?Muslims do not need any reservation. The recent concession provided by the Andhra Pradesh government will do more harm than any good to the Muslim community,? said Maulana Wahiduddin Khan renowned Muslim scholar and Director, Islamic Centre, New Delhi,. He was speaking at a symposium organised by Adhivakta Parishad, Delhi, on ?Reservation for Religious Minorities: Social and Constitutional Dimensions? in New Delhi on August 13.
Shri Dina Nath Mishra, senior journalist and MP, also opposed the idea of reservation for Muslims and said that this act of the government would intensify the separatist tendencies in the country. Shri M.N. Krishnamani, senior advocate, Supreme Court also voiced his objection to separate reservation for Muslims and while referring to the judgment of Champakam Durairajan, said that the Supreme Court had set aside a similar order passed by the Tamil Nadu government, calling it a ?communal order?. He said that religion was not a class and the order passed by the Andhra Pradesh government was unconstitutional.
Dr Jitendra Bajaj, Director, Centre for Policies, Chennai, said that this demand could result in conversion of weaker sections of Hindu society to other religions, which are not of Indian origin. He said that this would result in a change in religious demography of the country.
On the occasion, Adhivakta Parishad, Delhi, also released a book on this subject. The Parishad passed a resolution stating that the Adhivakta Parishad would organise symposiums, seminars, study circles and discussions in various courts, law colleges and amongst the intellectual groups to sensitise them about the issue.