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Poll | Hamid Ansari's speech: Can affirmative action help Muslims?

Vice President Hamid Ansari has said that the problems of exclusion and discrimination they are confronted with have to be corrected by the state and that a pre-requisite for this is "affirmative action" to ensure a common starting point and ability in all to walk at the required pace. HT is asking: Can affirmative action combined with PM Modi's motto of 'sabka sath sabka vikas' help Muslims?

india Updated: Sep 03, 2015 21:24 IST
According-to-the-2011-census-the-population-of-Muslims-in-India-has-risen-by-24-between-2001-to-2011-Abhishek-Saha-HT-Photo
According-to-the-2011-census-the-population-of-Muslims-in-India-has-risen-by-24-between-2001-to-2011-Abhishek-Saha-HT-Photo

Vice President Hamid Ansari has said that identity, security, education, empowerment and a fair share in decision-making are the key issues India's Muslims are facing and that the problems of exclusion and discrimination they are confronted with have to be corrected by the state.

Speaking at a programme in New Delhi on Monday, he also cited the official objective of "sab ka sath, sab ka vikas" (with everyone, for everyone's growth), calling it commendable and added a pre-requisite for this is "affirmative action" to ensure a common starting point and ability in all to walk at the required pace.

The vice-president said deprivation, exclusion and discrimination (including failure to provide security) is to be corrected by the state; this needs to be done at the earliest and appropriate instruments developed for it.

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