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AIMMM Resolutions of Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat

New Delhi, 12 February, 2005

I - Resolution of  Condolence:
The Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) expresses its sorrow at the sad demise of some eminent members of the community who had made valuable contribution to its progress and welfare and prays to Allah SWT to reward them for their good deeds and grant them Maghferat.

II - On Regular Contact and Consultation with Muslim Representation:
The Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) reiterates is proposal to the UPA Government and major secular parties to establish regular and systematic consultation with the Muslim community as well establish an institutional mechanism to monitor their grievances and to take remedial measures.

In particular, the MMM suggest to the secular parties to charge one of their National General Secretaries with the task of monitoring the Muslim situation and to keep in constant touch with Muslim organizations of national eminence.

The MMM respectfully points out that the lack of contact between the NDA Government in general and the Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, in particular and the Muslim organizations and public figures had generated loss of faith and trust and urges that every effort should be made, in the interest of the Government and the second largest community of the country, to maintain the high hopes and expectations with which the Muslims contributed to the formation of the UPA Government and the enthusiasm with which they welcomed it.

The MMM specifically reiterates its proposal to the UPA Government to take the initiative for the establishment of the Joint Parliamentary Committee for the Welfare of the Minorities as well as to create a Department of Minority Affairs, with a MOS as its head, directly under the Prime Minister. 

The MMM requests the Prime Minister to make it convenient to meet the representatives of Muslim organizations of national eminence once a month to monitor the progress and development of the Muslim community and the pending issues and problems, alongwith the Minister of Home Affairs, the Minister of Human Resource Development, the Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, the Minister of Law,  or advise them to have similar meetings separately.

III - On Revival of National Integration Council:
The Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) appreciates the revival of the National Integration Council but notes the non-representation of major Muslim organizations and institutions therein.

However, the MMM expresses the hope that the Council shall meet at least twice a year and invite representatives of Muslim organizations of national eminence to participate in its deliberations and that the Central and State Governments shall take its recommendations seriously and implement them.

IV - On Reconstitution of Official Bodies of Interest to Muslims:
The Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) deplores that the major official bodies of interest to the Muslim community and important for their development have not been reconstituted, even 9 months after the formation of the UPA Government.  This includes the Minorities Commission, the Central Haj Committee, the Central Wakf Council, the National Minorities Finance and Development Corporation and Maulana Azad Education Foundation.

The MMM urges the Government to reconstitute them urgently with inclusion of representative figures from the Muslim community who command credibility and respect and are known for their knowledge and advocacy of their problems.

V - On Fulfillment of the Promise of Reservation:
The Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) regrets the total lack of progress in the fulfillment of the electoral pledge of the UPA and its MCP for reservation for Muslim community in public employment and higher education. 

The MMM notes that even the initial step of appointing a Commission to determine the fact and level of economic, educational and social backwardness of the Muslim community, as a community, on a national basis, has not been taken so far.

The MMM requests the Central Government to give due priority to this vital commitment; and set the ball rolling because the Muslim youth is showing signs of restlessness at their continued deprivation.

VI - On Implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in Muslim Concentration Areas:
The Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) regrets to note the farcical implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in Muslim concentration areas by offering one or two teachers or para-teachers for existing Maktabs and Madrasas.

The MMM requests the Central Government to map the Muslim concentration areas i.e. villages and Mahallas with more than 20% Muslim population, determine the level of educational deprivation in terms of schools and establish, to begin with, normal government primary schools in these areas in accordance with national norm of 1 primary school for 300 children.

VII - On National Commission for Minorities Educational Institutions Act, 2005:
The Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat notes that the Central Office has already expressed its views on the inadequacies of the National Commission for Minorities Educational Institutions, Act, 2005 , discussed them with the Minister of Human Resource Development and in response to his invitation, submitted desirable amendments for his consideration.

The MMM takes this opportunity to request the Union Government not to tinker with the serious problems faced by the Muslim community in availing of its rights under Article 30(1) and (2) of the Constitution but to take necessary steps to establish an empowered and effective mechanism which shall help to remove the obstacles which the minorities persistently face in establishment, affiliation, recognition and admission of their institutions and which limit their own contribution to their educational advancement. 

VIII - On Delay in Publication of Language Census, 2001:
The Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) deplores the delay in the publication of Census 2001 Report on Languages which has assumed great importance in view of the decision of the Government to implement Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in order to universalize primary education which has to be imparted through the medium of the mother tongue.  Only on the basis of the  Census, the areas of concentration of linguistic minorities like those of Urdu-speaking community, particularly in UP, Bihar, Maharashtra, AP and Karnataka, can be determined and the establishment of the needed number of primary schools with the minority languages of the State as their medium of instruction in those areas can be targetted.

IX - On the Attempt to Disrupt Muslim Unity in the Personal Law Front:
The Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat expresses its deep concern at the sudden mushrooming of several ‘Personal Law Boards’ which clearly shows the hand of the vested interests to disrupt the unity of the Muslim community to defend the Shariat and their Islamic identity.

