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New Delhi, 1 February, 2003

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Expresses its deep sorrow at the demise of the great Islamic scholars Dr. Mohd. Hamidullah and Dr. Anne Maria Schmill, the great fighter for the cause of Urdu, Begum Hamida Sultan, the freedom fighter Hajrah Begum and the eminent academician Prof. Ziaul Hasan Nadvi; Appreciates their good deeds and their services to the cause of Islam; and Conveys its sincere condolences to the next-of-kin. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Having considered the Statement of Income and Expenditure of the Central Office for the year 2002 as approved by the MMA; Ratifies the Accounts for the year 2002 and proposes the Budget for the year 2003 as proposed; Expresses satisfaction at the financial situation of the AIMMM and authorizes the President to appoint an auditor of repute to audit the Annual Accounts for 2001 and 2002; and Authorizes the Central Office to strengthen the staff and infrastructure of the Central Office and to appeal to the Muslim intelligentsia for donation of time and energy to enable the AIMMM to execute its historic task of consolidating the community and defending its legitimate interests. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Endorses recommendation of the MMA regarding the steps to be taken for the gradual effectuation of the Dastoor of the Mushawarat and authorizes the President to take all possible necessary steps so that the restructuring of the AIMMM is complete before the end of the year; Authorizes, in particular, the enrollment of members of the AIMMM at the national, state and district levels, the nomination of adhoc conveners for states and districts and the setting up of adhoc Majalis-e-Mushawarat at the district and state levels as soon as the minimum number of members have been enrolled and to hold elections at the end of the year 2004; and Requests all members to participate actively in the process at all level by contacting potential members, pursuing them to join the Mushawarat and putting them in touch with the Central Office for formal invitation. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Expresses its regret that there has been no real progress towards the construction of the Central Office primarily because of the continuing search for an alternative site; and Directs the President to finalize the site and basic architectural plan for the building of the Central Office on the existing site and to make an appeal to potential donors for funds with a time bound plan for its phased construction beginning with the construction of the foundation by the end of the year. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Expresses its deep misgivings on the Musings of the Prime Minister which amount to adoption of Hindutva as the ideology of the State and elevation of Hinduism above all other religions of the country; Sees the Musings as a political statement to accelerate the transformation of the Secular State into Hindu Raj and the Hinduisation of the Indian society; Considers it pernicious to the political health of the nation, various statements made and steps taken of late by the Central Government, all with a view to play to the fears and suspicion in the Hindu mind and to fuel the cauldron of hate and distrust which is reaching the boiling point all over the country; Cautions the secular forces, including the political parties, not to be misled by the Government evocation of patriotism and nationalism but to expose its partisan and sectarian game of keeping the nation divided, and the Hindu community apprehensive and suspicious the Muslim community in a state of fear; Calls upon the secular forces to reiterate their faith in the principles of Democracy, Secularism, Social Justice and Human Rights and to educate the masses in the danger and pitfalls of the pernicious ideology and anti-national activities of the Sangh Parivar; and Requests the parties like the TDP, DMK, TC, Samata Party and JD(U) which have often reiterated their commitment to Secularism to rise above lust of power and reconsider their association with the BJP in the larger national interest. