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2005: Indian Muslim Press Statements
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THE ASSOCIATION OF INDIAN MUSLIMS OF AMERICA  

Indian Muslims of America present memorandum to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh

Press Release / 19 July 2005:

Text of memorandum to the honorable Prime Minister of India

A very warm welcome and greetings to you Mr Prime Minister, on your state visit to U.S., from 150,000 Indian-American Muslims.

We congratulate you and the UPA Indian government on your completing a very successful one year. Indeed your government has brought good progress and improvement in several key areas, namely: economic development, communal harmony, law and order, international relations - including relations with U.S. As people of Indian origin it makes us very happy that India is making good over-all progress and is now respected the world over for its achievements.

We thank you:
We thank you for taking meaningful steps in several key areas that are important to the welfare of the Muslim community, namely:
(a) Revocation of the dreaded Indian law called the Prevention of Terrorist Activities (POTA) Act, which was very discriminatory towards the Muslim community;
(b) Initiating a roll back of several undesirable changes in school text books, that were defamatory of the history of the Indian Muslims, and that were implemented by the National Council for Education - Review of Textbooks
(NCERT) in the last few years; 
(c) Approving a policy to implement 50% reservation in seats for Muslim students at Aligarh Muslim University.

We request speedy action:
We request your favorable action on the following key problems/issues:
(a) The overall socio-economic condition of Muslims in India continues to be very bad; with about half of them living below poverty line, and more than half being very backward in education. We request you to implement reservation for Muslims in professional education institutions, which can enable them to obtain employment. We request you to implement reservation for Muslims in government and public sector jobs.
(b) Three years after the massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, no action has yet been taken against the culprits. We request that you implement an enquiry by a retired Supreme Court judge into the said carnage, and institute speedy trials for the culprits, including responsible senior officials of Gujarat government, in fast-track courts. Many victims are still in much need of rehabilitation and financial assistance so that they can stand on their own feet. Kindly provide for that as soon as possible.
(c) The proportion of Muslims in the Indian police and armed services is less than 1%. We request you to implement a program to substantially increase the recruitment of Muslims in these government services.
(d) The number of Urdu language teachers in Urdu speaking parts of India is abysmally low. That is causing a large number of Muslim youth to loose their distinct heritage. We request you to implement a program to impart basic Urdu literacy to these students.
(e) The program of national integration between the religiously and ethnically diverse population of India, needs much more governmental emphasis, investment of physical and manpower resources, throughout India. We request you to significantly increase the budget, programs and authority of the National Integration Council.

Sd/- Kaleem Kawaja
President
THE ASSOCIATION OF INDIAN MUSLIMS OF AMERICA
PO Box 10654, Silver Spring, MD 20914 USA; Tel. ++1-410 730 5456; Email: kawaja@worldnet.att.net  

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