Thursday, October 25, 2007

UP Government Starts zizya Again

Taxes paid to the Government by ordinary taxpayers (80% of whom are Hindu) will be used by the Mayawati UP Government to pay college fees for Muslim students. How is this different from the zizya religious tax imposed on Hindus to pay for Government benefits given to Muslims under Mughal and Sultanat rule?

How is it secular to use Government tax money for benefits given only to people of a certain religion? Aren't there any poor Hindus Buddhists Jains Sikhs Parsis or Christians who need help from the Government to go to college? Why shouldn't they get help from the Government if the Muslims will?

Do Muslims somehow deserve to be treated better than the people of all other religions? Like Manmohan Singh had said: "Muslims have first claim upon India's resources"?

Times of India reports:
UP govt to pay fees of Muslims pursuing professional courses
24 Oct 2007, 0104 hrs IST,Manjari Mishra,TNN

LUCKNOW: Admission fee up to Rs 1 lakh for a professional course will now be paid by Mayawati-led Uttar Pradesh government, if the student is from an underprivileged minority community.

A major sop targeting the below poverty line segment, the government order issued on September 15 covers "all BPL students pursuing engineering, medical, masters in business management and specialised courses in the universities across India, if they are from a minority community." Director, minority welfare, M A Khan told TOI on Tuesday the government order aims to reimburse registration charges, tuition and library fees and all necessary expenditure incurred by a candidate. The limit, he said, is Rs 1 lakh. The facility has been extended to paid seats as well.

The order has also warned the enforcing agency that if it failed to make the payment within the stipulated deadline, it would face serious consequences. The only condition is a student availing the facility must have studied in a recognised educational institution, including government approved madrasas. The selection of the candidates, according to Khan, will be on first come first served basis.

In fact, two major schemes cleared by the Maya government in quick succession last month have drawn attention for being overtly Muslim-friendly. Though Khan is at pains to explain that the policy is not limited to Muslims but also takes into account other communities like Sikh, Christian Buddhist and Jain, figures of the last census tell their own story. According to the data, minority communities constitute 19.32% of UP's population. Of this, a whopping 18.81% are Muslims while the percentage of Christians, Sikh, and Buddhists is 0.13, 0.18 and 0.12 even as the number of Jains is "negligible".

The other newly-launched social security scheme for BPL minorities offers Rs 10,000 towards meeting marriage expenses of a girl above 18 years of age. Letters have already been dispatched to all district magistrates to clear at least 500 such applications in each district.


At 6:10 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hindu Mayawati ko vote hee kyon dete hain.

Just lynch her in lucknow.


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