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Taking note of the results of the Assembly election in Gujarat and the formation of the BJP government under Narendra Modi who had presided over the genocidal carnage and mass destruction during February-June, 2002; Regretting the failure of the State Government in undertaking adequate relief and rehabilitation measures for the victims of the carnage, even to the extent of spending the central allocation in this regard, and in prosecuting not even a single culprit for the killing of over 2000 persons, the rape of hundreds of women, the torching of thousands of commercial and residential premises, looting thousands of crores worth of property and desecration of hundred of religious places; Sees the election not as a defeat of secularism but as the victory of deep saffron over soft saffron due to misguided electoral strategy of the Congress and the divisive policy of the NCP and the SP; Condemns the irresponsible and inhuman dereliction of its Constitutional duty by the State Government, the role of a disinterested spectator by the Central Government and the loss of interest by the National Commission for Minorities and the National Human Rights Commission in pursing actively their own recommendations; Expresses deep regret at the continuance of the environment of fear and terror in Gujarat with regular eruption of communal violence, wrongful prevention of the displaced from returning to their homes and the social and economic boycott and consequent pamperisation of the Muslim community; and Cautions the nation against ignoring the welfare and the legitimate rights of the Muslim Gujaratis and calls upon the secular forces to press the Government to create conditions for them to live in peace and dignity and to prosecute, their normal vocations, freely. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Recalling its Resolution of 12 October, 2003; Noting the observance of the 10th anniversary of the Demolition all over the country, particularly in the South; Noting with regret that the AIMPLB has not yet withdrawn its amendment petition renouncing its claim to the 22 plots of Wakf land in dispute outside the Babari Masjid; Expresses its deep concern at the revival of the Mandir agitation by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, supported openly by the BJP, whose object is to force the Central Government to handover part of the acquired land in Ayodhya, including some disputed land, to the VHP for commencing the construction of the proposed Mandir on the basis of its unlawful site-plan; Calls upon the Central Government not to succumb to the pressure of the VHP which has lost the support of many eminent religious personalities and the people of Ayodhya and not to dispose of any part of the acquired land, except in the light of the final judicial verdict, as directed by the Supreme Court; and Supports the BMMCC's call to the AIBMAC to reunite and thus consolidate the movement for the restoration of the Babari Masjid as well as requests the AIMPLB to reconstitute its Committee on Babari Masjid and to form an Advisory Committee of eminent national personalities for consultation. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Recalls its Resolution of 12 October, 2002; Welcomes the formation of the PDP-Congress Coalition Government under the leadership of Janab Mufti Mohd. Sayeed and the steps initiated by him to restore normal life for the long-suffering people of the State, particularly the release of detenus who have the languishing in detention without any specific criminal charges; Calls upon the Central Government to extend full support to the State Government in fulfilling its promises to the people and in particularly to initiate negotiation with the elected representatives of the people and other segments of public opinion in the State on restructuring the relation between the Union and the State; Calls upon Pakistan to stop infiltration of armed personal across the LoC and thus to create conditions for resumption of talks between the two countries on the Kashmir question; and Decides to explore the possibility of holding a Round Table to clarify the stand and the role of the Muslim community in the rest of the country, in resolving the political stalemate in the State. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Calls upon the Anjuman Tarraqui-i-Urdu, Hind and all organizations and institutions committed to the cause of Urdu to observe the Centenary of the foundation of the Anjuman Tarraqui-i-Urdu during the year 2003; Reiterates its view that after 50 years of independence, it is time that Urdu receives due recognition as a major national language and, though it does not command a majority in any state, Urdu-speaking community must collectively but peacefully agitate for the survival and promotion of its Mother Tongue in accordance with the Constitution, particularly; a) By adoption of Urdu as medium of primary instruction for all Urdu-speaking children; b) By adoption of Urdu as Compulsory First Language in the Three Language Formula for Urdu-speaking students and for its optional teaching as 2nd or
