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Indian Muslims uplift: A Try

15 December, 2006

By Tanveer Jafri


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1947 is an important year in the history of India because on August 15, 1947 India threw away the yoke of the British Rule & got independence. At the same time the year 1947 is also remembered as the black year for the bloody division of India, on the basis of religion. A new nation named Pakistan came into existence as a Muslim majority country this year. Many Muslims from the western states of North India left for the new made country, Pakistan but most of the Indian Muslims decided not to leave their country & even today they are residing in India as its citizen.

After independence, according to the Indian constitution that came into existence after the independence of India, the Muslims in India were given the status of the minority community. Under this setup, there is a provision of many special concessions & the privileges for the minority communities, so that the minorities may get equal chances to the Hindu majority population & the country may be strong. But unfortunately, in India, there is also a staunch Hindutva thought that always is in search of shortcomings among the Muslims & raises finger on them. And if there is on attempt to remove those shortcomings in the Muslims by the government of India or by the state governments, then these communal powers criticise such steps. In fact such communal powers are always active to have their aim on spreading the communal hatred. Since the murder of Mahatma Gandhi, who brought India at the threshold of independence up to anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat in 2002, this communal thought is clearly visible. In Gujarat communal riots, there was an en masse killing of the Muslims & appeared as if the Muslims will not remain in the state. These riots moved even the then Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Before leaving for his foreign tour at that time, he had to say the following words, 'How can I go before the people of the world?' undoubtedly in 1947 at the time of division of India, thousands of the Hindus & the Muslims were killed by communal forces & this incident is also a black chapter of the Indian history. But the en masse killing of the Muslims in Gujarat, a democratic state, this incident was beyond imagination. The Gujarat riots affected the other countries of the world. As a result of these riots, a message spread in the world that there is no security for the life of the Muslims in India. At the same time when Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was elected as the President, it was a clear message by the Indian Parliament that only the Gujarat state cannot be considered as the mirror of India. The two incidents, the fall of controversial Babri Masjid structure on December 6, 1992 in Ayodhya & Anti-Muslim communal riots in 2002 by the communal Hindutva forces created an atmosphere of fear & un safety among the Indian Muslims.

Only Muslims are not counted in this group of the Indian minority community but besides the Muslims, the Indian Sikhs, the Christian, the Buddhists & people of the Jain community are also counted in this minority group. But because of the major minority group, the meaning of minority is generally taken as the Muslims. In the last days, the Indian government set up a committee under the chairmanship of a retired Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Rajendra Sachchar, to inform the government of India about the conditions of the Indian Muslims. The main function of this committee was to know about the social, economic & educational conditions of the Indian Muslims. Usually a lot of money is spent on this type of committees. But the members of the Sachchar committee didn't accept any allowance for this work. To finish their work, the members of the Sachchar committee had to do hard work to have the personal contacts with the Muslims living in the far away areas of India.

Last days 84 years old Justice Sachchar presented his fresh report in the Indian Parliament. There is a detail of the steps that can be taken for the progress of the Indian Muslims. Sachchar committee have advocated for the reservation of the Muslims in the government jobs. Along with it has pleaded for the fixed partnership of the Muslims in the Indian political set up. Reservation of fixing of political partnership for a caste is not new in the Indian constitution. The backward class in India has been availing these two privileges since independence. But the active communal powers are not in favour of these privileges for the Muslims. After the Sachchar committee report, last days in the meeting of National Development Council, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said that there is need for fixing equal share in the development benefits for the backward classes of the society specially the Muslims. They have the preferential right on the resources of the country.

The above statement of the Prime Minister enraged the opposition parties. The Prime Minister office cleared the point that the statement has been used not according to the reference. The Prime Minister was talking of all the backwards. He was not talking about the Muslims only. But in spite of it there was uproar in the Indian Parliament so that the parliament had to be adjourned. The Saffron opposition members walked towards the speaker of the LokSabha & wanted the Prime Minister to apologize. The opposition leaders raised the slogans that the communal politics of the congress will not work & don't divide the country.

The above circumstances clearly reveal that two thoughts are active in India since the beginning. One is that can be said as the thought of communal harmony  or secular thought. This thought is also called Gandhian Philosophy or Gandhian Thought. This thought instead of involving in religious or caste conflicts, it gives equal regards to all the religions. Second thought is religionist, conservative & communal. The followers of this thought are present in all the religions but their thinking is very limited. The persons of this thought are called communal & religionist.     A man who talks in favour of other sects is communal for them.

It is beyond doubt that the Indian Msuslims are backward in education & their economic & political conditions are lagging behind. But there are some other communities too, that are more backward as the Muslims. Undoubtedly, every part of the society has right to progress & to be self dependent. But when there is a process to uplift a class or any constructive step is being taken then that should not be misguided. The traditional opponents of the Indian Muslims are trying to propagate that the government has a time to think in favour of the Muslims but the government doesn't give attention to remove the backwardness of the Non-Muslim communities. Every Indian, may be of any religion or caste, if he is backward economically, socially, politically or educationally, has a right to stand equally with the members of society. And it should be so. There were all privileges to uplift the deprived in the Indian constitution. The Indian Muslims have been welcoming to these set ups since that time. The Indian Hindu society has also accepted it. When talked about the Muslims & there is uproar in the Parliament & it is exploited politically, if not communalism what else it is? The attempt of government of India to uplift the Indian Muslims will help the Indian Muslims or not, only time will tell. To what extent it will help, is not clear, but it seems to be under political fire.

