The second big reason for us in India to say a big No to faith-based quotas should not need spelling out. After 1947, we should have been chary in using religion-based group identities as a basis for policy. Every time we ignored that lesson, we have suffered: Ayodhya is one instance. There is a strong belief among Indians that using caste-based identities as a basis for engineering social change is still desirable: it is certainly sanctioned in our Constitution. The same thinking has led to an extension of the logic to religion-based quotas in education and jobs, as with the present proposal. We have yet to get the balance right on handling caste-based quotas: certainly, there is no uniform satisfaction on method or results. Dont add religion-based quotas to that simmering cooker.
If Muslims or any other group are finding it hard to access quality education, there are other methods to helpscholarships, subsidised tuition, subsidised remedial coaching and so on. Accountability for results in our government school system would itself be the best spur. Let well-functioning institutions alone.