3rd Language for other students at secondary level; c) By establishment of Urdu-medium primary schools in accordance with national norms, in all villages and mahallas of Urdu-concentration for all Urdu-speaking children and of model Urdu-medium high and higher secondary schools and degree colleges in all Tehsils, Zilas and States respectively of Urdu-speaking concentration, and the affiliation of all Urdu-medium schools and colleges to Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad. d) Through use of Urdu for specified purposes as additional official language in all States, Districts, Tehsils and Panchayats in which Urdu-speaking population constitute 5% or more of the population. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Conscious of the fact that the Dargahs of the Muslim Saints have been traditionally visited by people of all faiths without any let or hindrance; Takes serious note of the steady take-over of Muslim shrines by some members of the Hindu community backed by Hindu organizations which have come to a lead in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and MP; Reiterates the legal and moral position that notwithstanding their cosmopolitan appeal, the Dargahs are essentially Muslim institutions, subject to registration and regulation as Wakfs and non-interference in terms of the Religious Places (Special Provisions) Act, 1991; Demands that Muslim shrines be protected by the State from take-overs whose objective is to change their basic Islamic character and transform them into Hindu shrines; and Cautions the Wakf authorities, Mutawallis and the Management Committees to take all possible steps to conserve the essential character of the Muslim shrines and, if necessary, to take legal action to maintain and retrieve control and management of such shrines. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Taking note of the recent revival of the long buried proposal for the trifurcation of the Punjab Wakf Board; Considering that the Punjab Wakf Board covers the post-1947 East Punjab which had Wakf properties but little Muslim population to conserve and was established to conserve and utilize those properties as a collective heritage in the larger interest of the Muslim community, particularly for the rehabilitation and education of the residual Muslim population in the successor states; Reiterates its opposition to any scheme to break up the Board and to create State Boards; Also demands that the Central Government immediately constitute the Punjab Wakf Board in accordance with the Wakf Act 1995; and Demands from the present Administrator a public report on the progress of retrieval of Wakf properties under illegal occupation, particularly Masjids, Dargahs and Qabristans, since its inception and on the financial status of the Board as on 31.3.2002. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Noting the continuous terrorization of the Muslim community by extremist Hindu organizations like the VHP and the Bajrang Dal with absolute immunity through provocation, threats and violence and the refusal of the authorities to take any action against them under the law of the land; Taking into account the agitation launched by the VHP in UP against the Shahi Idgah Masjid in Mathura and the Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi and against Muslim shrines in Gujarat, Maharashtra, MP and Karnataka; Also noting the subtle terrorization of Muslim Indian community, sometimes by the leaders of the Government through public statements, which all address the subliminal Hindu fear of the Muslim and thus build up negative emotions against the community; Also considering the impact of the malicious projection of what has been inappropriately called 'Islamic terrorism', while omitting to qualify the terrorism in the N. E. as Christian or the ULFA terrorism in Assam, or even in Sri Lanka or Nepal, as Hindu; Calls upon the government, the administration, the mass media to desist from such projection of all Muslims as terrorists, as these serve no other purpose but to vitiate the communal environment; and Also request the government strictly to apply the law so as to silence the orchestration of hate. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Taking note of the press reports about the Government considering Central legislation to curb the constitutional right under Article 25 and Article
30 of the Muslim community to establish Madrasas; Noting the incessant propaganda against the Madrasas and the harassment of their managers and teachers in several States as well as the pressure to divert them from their essentially religious purposes; Acknowledges the right and duty of the Government to take note, in accordance with the law of the land, against any Imam or Mudarris who is found to engage in any anti-national or subversive activity; Advises the Government against such legislation which would merely give more power to the local authorities to harass the functionaries of the Madrasas and of the Masjids, which often serve as Maktabs; Demands a complete stop to the baseless official campaign, in the name of internal security, against Muslim institutions; and Cautions the Central and State Governments that the Muslim community will not tolerate any interference with religion and any general vilification of its religious institutions. 

