It is irony to note that dalit Muslims in Bihar are protesting the decision of upper caste(mallick) as backward.
I , the undersigned a native of Nalanda district ,personally feel that it was a historic decision of the present government of Mr. Nitish Kumar. The historic decision which the congress (so called MASSIAH of Muslims) and others could not take since independence , Nitish took it in a few months in office as CM, I salute to his vision and all those who put their efforts in making the dream true for one of the most down trodden community of the Muslims from Bihar! Some may say that Nitish adopted the policy of divide and rule , I strongly object to such notion, the fact is that
Nitish gave due right to the concerned among minority community from Bihar . Mallicks are about above a million in population, confined mostly to Gaya, Nalanda, Jahanbad, Monghyr, Patna and Bhagalpur districts
Instead of appreciating such revolutionary step , few dalit Muslims on the behest of so called higher caste, took the matter to the streets.
Let me give facts and figures to the readers of your esteemed journal. Central list of the ba ckwards classes sayed, sheikh, pathan and mogha, as forward caste, rest all other caste among Muslims have been labelled as backwards among Muslims, various categories of caste and subcaste have been described , the number varies form state to state. Delhi , Andhra, Kerala, Karnataka, uttar Pradesh are among the states having highest number of back ward castes, Mallicks are on number 23, 51, in UP and Delhi list, in the neighboring UP list, all castes are linked with traditional hereditary occupations except those entered with specific mention of names of religion, are included , irrespective of whether their members follow Hinduism, Islam
or any other religion, that is why mallicks names are found, in muslims, Bengalis, and Punjabi too.
The learned commission on whose recommendation Nitish government took such historic decision, made extensive survey and study of mallick's population of Bihar of various districts and in conclusion maliikcs were inducted to the backward list.
Considering the religious point of view , there should be no upper caste or lower caste among Muslims, all are equal , there is no superiority of white over black or black over white, if Indian Muslims are ready to accept Islamic point of view then all Muslims should be categorized as forward or as backward, why few among them should be labeled as forward or backward?
MALLICKS in Bihar are so confined to their own caste that no one marries in their caste and vice versa, and this has made them suffer a lot. Their only source of income was cultivation, some have got education and rarely any one gets any government job, which can be counted less than 0.2% of their population state wise. The beauty of this caste is that
none among them can be found as beggars, they can do any menial job, but they don’t beg like sayeds (the so called higher caste). Mallicks had been found to be very brave and warriors in the past and they lived united.
In every caste among Indians few have progressed in their life and become public figure, it does not mean that whole caste can be categorized as forward, Mayawati.Lalu yadav , Rambilas Paswan , are few examples , unfortunately none among Mallicks of Bihar could reach to any extent of self sufficiency, they are most illiterate and economically backward too.
Those who feel that their move to the court against the decision will bring any result are in fools paradise , will face the counter case soon. Nitish has definitely done a remarkable job comparing his counter part at other sates ! well done NITISH
DR ANWER AHSAN
Dept of Pediatric Surgery, MCH,
Dammam, SAUDI ARABIA
I am fully agree with Dr. Ahsan view regarding the status of mallick as backward due to following reason.
1) Mallick maximum population are indulged in transport business & their average economical condition are very bad. They are also backward on education front. Maximum dropout can be observed after matriculation/ Intermediate. They normally after tenth/intermediate, try to earn the bread & butter for his family either joining the transport business or going abroad (specially gulf) as unskilled labour.
2) Mallick has been included in Annexure II,(other OBC) whereas all other Muslim (like ansari,rayeen) are listed in annexure I .
So they should not scare of loosing the opportunity as mallick are not in the same annexure I .Daud Rayeen should not present the false picture to the backward Muslim & Create unnecessary fear among pasmanda Muslim.
But if he & his organization really care about the pasmanda Muslim he should put his effort to include them in schedule cast. We will definitely extend our full support in their effort.
3) if you will compare with other Muslim backward caste you will find very less in government job . if I have correct information currently only one IAS(direct) officer belongs to the community.
4) Furthermore, there is no political representative of mallick community (Even MLA/MLC/MP)
I hope this will give clear picture to our pasmanda Muslim brother & humble request to Daud Rayeen, he should not use this issue as a ladder for his personal political ambition.