Independence Day Charter
the undersigned, reflecting the concerns and aspirations of sixteen crores
[160 million] Muslim citizens of the country, issue the following Charter
on the 58th Independence Day of India.
demand the government to strive to establish the Akhanda Bharat by
reuniting the geography and populations that were divided off. A United
India alone can bring peace, prosperity and harmony in the poverty ridden
South Asia. The division of India had truncated the patriotic Muslim
community of India who held on to their beloved land in spite of the
violence unleashed on them by the Hindu communal fringe. The division of
Indian Muslims has reduced us into a small minority and left us in
perpetual torment and turned us into a new Panchama caste by the
post-Independent political dispensation. We call for the reversal of the
Partition that was inflicted to serve the interest of some feudal Muslim
leaders and the Hindutwa elements.
call upon the government to treat the people of Kashmir as its full
citizens and provide them development, employment, unqualified democracy
and the right to assert human self dignity, and stop alienating them
through State violence. We call upon the Muslims of Kashmir to isolate
those who generate violence at the behest of foreign powers, and not ever
to desert the Indian Muslims fraternity.
political order of the past 58 years has thrown Muslims, as a community,
to the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid and to extreme
disenfranchisement. As a means to rescue Muslims from this abyss, we urge
the government to provide proportionate reservation for Muslims in all
systems of governance and in the private sector. Multiculture as opposed
to monoculture promotes excellence in governance as well as in industrial
production. We urge the government to give up the habit of filling the
judiciary with upper caste judges who take a consistently hostile position
towards reservation for the under-represented communities and towards the
poor in general. Don’t attempt to mask the rainbow that is India.
government must stop the practice of setting up more police stations in
Muslim areas than schools and colleges. We demand the setting up of 1000
new schools and 100 new colleges in Muslim majority areas during the term
of this government. The government spending on education and health care
must not be reduced to provide welfare for the corporate sector. Funding
for education could also be sourced from the escalating defense budget.
The nation cannot have a better weapon than educated citizens, especially
demand the immediate prosecution of all the anti-Indian tyrants who
perpetrated the pogrom in Gujarat. A compensation of Rs 5 lakhs each
should be provided to the victims’ families immediately. We deplore UPA
government, that came to power encashing the murder of Muslims in Gujarat,
for its inaction on the genocide.
demand speedy action to provide justice to the victims of the anti-Muslim
riots of Bhivandi, Moradabad, Maliana and Mumbai. That the criminals are
not punished yet glaringly proves the mockery of the delivery system for
justice that we have in place.
appeal to the Election Commission to de-recognise the BJP as a political
party since it is not an independent party capable of making its own
decisions but dictated by the fascist outfit RSS. Further, BJP has proven
that it is not accountable to its membership but to RSS, an organisation
run in a fascist manner with a doctrinal opposition to democracy and
demand an unconditional apology from Mr Manmohan Singh for betraying our
freedom struggle and insulting our martyrs by praising the British
colonialists for their ruthless occupation and exploitation of our nation.
We also demand that a suitable memorial be built in honour of Bahadur Shah
Zafar, who was the only King appointed by the people of India and who was
mercilessly exiled to Burma by the invading forces.
beg the Brahminical media, such as Indian Express, to give us a respite.
As the most deprived section of the society we are unequally placed to
fight you back. Allow us some time for some education and development and
then you can resume your harangue.
renew our resolve on this Day to struggle for the creation of an India
free from discrimination, obscene inequality, poverty, illiteracy,
superstitions, caste hegemony and violence.
Rahman, Al Nisa Collective,
Bashir, Pan India Muslim Forum,
Ibrahim, Shabab E Hind, Chennai
15 August 2005 «
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