Why did political leaders differ sharply over the question of separate electorates for Muslims and the Dalits?

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asked Oct 25, 2018 in Class X Social Science by navnit40 (-2,750 points)

Why did political leaders differ sharply over the question of separate electorates for Muslims and the Dalits?

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answered Oct 25, 2018 by muskan15 (-2,329 points)

(i) Dalit began organizing themselves, demanding reserved seats in educational institutions, and a separate electorate. Dr B.R. Ambedkar, who organized the Dalits into the Depressed Classes Association in 1930, clashed with Mahatma Gandhi at the Second Round Table Conference by demanding separate electorates for Dalits. 

(ii) Dr. B. R. Ambedkar ultimately accepted Gandhiji’s proposal and the result was the Poona Pact of September 1932. 

(iii) After the decline of the Non-Cooperation-Khilafat Movement, large section of Muslims felt alienated from the Congress. Many Muslim leaders and intellectuals expressed their concern about the status of Muslims as a minority within India. They feared that the culture and identity of minorities would be submerged under the domination of Hindu majority.

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