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Swati Das | Chennai

The Tamil Nadu Government on Monday announced that it will have to withdraw the exclusive reservation that it had given to backward Christians a year ago, following plea from the community that the reservation was coming in the way of certain benefits that it was enjoying.

The 3.5 per cent reservation from the backward classes would be withdrawn and the law would be amended accordingly Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said, after meeting a team from the Christian community headed by Arch Bishop of Mylapore Rev Father Chinnappa, according to a Government release.

The team explained to Karunanidhi that the exclusive reservation was depriving them of certain benefits they were enjoying being in the backward community. For instance the exclusive reservation reduced the number of students admitted to the colleges and in Government services, while there is better chance as part of being in the backward category. Therefore, they requested that the old system be reverted back for them.

Karunanidhi, after hearing them agreed that the exclusive reservation was not serving the purpose of helping the Christians and decided to amend the Tamil Nadu Backward Class Christians and Backward Class Muslims Act by which Christians will benefit from the old law. However, the 3.5 per cent reservation for backward Muslims would continue.

The State had brought in a seven per cent reservation for the minorities from the backward classes category, with 3.5 per cent each for backward Christians and Muslims. The law provided reservation of seats in state and private educational institutions and Government jobs. Of the 50 per cent reservation for 142 different backward classes in the State, 20 per cent is reserved for most backward classes (MBCs). The seven per cent for minorities was curved out of the rest 30 per cent.

The law was brought in based on the report submitted by Tamil Nadu Second Backward Classes Commission headed by JA Ambasankar in 1985. Karunanidhi had then said: "It's a golden day in the history of the State Assembly and social justice."

According to Ambasankar's report 90 per cent of Muslims and 75 per cent of Christians are in the Backward Classes list in Tamil Nadu. The 2001 census among the 6.24 crore people in the State 3,470,647 are Muslims and 3,785,060 are Christians.


From YFE:

The heading and subsequent text of the news gives false impression that the Christians in Tamil Nadu are against any type of reservation for them. It is because of the ignorance of the reporter. The truth is far from it. Before 2007, Christians in Tamil Nadu were part of "Backward Classes" and were entitled to compete for 30% quota. Being educationally advanced group, Christians used to take away a major share of these seats. They used  to make  10-12% of selected candidates. In the year 2007, to woo the support of minorities in the state,Karunanidhi announced separate compartmental quotas for Christians and Muslims. Now the Christians were given 3.5% quota as a subcategory of " Backward Classes". Initially the move looked very lucrative, but with resuts of MBBS Enterance Examination annoucement ,the true picture came out. The Christians could get only one third of seats in comparison to their previos share. Now they again want to be a share holder of the larger pie. The problem will be other castes in the "Backward Classes" category. Now they realize that if the Christians are allowed to share with them, a major chunk will be taken away by Christians. Tamil Nadu awaits another voilent  dog fight over quota issue.

Karunanidhi had said  Reservation is in our blood .

The truth is "Reservation is blood bath and spills blood everywhere".


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