The MMM is confident that these organizations will not strike any roots in the Muslim community which understands that effective defence of the Muslim Personal Law is possible only through a common Board representing all sects and all regions of Muslim concentration.

The MMM, however, feels that AIMPLB should accelerate the process of change in the ‘composition of the Board’ which it has already initiated.

X - On Expansion of Muslim Welfare Schemes:
The Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) has noted that the two schemes of special interest to the Muslim continue to be limited by inadequate resources and, therefore, urges the UPA to raise the corpus of the National Minorities Finance and Development Corporation to the original figure of Rs. 500 crores and also the level of grant-in-aid for the Maulana Azad Education Foundation to at least Rs. 100 crores during 2005-06. 

The MMM also requests the government that since the Muslims are as educationally deprived and backward as the SC and the ST, all schemes for the educational development of the SC and ST should be instituted for the Muslim community also and implemented through the Maulana Azad Education Foundation.

XI - On Restoration of Jamia Urdu, Aligarh:
The Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) welcomes the Order of the Hon’ble High Court of Allahabad of 15 December, 2004 to the District Magistrate to take charge of the Jamia Urdu, Aligarh, and to the Dy. Registrar of Societies, Agra to hold fresh election for the posts of office-bearers and the Managing Committee.  However, the MMM has noted that the election are to be held on the basis of the Rules and Regulations, registered in 1997, which was nothing more than an exercise in fraud and deception, in the nature of an internal coup, engineered by a paid employee, the then Registrar of the Jamia who has reduced the Jamia to his private estate.
The MMM emphasizes the need to restore and revive the Jamia Urdu and to cleanse it of the grip of the self-seeking mafias which either controls it or seeks to control it.
The MMM considers that the root cause of the degeneration of the Jamia Urdu over the last 7 years has been the Rules and Regulations of 1997 and requests the High Court to nullify it in view of the persistent litigation, mismanagement and misappropriation and to hand over the Jamia Urdu, in the higher interest of justice, the institution and the Urdu-speaking community, to a small group of eminent scholars and literateurs of Urdu, with the mandate to draft new Rules and Regulations and get them approved by the Registrar, then form the General Body and hold elections to the Managing Committee and make appointment of the academic authorities of the Jamia Urdu.

XII - On Observance of Foundation Day of the AIMMM:
The Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) decides to observe the Foundation Day on Sunday, the 7th August, 2005, on completion of 40 years of its life on 9 August, 1964. 
The MMM requests the President to draw up a suitable programme for the occasion and nominate a Celebration Committee with the Convener.

XIII - On Developments in Palestine:
The Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat welcomes the election in Palestine, the resumption of contacts between the Palestinian Authority and the State of Israel and the ceasefire agreement.
But the MMM has also noted with regret that there is no Israeli commitment on any major point of the Palestine Question including, above all, the continued occupation of Occupied Arab Territory, Israeli settlements in the West Bank have continued to expand and the usurpation of Palestinian land and homes and the construction of the Sharon Wall also continue.  Unless immediate steps are taken by Israel at least to freeze the expansion of the settlements in the West Bank and to stop the construction of the Wall, the ceasefire is not likely to hold.

The MMM hopes that the UN, the EU, the USA and Russia shall intervene to exert pressure on Israel to take a public stand as noted above and then to enter into meaningful negotiation with the Palestinian Authority for the withdrawal of all Jewish settlements as well as Israeli forces from the Occupied Arab Territory and the demolition of the Sharon Wall.  The USA, Russia and the EU should declare their readiness to support the deputation of a UN peacekeeping force on both sides of Israel-Palestinian border and to establish an International Fund to compensate generously those refugee families which voluntarily forego their claim for return to their original homes and land in Israel.

XIV - On Developments in Iraq:
The Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat has taken note of the elections in Iraq held under foreign occupation under condition of insurgency and with questionable features and limited turnout.  These elections are far from an exercise in genuine democracy.  Yet it is a positive development which expresses the desire of the Iraqi people for freedom and peace. 

Even though the interim national assembly, by the manner of its election cannot be considered to be truly representative of the Iraqi people, yet the interim government deriving its authority from an election will be more representative of the will of the people than the two previous formations installed by the occupation, provided it shows the courage to demand complete withdrawal of occupation forces, shows the door to foreign ‘advisers’ who are virtually running every Department and Ministry and provided also the government is broad based, representing the Shias and the Sunnis, the Arabs and the Kurds, and other minorities in a reasonable mix.
Above all Iraq, ravaged by invasion and occupation cries out for reconstruction but there cannot be progress without freedom, peace and stability.  If the new government proves by its conduct that it not just another tool in the hands of the USA, it might win the respect and support of the people and the UNO, which has instead of protecting Iraq’s sovereignty has so far legitimized its occupation, may yet be forced to set a date for complete transfer of power.

Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
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