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Text of the Resolutions taken at the meeting of the National Working Committee, New Delhi, 20 November, 2004

New Delhi, 20 November, 2004

Text of the Resolutions

Resolutions of Markazi Majlis-e-Amla, 20, November, 2004

I- Condolence Resolution

The MMA expresses its deep sense of sorrow at the demise of Janab Ghulam Sarwar, former Speaker of the Bihar Legislative Assembly and the pioneer of the Urdu Movement in Bihar.

The MMA also condolences the death of the eminent parliamentarian Mr. Syed Ahmad Mehdi and the well-known poets Bismil Shahjahanpuri and Aziz Bagharvi.

The MMA offers its condolences to the bereaved families and prays to Allah for the Maghferat of the departed souls.

II - Resolution on Review of the Performance of 6 Month of UPA Government

The MMA felicitates the UPA Government, headed by Dr. Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister which has, despite parliamentary obstruction and astrological predictions, successfully completed 6 months in power and has changed the political, social and economic atmosphere of the country in this brief period.

The MMA realizes that though there has been all-round progress on many front it is not possible to clear all the cobwebs of the last 6 years overnight but the people, particularly the deprived and the oppressed expected CHANGE, a reaffirmation of Dignity and Hope with the change of government. The Muslim community has felt liberated and is beginning to come forward and frankly articulation matters of concern. Several matters of utmost concern to the Muslim community have, however, remained unattended.

The MMA lists a few such matters for priority attention by the Ministries concerned (in alphabetical order) :

1. Prime Ministerís Office: 1) Establishment of a Ministry of Minority Affairs and a joint Parliamentary Committee on the Welfare of the Minorities.
2) Revival of PMís 15-Point Programme for Minorities.
2. Culture: 1) Withdrawal of the ASI Notification on Kamal Maula Masjid in Dhar, MP.
2) Proper care and maintenance of Protected Masjids and Monuments by the ASI
3) Implementation of 1984 Agreement on Performance of Namaz in Protected Masjids on a selective basis.
3. Education: 1) Revival of the Three Language Formula in high school curriculum to enable students from linguistic minorities to acquire proficiency in their Mother Tongue.
2) Crash programme to open primary schools in Muslim concentration and other deprived areas in accordance with the national norms and with Mother Tongue as the medium of primary education.
3) Reconstitution of the National Council for the Promotion of Urdu

4) Review of the Place of Urdu in Curriculum of the CBSE.
4. External Affairs: 1) Reconstitution of the Haj Committee.
2) Active Support to the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood.
5. Home: 1) Review of POTA cases and Retrospective repeal of POTA.
2) Enactment of a Comprehensive Law on Social Violence, providing for equal compensation, special courts, punitive fines, fixation of responsibility, judicial inquiry and due representation of the target communities in police force and magistracy.
3) Reconstitution of National Integration Council.
4) Further Empowerment of National Commission of Human Rights.
5) Due Representation to Muslim in Central Para-military Forces.
6) Legislation against Hate Crimes.
7) Review of Progress of Relief and Rehabilitation of Victims of Gujarat Violence.
6. Information and 1) Duration of Urdu Broadcasting and Telecasts in Government

Broadcasting: Electronic media.
2) Creation of National Urdu Channel as Door Darshan.
7. Law: 1) Appointment of Muslims as Judges in the Supreme Court and the High Courts and as Members of the Law Commission.
2) Review of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986.
3) Elimination of Under-representation of the Muslims in Legislatures.
8. Social Justice: 1) Withdrawal of the Order of Trifurcation of the Punjab Wakf Board.
2) Reservation for Muslims in Public Employment on Kerala and Karnataka model.
3) Reconstitution of the National Commission for Minorities, the National Minorities Finance and Development Corporation, the Central Wakf Council, Maulana Azad Education Foundation and Regular Discussion on their Reports to the Parliament.
4) Discussion on the Reports of the Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities in Parliament.

The MMA requests the Ministers concerned in the UPA Government to expedite action on the above mentioned matters.

The MMA would also like to point out, in particular, that to the dismay of the Muslim community, the hangers-on of the NDA regime and its nominees continue to Ďadorní several official and semi-official bodies and feels that it is necessary to purge Muslim appointees of the NDA government in the Government bodies in order to reinforce the impression of change in the eyes of the Muslim community.

III - Resolution on Establishment of National Commission for Minority Educational InstitutionS

The MMA has taken note of the promulgation by the UPA Government of the Ordinance for the establishment of the proposed National Commission for Minority Educational Institution which was promised in its MCP.

While the MMA appreciates the expeditious action taken, it regrets that in adopting the Ordinance the Muslim community was not taken into confidence nor were Muslim educationists consulted. Consequently the Ordinance appears to be inadequate to the situation and will fail to remove the difficulties faced by the Muslims in enjoying the benefits of Article 30(1) and (2) of the Constitution in full measure.

The main difficulties relate to:

1. Non-recognition of MEIís as MEIís on one pretext or the other.

2. Non-affiliation of MEIís with the Secondary Boards and Universities in various States.
3. Non-sanction of grants-in-aid to MEIís by the State authorities.
4. Non-issue of No Objection Certificates for Professional Colleges, sought to be established.
5. Non-recognition of professional colleges, established by the Muslims by the statutory bodies like the Medical Council of India or the All India Council for Technical Education.
Neither the Commission has any overriding powers nor any authority to advise the Boards and Universities and the Councils to remove the difficulties faced by the MEIís and facilitate expeditious clearance.

The Ordinance instead of facilitating the recognition and affiliation of the MEIís by State Boards/Universities or even by all Central Universities limits alternative affiliation to 5 specified Universities of which only Delhi University is centrally located and of some benefit.

The Ordinance does not empower the Commission to intervene effectively when grant-in-aid is delayed or refused.

