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Raza new head of MOEMIN
Raza at last took over as the new chairman of the embattled MOEMIN on 16
March from Zafar Saifullah. Moosa Raza was earlier the co-chairman of the
MOEMIN and was supposed to take over as chairman early this year according
to a July 1999 resolution.
A former secretary of the Government of India, Raza was elevated to his
new post in a meeting of the forum held on 16 March at the India Islamic
Cultural Centre in New Delhi. The meeting was presided over by the former
chairman Zafar Saifullah. Eight out of the eleven members of the executive
committee attended the meeting and included Syed Shahabuddin, Syed Hamid,
KM Arifuddin, Prof. Alauddin Ahmad, Maulana Shafi Munis and Naved Hamid.
MOEMIN suffered an internal crisis over the functioning of the former
chairman, Zafar Saifullah, the former cabinet secretary of the central
government.. Reportedly the outgoing chairman was not ready to step down
after completing one year’s time as the chairman of the forum.
Politicians who had resolved, as a policy matter, not to become
office-bearers of the forum are now laughing over unfolding of events.
They say that bureaucrats and common people are proving to be more
politicized than politicians themselves.
In the meantime a number of people attached with the MOEMIN have expressed
happiness over the solution of the crisis in the forum which was born with
high expectations. q