Resolutions of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat
Resolutions of 10th Meeting of the Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat held at New Delhi on 9 June, 2007
New Delhi, 9 June, 2007:
1. On Mass Mobilisation in favour of Charter of Demands related to Sachar Report:
The MMM of the AIMMM expresses its dissatisfaction with the decisions of the Central government on the recommendation of the Sachar Report, which more or less block the road to any rapid, visible uplift of the Muslim community and makes no advance on the PM’s New 15 Point Programme and the Budget 2007.
The MMM feels that the fear of Hindu backlash has frozen the government into inaction, or atleast limited it to token gestures or long term plans. The MMM is strongly of the view that this fear is misplaced because the Hindu masses are essentially secular and committed to social justice.
The MMM considers that all universal development schemes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan can be implemented on a war footing in all Muslim areas, the benefits of other Central or Centrally sponsored development and welfare schemes can reach all Muslims all over the country in proportion to their population in the zone of distribution and that a Muslim Sub-Plan can be carved out of the plan outlay, on the lines of the Sub-Plans for the SC & the ST.
The AIMMM welcomes the formation of the Joint Committee of Muslim Organisations, endorses the Common Charter of Demands formulated by it and supports its programme of mass mobilisation to pressurise the Government to take urgent steps for the uplift of the Community.
2. On Recommendations of Mishra Commission for Reservation for Muslims:
The MMM of the AIMMM considers that the reported recommendation of the Mishra Commission for 15% reservation for the minorities, with 10% exclusively for Muslims, and for deletion of the religious pre-condition in the Constitution (Scheduled Caste) Order of 1950 constitute positive steps towards Social Justice. The MMM calls upon the secular parties, particularly the Dalit organisations and Dalit based political parties to support these recommendations and to demand a raise in the SC quota on the basis of Census, 2001.
The MMM also demands that the government should now declare the Muslim Community, as a community, a Backward Class under Article 15(4) of the Constitution and provide it with a separate quota, as in Karnataka.
3. On Formation of the BSP Government in UP:
The MMM of the AIMMM welcomes the formation of the BSP Government in UP and reiterates its expectation that this Government shall address the genuine grievances and fulfil the legitimate aspirations of the Muslim Community on a priority basis.
The MMM also welcomes the concept of Sarva Samaj propounded by Mayawatiji and hopes that the Muslim Community, which forms 18.5% of the State population and which is almost as backward as the SC’s, shall be recognised as an OBC, with a sub-quota of 15% in public employment, educational facilities, distribution of benefits of welfare and development schemes and flow of bank credit at all operational levels in proportion to its population in the area of distribution.
The MMM suggests to the state government to seek a suitable raise in the reservation limit of 50% to accommodate all the OBC’s in the state in proportion to their population and level of backwardness.
4. On Proposed Amendment to the Constitution to define ‘Minority
The MMM of the AIMMM considers the move for amendment to the Constitution or the promulgation of an Act to define the term’ minority’ as ill conceived, unnecessary and inadvisable. The MMM feels that the term ‘minority which is well understood in human parlance, nationally and internationally and has been extensively used since the days of the freedom struggle, leaves no ambiguity
The MMM, however, proposes that in view of continental dimension of the country, its quasi-federal set up, its multi level governance and the dispersal of minorities at every level all over the country. The Central Government may issue an Executive Direction by the Central Government to all authorities which receive development and welfare funds from it to identify minorities, religious, cultural, ethnic or caste by enumeration at every level of governance to ensure that they receive their due share in development benefits in proportion to their population in the unit area and the constituencies of their concentration are not reserved for others in elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions.
The AIMMM takes note of the fact that as for the educational rights of the Minorities under Article 29 and 30 of the Constitution, the Minorities are being identified in relation to their share in the population of the country or of the state in accordance with the statute, which governs the educational facility
5. On CBI Investigation of Hyderabad Bomb Blast and Judicial Inquiry of Police Firing:
The MMM appreciates the transfer of investigation of the Bomb Blast in Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad, by the Government of AP to the CBI and expresses the hope that the CBI shall, interalia, probe possible involvement of Hindu terrorist organisations instead of focussing exclusively on Muslim ‘terrorists’ and their Pakistani connections.