RESOLUTION 9/14: ON Anti-Conversion Legislation 
The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Noting the recent legislation in Tamilnadu curbing the constitutional right of a citizen to change his religion; Taking note of the impetus this has given to the Sangh Parivar to demand similar legislation in all States, particularly the declaration of the Modi Government to give it high priority in its legislative programme; Calls upon the Indian National Congress to direct its government in MP, Chhattisgarh and Arunachal Pradesh to review the continuance of such laws in these states and to take steps to repeal them, if they are found to be in little use as they are avoidable and unnecessary restriction on freedom of religion and freedom of conscience; Also calls upon the BJD leadership to make a similar review in Orissa; and Also requests the Supreme Court suo moto to review its judgement on the constitutionality of the Orissa Law, which is universally considered to be bad law and merely serves to provide an excuse to the Hindutva organizations to press for similar legislation elsewhere, when they themselves engage in Shuddhi campaigns all over the country. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Noting the politically motivated revival of the campaign to identity and deport Bangladeshi infiltrators; Noting, in the light of past experience, the likely harassment of Bengali-speaking Muslim Indians, working in various parts of the country by the local administrations at the behest of anti-Muslim forces; Calls upon the Government to check the permanent address of those suspected of being Bangladeshi infiltration and not to take any punitive action in the meantime; and Also requests the Central Government to direct the States which are supposed to have large concentration of Bangladeshi infiltrators to notify the IMDT Act and to establish tribunals for identifying the infiltrators. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Finding that constructive social work within the community and outside within the larger national community is handicapped by the general disinclination to commit time and energy on a regular basis for social purposes; Appeals to the educated Muslim youth to form Social Service Committees at the local level, in every mahalla and village of Muslim concentration for voluntary work for the welfare and service of their neighbours, particularly the illiterate or the uneducated or the handicapped who are unable to steer their way through the maze of forms and procedures as well as for achieving the social and economic objectives of central and state schemes of social welfare, economic development and educational progress as well as for ensuring due municipal services for their localities; and Proposes that 5 educated Muslim youth of every locality form a group, dedicate one hour a day to render free and selfless voluntary service to secure the benefits of existing official schemes for their locality and its residents and thus help change the face of their localities and the life of its people. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Recalls its Resolution of 12 October, 2002; Takes note of the oft repeated threats by the USA to wage a war against Iraq and the interim report of the UN Inspectors to the UN Security Council. Calls upon the USA to place all information in its possession on the location of alleged stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and bacteriological weapons of mass destruction in Iraq for verification by the UN Inspectors; Appreciates the offer of the Government of Iraq to cooperate fully with the UN Inspectors in the implementation of the Security Council Resolution
1411 and requests the UN Security Council to review the situation only after the Inspectors have submitted their final report; Condemns the stand of the USA and its threat to plunge the world into war to serve purely domestic purposes against the manifest will of the people of the world as a resurgence of imperialism, an assault on international law and the UN system as well as on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the States of the Third World; Appreciates the stand of the Government of India against war in the Gulf and calls upon it to take energetic steps to mobilize the non-aligned movement, in this regard; and Calls upon the States neighbouring Iraq and other peace-loving countries to refuse all military facilities to the USA in their territory or air space. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Taking note of the prevalence of the virus of Islamophobia in the USA since the terrorist attack in New York in September, 2001; Taking note in particular of the harassment through racial profiling of all Muslim visitors and residents, including citizens, while traveling to and within the USA and while fulfilling immigration formalities; Deeply concerned by the surge of vilification of Islam and demonisation of the Holy Prophet by Church leaders, political figures of national eminence and well-known writers and cartoonists which is assuming the proportion of an epidemic; Noting that the US Administration has taken no effective steps to stop the nationally orchestrated campaign of abuse and calumny, which is unworthy of a great country; Noting the active participation of the FBI in creating fear psychosis in the Muslim community in the USA and in generating suspicion and distrust against them among the people not only by its not- so-secret surveillance but, also by open direction to local authorities to prepare registers of mosques and Muslims in the country, district-wise; Upholding its right and responsibility of the USA to identify, deport and punish subversive elements; Requests the USA to desist from blatant violation of human rights and from providing a model or justification for similar measures in other countries against their Muslim minorities. 

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat Recalling its Resolution of 12 October, 2002 on the question of Palestine; Condemns continuing Israeli aggression against the Palestinians and the infrastructure of the Palestinian community which subverts all possibility of resumption of negotiation between Israel and the Palestinian authority; Also condemns continuing US military, economic and political support to Israel in its war against Palestine; and Reiterates its support to the just cause of establishment of independent Palestine on the Palestinian soil.

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