ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Old Mysore Princely State and Muslim Reservation

The argument that Muslims always sought to be represented in political institutions by instigating riots or agitations between communities throughout the colonial period is refuted by the Mysore princely state. This is done by giving Muslims reservation in political institutions well in advance of the start of the anti-Brahmin agitation in Mysore. Its concern was of a dual nature: reservation would provide them with a sense of citizenship and their identity would remain intact.

The argument that Muslims always sought to be represented in political institutions by instigating riots or agitations between communities throughout the colonial period is refuted by the Mysore princely state. This is done by giving Muslims reservation in political institutions well in advance of the start of the anti-Brahmin agitation in Mysore. Its concern was of a dual nature: reservation would provide them with a sense of citizenship and their identity would remain intact.

The old Mysore state was one of the first states to provide reservations to Muslims in the representative assembly and legislative council. It was decided at the time when the very idea of extending reservations to Muslims would trigger a significant controversy at the national level. The model of accommodating Muslims in policymaking reflects both the pragmatic and its larger vision of accommodating minorities in the structure of the princely state. This dualist principle made the Mysore state a unique model state in administering social justice to various socio-economic categories, particularly the depressed classes and minorities.

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Updated On : 1st Aug, 2023
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