Resolutions of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat
Majlis-e-Mushawarat, 10 June, 2006
On State Assembly Elections, 2006:
The MMM reviewed the results of the
recent Assembly elections in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and
expressed its satisfaction that the communal forces have been contained or
decimated and secular parties/fronts had formed State Governments.
However, it regrets that though the total number of constituencies with
Muslim winners or runner up or both has almost attained the number of
seats demographically due to the Muslim community, in all States (except
Tamil Nadu) the community remains under-represented and
ascribes it basically to the secular parties not fielding adequate number
of Muslim candidates and to the division of Muslim votes among rival
The MMM considers it imperative
that at the constituency level, the Muslim electorate votes
massively and unitedly for one candidate who should be selected by
the Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat taking into account the views of the local
community. The MMM, convinced of the correctness of the Guidelines it
issued on the eve of the election, however, considers that much remains to
be done especially the construction of a strong and united Muslim platform
at the State/Constituency level in order to establish a meaningful
dialogue with the major secular parties in the state and to address the
problem of choosing the right candidate in every constituency through
consultation with the local community.
On Reservation for Muslim
In the context of the national
debate on reservation, the MMM reiterates its longstanding demand for a
separate reservation quota of 10% in higher education and public
employment for the Muslim community which forms a Backward Class
under the existing scheme of reservation in public employment and that
proposed in the field of professional education.
The MMM also demands that the
undergraduate courses in all universities and professional institutions,
government or government-aided, be brought within the purview of
reservation for Backward Classes and that every Backward Class which has a
substantial population be provided with a separate quota, if it so
desires, by sub-classifying the existing conglomerates like SC, ST, OBC
and Minorities, which should be based on its population and its
comparative level of backwardness.
The MMM is of the view that the
backward groups in the high castes should also enjoy similar reservation.
The MMM also supports a more strict
and nationwide definition of the Creamy Layer to ensure that the benefit
of the quota available to a group is effectively available only to
those candidates who come from genuinely backward families and deserve it.
The MMM is of the considered view
that expansion of admission capacity in some institutions of national
importance will not meet the demands of Social Justice or solve the issue
but only push it under over the carpet and perhaps defer the day of
The MMM also feels that the highest
priority should be given to upgradation of all government schools,
particularly in rural areas and poor urban localities, giving priority to
higher secondary schools and then to establishment of secondary, upper
primary and primary schools to provide uniform education of
quality to all children in the disadvantaged areas which face a school
deficit in terms of national norms.
On Restoration of Minority
Character of the Aligarh Muslim University:
The MMM welcomes the order of the
Supreme Court recommending a review of the Azeez Pasha Judgement by a
Constitutional Bench but feels aggrieved by the restoration of the status
quo ante and the reversal of reservation introduced for 2006-07. The
review may take years and thus the tempo of the university towards
establishing a pan-Indian Muslim character of the AMU may be lost.
The MMM, in view of the repeated
assurances of the Union Government to restore the minority character of
the AMU, urges the Government and the University jointly to formulate
suitable amendments to the AMU Act, 1981 and to the Constitution, if
consider necessary, to build up a national consensus on them and to
introduce them in the Parliament at the earliest possible.
On Dialogue on Kashmir:
The MMM welcomes the initiative by
the Union Government of holding a dialogue with all political forces in
J&K while maintaining the tempo of confidence building measures and
exchange of views with Pakistan. The MMM finds it disappointing that the
APHC did not participate in the second round table.
The MMM urges the Union Government
that in the next round, the Muslim
community in the rest of the country which has a vital stake in the
continued association of the State with the Union should be suitably
The MMM also proposes that the
Union should separately open dialogue with the major militant groups
operating in the State which agree to mutual ceasefire and engage
them without any precondition even outside the country, for the sake of
On Communal Situation in Gujarat:
The MMM expresses its shock at the
sudden demolition of the 300 year old Dargah of the Sufi Saint Rashiduddin
Chishti in Vadodara on the excuse of urban development without entering
into a proper dialogue with the representatives of the Gujarat Muslim
community or obtaining a judicial order and considers that this was yet
another manifestation of Hindutva Fascism, of which the State Government
and particularly its Chief Minister have become symbols.
The MMM appreciates that the Union
Government persuaded the State Government to deploy armed forces in
Vadodara and sought a stay from the Supreme Court and thus brought the
situation under control.
The MMM proposes that the
sanctity of religious shrines and places of worship all over the country
formally protected or otherwise, must be respected by the authorities,
particularly in the light of the Religious Places (Special Provision) Act
The MMM demands that the Dargah be
rebuilt on its original site and the loss of life and limb be fully
The MMM takes this opportunity to
express its dismay that the progress of rehabilitation and resettlement of
the displaced Muslims, specially their return to their original homes and
vocations as well as of the trial of the reopened criminal cases is very
slow and the National Commission for Minorities, the Union Government as
well as the Supreme Court should constantly monitor it in order to
expedite the process.
