Critical Evaluation of United Progressive Alliance Governments Minority Policy

mudasir ahmad qazi



Muslims constitute an integral part of India’s multicultural matrix. A society constitutes diversified identity groups; they could be identified because of their affiliation to particular caste, religion, gender, and culture etc. These groups have their demands, which they put before the political system which responds with policy output. When the demands of a particular group did not get proper consideration at policy formulation and implementation level, the group could be named as “marginalised section” of the society. The Muslims of India since independence can be termed as ‘marginalised section’ of the society because they have suffered not only because of the communal violence but also because of government’s apathy towards uplifting their socio-economic status. The present paper is all about a marginalised section of a society i.e. Indian Muslims and governmental response in uplifting their socio-economic status. In India the deprivation is a common term but the paradox is that the official discourse had revolved around caste-based discrimination and closing other critical areas of deprivation and discrimination. The present paper would like to evaluate, critically, the United Progressive Alliance’s governments response to minority issue particularly that of Muslims. The objective of the paper would be to analyse governmental policy initiative before and after Sacher committee report to uplift the socio- economic status of the Muslims and its failures in adopting key recommendations of the Sachar committee report. In this paper descriptive analytical methods have been employed.

Keywords: Minorities, Marginalisation, UPA, Sachar Committee

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