The MMA feels that the proposed Commission would merely re-enact the ineffective role played by the National Commission for Minorities.

The MMA knows that the UPA Government is sincerely desirous to promote the education of minorities and, therefore, requests that the Bill to replace the Ordinance should be re-drafted, in consultation with the community, with the object of removing all the obstacles which stand in the way of enjoying full benefit of Article 30.

IV - Resolution on Kashmir Question

The MMA appreciates the initiatives taken by the UPA Government on the Kashmir Question, moving towards meaningful negotiations with Pakistan, on one hand, and reaching out to the people of the State, on the other.

However, the MMA regrets the conditional response of the APHC to the unconditional invitation for talks extended by the Prime Minister and its refusal to meet him during his just concluded visit to Srinagar on the ground that they shall see the Prime Minister only after a visit to Pakistan. The MMA fails to comprehend the logic of the APHC whose leaders had, during the NDA regime, called on the then Deputy Prime Minister in New Delhi,

The MMA expresses the hope that the pace of negotiations on this and other outstanding questions at all levels shall gather momentum as political, cultural, economic and social exchanges between the two countries increase.

The MMA realizes that the progress towards the final settlement is bound to be very slow and appeals to all concerned to facilitate the process by abjuring rigidity and discarding old thinking.

The MMA, particularly, appreciates the courageous decision to reduce the armed forces in the State and feels that it would make an immense psychological impact on the people if the army and paramilitary profile in cities and towns of the State was lowered.

The MMA also takes this opportunity to request the State Government to investigate the massive phenomenon of missing persons and the allegations of custodial killings and to respect and implement the recommendations of the State Human Rights Commission.

V - Resolution on Review of CBSE Curriculum on Languages

The Markazi Majlis-e-Amla (MMA) has taken note of the longstanding grievance of the Urdu-speaking community about virtual exile of Urdu from the curriculum of the Central Board of Secondary Education for Secondary Examination. The curriculum limits the choice of languages to two only and thus effectively exiles the Mother Tongue of the Urdu-Hindi speaking students and bars them from gaining due proficiency in their Mother Tongue, which should be one of the primary objectives of school education. Since Urdu is not the Principal Language of any state, the Urdu-speaking students are the worst sufferers all over the country.

The CBSE is an important institution whose curriculum is followed not only by private schools affiliated to it, in India and abroad, but by the Central Schools, the Navodaya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Vidyalayas.

The MMA proposes for the consideration of the Union Government that the CBSE should revise its curriculum to introduce the nationally accepted Three Language Formula in its original form which would enable every student to gain proficiency in his/her Mother Tongue, in the following manner:

1. First Language : Mother Tongue (Compulsory)
Second Language : Hindi for non-Hindi students or Regional Language of the State (Compulsory)
Third Language : English or a Classical Language (Sanskrit, Arabic or Persian) or a Foreign Language; other than English or Hindi for those who have not offered Hindu as First or Second Language.

2. No language should be bracketted with a non-language subject

3. The Three Language Formula should be applied from Class VI.

The MMA appeals to the UPA Government and particularly to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Human Resource Development, to consider this basic suggestion for the survival and development of Urdu in the land of its birth,
and for the progress of all other M.I.Lís which are minority languages in all States other than their home-states.

VI - Resolution on Situation in Iraq

The MMA has noted the fall of Fallujah to the US forces and its enormous human cost in terms of death and destruction and massive displacement of the civil population. But the fall of Fallujah has sparked popular resistance all over Iraq and exposed the real face of the Allawi regime as an American puppet.

The MMA deems it unlikely that a free and fair election can now be held as scheduled and considers that the real objective of the USA is not to bring peace and democracy to Iraq as it claims but to plunge it into a civil war and divide it along ethnic and sectarian lines into small states which are more amenable to US dominance.

Considering that all human beings have a right to life and cannot be deprived of this right except in accordance with law and, therefore, the MMM cautions the Resistance groups against targeting non-combatants or committing brutalities and atrocities against innocent persons.

The MMA appeals to the people of the world not to be misled by US propaganda or forget the long-suffering people of Iraq, but to maintain pressure on the USA to stop its continuing aggression and to quit Iraq.

VII - Resolution on Situation in Palestine

The MMA shares with the Palestinian people their sorrow and sense of loss at the demise of Yasser Arafat who, upto his last breath, remained the unquestioned symbol of the struggle of the Palestinian people for Freedom and Peace. A revolutionary to the core, Arafat was realistic enough to accept the idea of Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace, even though all his advances towards a final settlement were repeatedly rebuffed by Israel in order to maintain its physical presence and military control of the occupied territory.

The MMA is convinced that the Palestinian people shall close ranks behind a democratically elected leader with the mandate to follow in the footsteps of Arafat to realize their inalienable right to Statehood with the vacation of all occupied territories, including Jerusalem, and a reasonable settlement on the right of the Palestinian refugees.

VIII - Resolution on Situation in Thailand

The MMA considers the continued oppression and terrorization of the Muslim community in South Thailand by the Government of Thailand as not only in violation of their human rights but an exercise in tyranny. It regrets that the Government of Thailand has neither expressed any regret over the death by suffocation of 80 Muslim youth piled like lifeless legs in military trucks on 28 October, 2004 nor offered any ex-gratia relief to the next-of-kin nor punished or prosecuted the culprits nor even established a judicial Commission of inquiry.

The MMA feels that state violence and the apathy of the Thai civil society may combine to re-ignite the embers of rebellion in this region which has remained economically backward and has not shared the prosperity of Thailand.

The MMA appeals to the Thai Government to adopt a humane approach, restrain its armed forces, establish a dialogue with the leaders of the Muslim community and prepare plans for the development of the region.

Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
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