On Communal Violence in Aligarh:
The MMM deplores the recent
communal violence in Aligarh which led to the loss of 12 lives and feels
that a sensitive and impartial administration could have reconciled the
inter-communal differences or at least maintained the status quo.
In view of the partiality of the
administration and the one-sided atrocities by the police, the MMM is
strongly of the view that the State
Government should immediately institute a judicial inquiry to restore the
confidence of the target community.
The MMM demands that the victims of
violence in Aligarh be compensated on par with the victims of Sikh
Disturbances in 1984.
At the same time it should make
every effort to urge district administrations all over the State to review
and try to resolve the standing communal disputes urgently, so that
communal forces do not exploit them on the eve of the election.
On West’s Dialogue with Iran:
The MMM welcomes the participation
of the USA alongwith the EU-3 in the dialogue between the IAEA and Iran to
resolve the Iran crisis. The MMM feels that since the USA is the real
interlocutor in the process, the dialogue should be held under the
auspices of the IAEA and that neither side should insist on any
pre-conditions. The MMM calls upon the UN Security Council to freeze the
item on its agenda till the dialogue comes to its conclusion. The
framework of the dialogue should respect the sovereign right of Iran to
develop uranium enrichment technology for power generation, with or
without foreign collaboration, under regular inspection by the IAEA so as
to assuage widespread concerns and apprehension about the application of
the enrichment technology to production of nuclear weapons.
The MMM is however of the view that
the UN Security Council should, in all fairness, take due notice of the
nuclear weapon status of Israel which has taken shelter under its
non-accession to the NPT. If UN Security Council and the Permanent Members
are indeed interested in preventing the slide of the region towards a
nuclear race, it cannot permit to cast its nuclear shadow over the region.
It must not only inquire into Israel’s nuclear weapon status because it
threatens regional and world peace but take effective steps for their
elimination in view of international guarantees for the security of
On Civil War on Iraq:
The MMM deplores and condemns
sectarian violence in Iraq which has assumed barbaric proportions and
considers that Iraq faces a greater peril today from the civil war than
from foreign occupation.
The MMM calls upon the Sunni and
Shia Arabs and the Kurds to extend their full cooperation to the national
government which will then have the political will to suppress private
militias and ask the occupation forces to fix a deadline to quit Iraq as
well as to reach a national agreement on the equitable division of
development resources among the three regions.
On Peace and Development in
The MMM expresses its sorrow at the
worsening situation in Afghanistan which also appears to be sliding
towards a resurgence of the civil war and the increasing military
intervention by the USA.
The MMM calls upon the Government
of Afghanistan to stop dependence on forces and occupation and foreign aid
and establish a sincere dialogue with the opposition elements to move
towards peace and stability.
The MMM calls upon the Government
to play every possible role in view of our age old friendship with the
Afghan people in the restoration of peace in this war-torn land and for
promotion of its development.
On Bilateral Negotiation between
Israel and Palestine For Final Settlement:
The MMM considers it
anti-democratic and outrageous that the defiant and valiant people of
Palestine are being starved into compliance with Israel’s plan to reduce
the proposed Palestinian State to a shadowy illusion, for committing the
‘crime’ of electing Hamas to power. The MMM calls upon all
Member-States of the UN to respect the inalienable right of the
Palestinian people to have a government of their choice and continue all
possible aid as committed.
The MMM is of the considered view
that if the UN and the US press Israel to agree eventually to vacate the
Arab-Occupied Territories, including East Jerusalem, withdraw the illegal
Jewish settlements from the West Bank and to hold negotiations on final
settlement with the Hamas government without any pre-conditions, the Two
State Solution to the Palestinian Problem can be realized, with the
security of both States facing each other guaranteed internationally and
protected by UN military presence on the border, and all other outstanding
issues can also be resolved equitably. The MMM is confident that the
people of Palestine desire peace, once the final settlement negotiations
begin in right earnest, mutual recognition and normal relations will also
The MMM, however, expresses its
apprehension that the present government of Israel will not agree to
withdraw military or civil presence in the West Bank to pre-1967 line or
to recognize an independent Palestine on equal and reciprocal terms, and
in that event, the armed struggle for liberation shall justifiably
continue, with all its tragedy and barbarity till it ultimately achieves
The MMM, therefore, calls upon the
people of Palestine not to break rank but agree to have a ceasefire and
engage in final settlement negotiations with Israel without any
preconditions under the Quartet Roadmap.
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