Ram Nath Kovind had opposed SC status for Dalit Christians, Muslims

He argued that Christians and Muslims had been getting reservations in government jobs under the backward class categories, so the demand to put them under the SC category was just to make them eligible for contesting elections in reserved seats.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Published:June 20, 2017 4:36 am
Ram Nath Kovind, Presidential Polls, NDA Presidential nominee, Dalit President Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind (L) with BJP president Amit Shah (R)

Ram Nath Kovind, when he was a BJP spokesperson, had objected to the proposed inclusion of Dalit Christians and Muslims in the Scheduled Caste category at one of his few news conferences. Kovind, the NDA’s nominee for President of India, was speaking at a press conference on March 26, 2010, at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi when he opposed the recommendations of the National Religious and Linguistic Minorities Commission (Ranganath Mishra Commission) to include Dalit Christians and Muslims in the SC list.

According to Kovind, the recommendation would make Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims “eligible to contest elections on reserved seats under backward class reservation.”

Kovind had expressed his reservation against the quota for religious minorities. “If the government accepts the Ranganath Mishra Commission recommendations, the convert Christians and Muslims would become eligible to contest on seats reserved for Scheduled Castes. Thus the people of Scheduled Castes would have to share their reservations in government jobs and political fields with convert Christians and Muslims,” he was quoted as saying in a press note uploaded on the BJP’s official website.

He argued that Christians and Muslims had been getting reservations in government jobs under the backward class categories, so the demand to put them under the SC category was just to make them eligible for contesting elections in reserved seats. “Their special interest is not in getting reservations in government jobs, they want Scheduled Caste category reservation to contest elections from village panchayats to the Lok Sabha. As they know, they cannot be eligible to contest elections on reserved seats under backward class reservation,” he said.

The BJP spokesperson pointed out that the demand to include convert Christians in the SC list was rejected by the British government in 1936.

He went on to say that all senior leaders, including B R Ambedkar, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and C Rajagopalachari had rejected the demand, saying that no religious follower other than a Hindu can be granted any reservation as so-called Scheduled Castes have been suffering from untouchability and social discrimination for centuries. He also pointed out that former President Shankar Dayal Sharma had refused to sign the ordinance in 1996 when Narasimha Rao government wanted to include Dalit Christians and Muslims in the SC category. The National Scheduled Castes and Tribes Commission also had repeatedly rejected it, he added.

Maintaining that the educational level of SC children remained much lower than that of convert Dalit Christians and Muslims, he said: “…the SCs would suffer from all angles in all fields. Moreover, it would further encourage conversion and fatally destroy the fabric of Indian society.”

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    Bharat mata
    Jun 24, 2017 at 8:01 am
    Who has better capability to save Bharat Mata from deep rooted corruption ( AIDS Cancer )
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      Vinod
      Jun 21, 2017 at 11:08 am
      He is a born Sanghi but Dalit iden y used to get votes.
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        KamalDeep
        Jun 21, 2017 at 9:41 am
        No one is a convert here. The Abrahamic religions do not believe in the copulation of Gods and Humans etc. Also 3000 years of reservation has not progressed India. What we have been educated comes from outside our culture and still how can someone comment about being converted. The disgusting stuff to keep the masses illiterate and subservient to a preferred class has been done by the Mayans, the s, Ankur Wat Dynasty and so on. They just perished or got slaughtered.
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          Anil Kumar Tandale
          Jun 20, 2017 at 11:34 pm
          Christianity and Islam are class-less and caste-less formations caste system was created by Hindus and used against their down-trodden co-religionists who are now known as Scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. Why should non-Hindus demand reservations meant for idol worshippers' religion? Will not acceptance of reservations be construed as descendants of Hindus? Mr. Kovind was not a candidate for Presidentship when the alleged words were spoken by him. This reminds of an alleged deposition in court given by Vajpayee when he was a minor in age during period, and the said statement was blown up by Congress, communists etc., in 1996, 1998 and 1999. Nobody reminds Congress of Rajiv Gandhi's endor t of genocide of Sikhs by saying when bid tree falls, the earth has to shake. In a parliamentary system of government, the President is supposed to of low profile, and BJP rightly chosen him.
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            T P
            Jun 20, 2017 at 10:34 pm
            A born Congressi and a learned and highly educated (Without enjoying benefit of RESERVATION like BABASAHEB Ambedkar ) ,a Hindu Adivasi from present Jharkhand i.e. Kartik Oraon also advocated all his life the same and remained in Congress as most respected leader of Bihar including present Jharkhand.
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              Mahadevan
              Jun 20, 2017 at 3:19 pm
              So Liz Mathew has earned his food for the day.
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                Jai hind
                Jun 20, 2017 at 9:56 am
                Those who oppose reservation sitting in an AC cabin must come out and work sincerely against the discrimination towards Hindu backward caste.All they do is make com ments in the name of equality but do nothing to uplift them morally and financially through the at ude towards them coz truth is ,how much ever u all oppose it fact is dat they are discrimnated ,ignored and avoided from main stream and it still happens in rural and semi urban areas from upper castes what cannot be changed which is diluted n their blood ..wotever rule Government creates it remain same.Muslims and Christians doesn't need any reservation .coz They are supported by their own community through relief funds and zakat and sadaka. ..But the Government is trying to stop raising such funds blaming that it's used for terrorism .Y is it so .. Many rich who belong to their comunities both live in India and abroad are ready to donate for their upliftment but such funds are really tracked dwn in the nme.of terrors
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                  Jai hind
                  Jun 20, 2017 at 10:01 am
                  Muslims and Christians are not infact waiting for the government's appea t if their relief,welfare, committies are allowed to work free handedly .. Lot of funds are collected from abroad but today's rules and restrictions discourage such comities fr wrking sincerely ... They are controlled in the name of raising fund for terrorism and they have to go through many legal procedures to reach these amounts to deserved ones .. If it is liberalized a little with proper and easy legal procedures this can be reached to them and government can exclude these two religion from reservation and save lot of money
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                    Aniruddha
                    Jun 20, 2017 at 1:47 pm
                    It is alleged that they are using this money to covert others rather than uplifting thier own members. Such news will never be made public. SO its better to have strict regulation.
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                  Jai hind
                  Jun 20, 2017 at 9:55 am
                  Those who oppose reservation sitting in an AC cabin must come out and work sincerely against the discrimination towards Hindu backward caste.All they do is make com ments in the name of equality but do nothing to uplift them morally and financially through the at ude towards them coz truth is ,how much ever u all oppose it fact is dat they are discrimnated ,ignored and avoided from main stream and it still happens in rural and semi urban areas from upper castes what cannot be changed which is diluted n their blood ..wotever rule Government creates it remain same.Muslims and Christians doesn't need any reservation .coz They are supported by their own community through relief funds and zakat and sadaka. ..But the Government is trying to stop raising such funds blaming that it's used for terrorism .Y is it so .. Many rich who belong to their comunities both live in India and abroad are ready to donate for their upliftment but such funds are really tracked dwn in the nme.of terrors
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