of Tamilnadu is classified as backward. According to the latest NSSO survey (61st round), it seems that only 3.9 to 5% of Tamilnadu are outside the quota umbrella, and 73% of Tamilnadu is OBC. Compare this with West Bengal, where only 6-8% are OBC !!
As far as the Muslims are concerned, I have to agree with Sachar. Take Kerala for example, it is common knowledge about the fact that Muslims dominate the Gulf employment profile. The countryside is filled with mansions and they drive the economy of the state. The same for many Tamil muslims. In these two states, almost 100% of muslims are classified as backward. Take a state like WB or UP or Assam, where the muslims are not doing too well, in these states 90% of Muslims are not given the OBC benefit.
Two tables from the Sachar report with comments.
Muslims profiles (click for full image)
Hindu OBC profiles (click for full image)
Click for TN and WB data