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|JOINT MEMORANDUM BY MUSLIM NOTABLES
TO HON’BLE SHRI K.R. NARAYANAN, PRESIDENT OF INDIA
ON THE GUJARAT SITUATION
29 April, 2002
Full 2 months after the genocidal fury began devouring human beings,
men, women and children, their dwellings and means of livelihood, life
in Gujarat has not returned to normal. Terrorized the target community
in a state of daze. Nearly 150,000 people are still in refugee camps
uncared for by an apathetic administration and most of them have no
place to go back to. The rehabilitation programme, announced by the
Prime Minister is yet to take off.
FIRS are yet to be registered, investigation yet to begin, even in the
major incidents, and prosecution yet to be initiated. No SIT’s have
been formed. The CBI has not been inducted. No Special Prosecutors have
been appointed. The so-called Shah Commission of Inquiry is but a sham.
The universal demand for a Commission of Inquiry headed by a sitting
judge of the Supreme Court and two sitting judges of the High Court,
with appropriate terms of reference has not been heeded.
No place of worship or religious significance, destroyed, damaged or
occupied has been reconstructed, repaired and restored.
No wonder, the affected people are apprehensive about facing more
violence if they step out of the camps or try to go back to their
localities or villages.
The displaced are being maintained at subsistence level by the NGOs with
government showing little interest in their survival. The injured who
are hospitalized have not received proper care.
Muslim Students have largely boycotted the secondary and higher
The sceptre of insecurity is still at large.
This insecurity arises primarily from the fact that the same faces which
organized the massacres are around; the identified killers are roaming
freely and the authorities, whom the victims hold responsible for their
sufferings, directly or indirectly, from the policeman to the Chief
Minister, are still in power.
The recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and
the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) have been largely ignored.
Rashtrapatiji, we have come to place before you our considered
conclusion that there can be no return to normalcy in Gujarat, no
restoration of confidence in the target community, unless there is a
change in the power structure and in the administrative machinery.
Rashtrapatiji, we appreciate and realize the limits of your
constitutional authority. But, on many occasions, you have spoken out
your mind and given expression to your anguish and compassion.
So, we have come to request you to exercise your power under Article 78
of the Constitution to call for status reports and examine the reason
for delay in restoration of normalcy from all angles and advise the
Prime Minister that the confidence of the target community will not be
restored and normalcy will not return, unless the Governor and the Chief
Minister are changed, and the State is placed under Central rule, with a
new Governor assisted by competent advisors of national eminence, who
are charged, specially, with finalizing, announcing and implementing the
relief and rehabilitation package based on the recommendations of the
NHRC and the NCM, with special provisions for the aged, the widows and
the orphans who have no one to look after them, inducting the CBI,
forming Special Investigation Teams, appointing Special Prosecutors and
establishing Special Courts and above all, replacing the Shah Commission
with a 3-Member Commission of Inquiry, as mentioned above.
Rashtrapatiji, We have every hope that your personal interest and
considered advice to your Government shall inject a new sense of urgency
in the corridors of power in dealing with this enormous human problem,
and realise their constitutional, moral and national responsibility
towards the suffering people.
With respectful regards,
Syed Shahabuddin, President, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat
Saiyid Hamid, Chancellor, Hamdard University & President, Movement
for the Empowerment of Muslim Indians
S.M.H. Burney, Former Governor
Khurshid Alam Khan, Former Governor
Syed Shahid Mehdi, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia
Mohd. Hamid Ansari, Former Ambassador and Former VC, AMU
Mohd. Yahya, Amir, Jamaat Ahl-e-Hadith
Syed Jalaluddin Umri, Naib Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind
Mohd. Salim Qasmi, Vice-President, All India Muslim Personal Law Board
Asrarul Haq Qasmi, Assistant Secretary General, All India Milli Council
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