"NCBC Criticizes Karnataka's Categorization of Muslims as Backward Caste"

The National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) has expressed disapproval of the decision by the Congress-led government in Karnataka to categorize the Muslim community as a backward caste for reservation purposes. The commission argued that this approach undermines the "principle of social justice" and that socially and educationally backward castes or communities cannot be equated with an entire religion.

In Karnataka, all castes and communities within the Muslim religion have been classified as socially and educationally backward classes. This classification allows the Muslim community to access reservations for admissions to educational institutions and state government appointments. While acknowledging the presence of underprivileged and historically marginalized groups within the Muslim community, the commission noted that Islam does not sanction the caste system.

However, Islam is not entirely free from casteism in practice. The NCBC concluded that treating the entire Muslim community as backward overlooks the diversity and complexities within the society. The commission also warned that the decision could infringe upon the rights of other Backward Classes.

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