UP Elections: A Big Moment for muslims

In Uttar Pradesh, Muslims can act as kingmakers. And if politicians want their backing, they may have to address one of their key demands: more guaranteed spots for Muslims in government jobs and universities. With a population of 150 million (about 13.5% of Indias population), there are more Muslims living in India.

Muslim leaders say this must change if Indias impressive growth is to continue. One of the best ways to bolster the community, they argue, is through affirmative action guaranteed access to education and government jobs that bring paychecks and pensions. And such religion-based quotas, which have long been opposed in India.

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