The MMM also appreciates the appointment by the Government of AP of a separate judicial Commission of Inquiry in respect of the brutal police firing on the victims of the Bomb Blast. It demands that the state government appoint more Muslims in the AP Police, its armed constabularies and special battalions and post composite teams in all Police Stations in Muslim concentration areas, in order to inspire confidence of the Muslim Community.
6. On National Observance of 150th Anniversary of 1857 Uprising:
The MMM of the AIMMM expresses its shock and anguish that the central government refrained from making any move at the diplomatic level for transfer of the last remains of Bahadur Shah Zafar, titular head of our First War of independence in 1857 to Delhi, under pressure from communal forces.
The MMM is also pained by the general play-down of the role of the Muslim martyrs and freedom fighters in 1857, as well as in the pre 1857 and post 1857 phases, and calls upon the government to make necessary amends, when official history is re-written.
7. On Need for Urgent Amendment in Wakf Act 1995:
The MMM of the AIMMM urges the Ministry of Minority Affairs to expedite appropriate amendments to the Wakf Act, 1995, in order to make the Wakf Boards more representative and responsive and to empower them to protect the Wakf properties, to raise their income and to mandate the wakf estates to utilise their surplus for educational and social uplift of the community.
In particular, the MMM calls for the grant of ‘public premises’ status to Public Wakfs to facilitate removal of unlawful occupation and their exemption from rent control and land ceiling laws.
The MMM also requests the Ministry of Minority Affairs to cancel the unlawful notification of 2002 for trifurcation of the Punjab Wakf Board and also the misconceived notification relating to the acquisition of 123 Wakf properties in Delhi identified by the Burney Committee.
8. On Investigation of all Cases of Fake Encounters etc. by a SIT of the CBI:
The MMM of the AIMMM proposes for urgent consideration by the National Human Rights Commission, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Hon’ble. Supreme Court that all cases of suspected extra-judicial killing or fake encounters or involuntary disappearances should be investigated by a Special Investigation Team of the CBI, and placed before Special CBI Courts for prosecution.
9. On Emergence of Muslim Alternatives to secular parties in Malegaon and Bhiwandi
The MMM of the AIMMM has taken note of the results of the municipal elections in Malegaon and Bhiwandi in which newly formed Muslim parties have shown spectacular results and their representatives stand a chance of being elected as Mayors.
The MMM, however, cautions these bodies to maintain friendly relations with secular parties, and not permit themselves to be exploited by communal parties like the BJP or the Shiv Sena, which are basically anti Muslim.
10. On USA’s Political pressure on Iran:
The MMM of the AIMMM appreciates the warning administered by the Foreign Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee, during his visit to Iran, to the West in general and USA in particular, not to use coercive measures to stop Iran’s Uranium enrichment programme which is an essential step towards the development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
11. On USA’s War against Islam:
The MMM regrets that the US Congress, instead of pruning the wings of President Bush, has sanctioned $ 100 billion to the US Administration for prolonging its occupation of Iraq and supporting NATO operations in Afghanistan, and for launching a surprise attack on Iran. The MMM calls for immediate withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, of NATO forces from Afghanistan and for lifting the air and naval siege against Iran.
The MMM appreciates the call by the Shia leader, Imam Muqtada Sadr for Shia-Sunni unity, end to civil war and notice of Iraqi government to the USA to withdraw its forces
12. On Disunity in Palestinian Ranks:
The MMM reiterates its appeal to Hamas and Al-Fateh to revive and implement the Mecca Agreement and form an effective national government to deal with Israel, to struggle against Israel’s continued occupation of the West Bank & Jerusalem to stop its repeated attacks on Palestinian territory and to force it into formal negotiation, for withdrawal from the Occupied Arab Territory and for respecting the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.
13. On Developments in Pakistan:
The MMM of the AIMMM expresses its anguish at the critical situation developing in Pakistan, which may lead to a constitutional breakdown, with confrontation between various political forces, postponement of national elections and continuance of unmasked military rule, which shall all go against the general aspiration of the Pakistani people for peace, progress and development and take Pakistan back to square one.
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