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Reader Comments:

190million Muslim as Minority defined via democracy

British democracy vs. Indian democracy can be divided as
pre 1947 India when Indians died at 35 during 350 million
population (’47) era in in British East India soldiers ruling period.
Then Govt established govt with Howrah bridge built and
modern buildings constructed Mainly in Kolkatta and some
cities in 1918 era.In post 1947 (1000 million pop) still Indians
die at above 35 years age with a dozen steel mills built with
Tata cars trucks railway engine and chemical plants.Jobs reserved
for minorities as Muslims 190 million Christians 30 million
Sikhs 15m Jain and Buddhist with few modern residential
buildings And few Highways and glass conglomerates is no big deal
but disgrace.

Compare it with advocated independent States for E Timor 900,000
Serbia Montenegro Armenia Georgia while GOA is under occupation
Kashmir 99% Muslim Occupied is ridiculous .In new democracy
Of India people are choking to death where family of Living 10
Live in one bedroom flat or in polluted slums and bazaars. At shopping
Nights every week for some festivals there is no room to walk or even die.
Communal riots death of Muslims or via residential complex demolition
Death as thrown away citizen with debris which include minorities and
none minority Alike is disgrace of democracy.

What is democracy?
Democracy is elected people by vote or registered organizations or
Corporation for the convenience of few to be in power to represent
Those who are going to be represented or victimized in above Monority
definition format with limited rights and privileges.Movies as coverup is
no excuse.


mbzI, United Arab Emirates - 16 December, 2006

Nice article Mr. Jafri! Political parties in every democracy play with sensitivities like race, religion or caste. Having said that, I also appreciate the power of democracy in highlighting issues such as Sachchar commission did. And sooner or later there will be something done to address the issue.

Now quoting on anti-muslim riots - I have nothing to say as thats totally a criminal act. Riots do happen in your country too... dont they?

A Sharma, United Arab Emirates - 16 December, 2006

Indian Muslims uplift

There is hardly anyone in Pakistan, ever writing any article about the condition of Hindus in Pakistan. Is there any kind of state ban on writing about Hindus living in Pakistan ?

One of the Pakistani political figures recently justified conversion to Islam in Pakistan saying that "life is easier as a Muslim in Pakistan", which on the other hand points to the fact that non Muslims live a miserable existance in Pakistan, and are discriminated in every step of life.

Neel, Pakistan - 16 December, 2006

Help yourself

What are Indian Muslims doing to help themselves? What are Muslims doing to integrate themselves with rest of Indian population. Muslims in India need to adopt modern progressive values such as equal rights for Muslim womens, encourage their children to attend public schools instead of madrasas where they preach nothing but hate & ignorance towards other religion. Also, show your loyalty to your motherland instead of always supporting Pakistan & other Arab countries. (Indian governement tried to pass a uniform civil code for all Indians including Muslims but Muslims wanted a special civil code which only applies to muslims.)

Black Label, United Kingdom - 17 December, 2006

PAKISTANI MUSLIMS UPLIFT

MR. TANVEER JAFRI REALLY CARES ABOUT THE MUSLIMS IN INDIA. HE CAN EXTEND HIS CONCERN FOR THE WELFARE OF HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN FAITH BY:

1. HELPING PAKISTANI MUSLIMS TO LIVE IN A TRULY DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM BY TRYING TO HELP THEM TO ESTABLISH A TRULY ELECTED STATE IN PAKISTAN.
2. DISCOURAGE HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM TRYING TO IMMIGRATE TO NON-ISLAMIC WESTERN COUNTRIES. PAKISTANIS WORKING IN ARAB COUNTRIES ALWAYS CHERISH THE DREAM OF LIVING AND WORKING IN AMERICA, BRITAIN, GERMANY, AUSTRALIA ETC.
3. DISSUADE PAKISTANIS FROM WATCHING BOLLYWOOD MOVIES. THEY ARE PRODUCED, DIRECTED, MUSIC AND DANCE ENABLED BY NO-GOOD INDIAN MUSLIMS AND KAFFIR HINDUS.
4. ESTABLISH PEACE BETWEEN THE SUNNIS AND THE SHIAS IN PAKISTAN AND PREVENT MASSACRES.
5. PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THE CHRISTIAN AND OTHER MINORITIES IN PAKISTAN
6. SEND PAKISTANI MILITARY (TRY TO POPULARIZE THIS CAUSE) TO IRAQ. AFTER ALL WHY SHOULD IRAQIS SUFFER UNDER A KAFFIR ARMY? WHY NOT THE PURE ISLAMIC SOLDIERS OF PAKISTAN?
7. HELP GET PAKISTANIS A MEASURE OF RESPECT IN ARAB COUNTRIES.


MR. JAFFRI’S CONCERN FOR INDIAN MUSLIMS IS FULL OF HYPOCRISY AND IS A THINLY VEILED DISGUISE FOR HIS JEALOUSY TO WARDS INDIA AND ITS INTERNATIONAL IMAGE –ACHIEVEMENTS.

A. V RAO, United Kingdom - 17 December, 2006

You had the chance in 1947!

The indian muslims had the chance in 1947 to leave for new homeland (PAKISTAN) but they'ed stayed back in india to rot-n'hell were there's no freedom for muslim Woman/Men/Children. Besides Pakistan has freedom for Woman/Men and for every living person on Gods'land has the right for its FREEDOM and JUSTICE. May GOD'Bless our great strong NATION OF PAKISTAN for many'many years to come bless it!.

, Pakistan - 08 May, 2007

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