December 22nd, 2011
11:09 PM ET

India's ruling party woos Muslim voters with quota

By Moni Basu

(CNN) – India approved quotas for minority groups Thursday in a move that was widely seen as the ruling party's attempt to woo Muslim voters in a key state.

The federal cabinet set aside a 4.5% minority quota in jobs and education within an existing 27 percent quota for what are known as Other Backward Classes, traditionally the lowest rungs of the Hindu caste system otherwise known as Dalits.

The Indian constitution prohibits privileges based on religion but Thursday's decision would allow economically and socially disadvantaged minorities - Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and Zoroastrians - to be included in affirmative action programs.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Asia • Hinduism • India • Muslim • Politics

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. LIMRA

    even if its a strategy to get votes . its a positive one without causing any harm to others... considering other parties strategy like demolishing Mosque and Killing Thousands of innocent Muslims in Gujrath to get Votes.......

    December 25, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  2. krm1007

    India has become too big to govern and quotas like these will not alleviate the disenfranchisement of minorities. Breakup of India along ethnic lines into independent smaller states is inevitable similar to what happened in USSR. This will give USA a better entre' to the markets rather than current corrupt and bureaucratic India currently governed by extremist nationalist hindu elements.

    December 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Reality

      And the legitimate references supporting your statement are?

      December 23, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  3. Reality

    A simple solution in less than 200 words:

    • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    A quick Google, Bing or Yahoo search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    December 23, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • .........

      hit report abuse on all reality bull sh it

      December 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Bill

      Religion is the magnificent ever present reality of man's affair with the great Father and the great Mother and God – It may owe a debt to a few, sometimes doubtful, historical characters but in no way at all needs to rely on them for proof. Rather it is affirming to know that there has been a continuum of religious thought and process through the ages for each generation to contest, disprove, confirm, even build upon when true, as a part of the evolution of the human spirit.... The word of God is written live in nature and rarely, if ever, in any book – so it matters little, whether or not, Abraham and the others mentioned ever existed...What matters is that in the course of the multiple millenia of humnan history something cared enough to try and get the human race to help sort out the serious problems that exist on this unfortunate planet...

      December 24, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  4. quotidean delight

    woo yay

    December 23, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  5. The Central Srutinizer

    Where do I pick up my Gum-ent cheese?

    December 23, 2011 at 1:02 am |
  6. The Phist

    Great. More affirmative action.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:47 am |
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