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Indian Muslim Mushawarat deliberates on milli, national and international issues

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BJP-NDA government, Muslim issues ,Corruption, Election reforms, Fresh Bodo violence, Rehabilitation of uprooted and displaced persons, Akshardham acquittals, Waqfs, Communal riots, Fake encounters, Boko Haram / Da’ish

New Delhi, 14 June, 2014: The Central Working Committee (Majlis-e Amla) of the All India Muslim Majlis-e Musahwarat, the umbrella body of Indian Muslim organisations, met here on Saturday, 14 June under the chairmanship of the national President Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan and attended by the following members: Janab Mohammad Jafar, Vice-president, Janab Ahmad Rashid Shervani, Secretary General, Prof. Mohammad Sulaiman and Mufti Atur Rahman Qasmi, General Secretaries, Janab SMY Nadeem, Janab Nusrat Ali, Janab Abdul Khaliq, Janab Shees Idrees Taimi and Janab Amanullah Khan.

ALL INDIA MUSLIM MAJLIS-E-MUSHAWARAT ALL INDIA MUSLIM MAJLIS-E-MUSHAWARAT  [Umbrella body of the Indian Muslim organisations]

This was the second meeting of the Working Committee this year.

The AIMMM Working Committee deliberated on organisational, milli, national and international issues. The meeting remembered important personalities of the community who departed after the last meeting of AIMMM, offered condolences to their families and the millat and prayed for them, especially  MAULANA MUHAMMAD ABDUL QAIYYUM, former secretary of Jamaat-e Islami Hindi and former general secretary of AIM Majlis Mushawarat during 2000-2004, died in Aurangabad on 3 June; HAKEEM IQBAL AHMAD, founder and owner of Delhi's Hamdam Dawakhana, afamous unani physician, who died in Delhi on 15 April; A. R. KARDAR, noted dramatist and playwright died in Delhi after a prolonged illness on 18 April at the age of 74 years; MAULANA ABDUL QADIR ZIANUDDIN ALFAROOQI, noted religious scholar,

author of dozens of books, head of Nadwatul Mujahideen, state unit (Kerala) of Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e Hadees died on 3 May at the age of 82 years; IQBAL AHMAD ADVOCATE of Lucknow died on 1 May. He was chairman of F.I. Hospitals group. He was associated with Lucknow's Anjuman Islahul Muslimeen;SYED ZAMEER HASAN DEHLVI, Urdu writer and compiler died in Delhi on 16

May at the age of 74 years. He was a chronicler of Delhi's old life style, language, history etc. and

BEGUM FARZANA AHMADdied in a New Delhi hospital on 18 April, at the age of 97 years. She was the widow of late Islam Ahmad, IG Police of Uttar Pradesh and daughter-in-law of Allahabad High Court Chief Justice Iqbal Ahmad and daughter of Deputy Abdul Ghani Ansari who was Dy. Commissioner of Lucknow in pre-Partition days. Among her sons is former MP Akbar Ahmad Dumpy.

The meeting also remembered and prayed for the soul of MUKUL SINHA, a plasma physicist turned human rights activist, lawyer and messiah of victims of Gujarat's 2002 massacre, died of cancer in Ahmadabad on 12 May.

The meeting deliberated on milli, national and international issues. It discussed Mushawarat’s response to the post-election political scenario as well as the preparations for the AIMMM’s golden jubilee next August. The meeting passed the following resolutions:

BJP-NDA government

While respecting the mandate BJP-NDA have received from the Indian voters, AIMMM wishes to remind the new government that it will be judged by fulfilling its promises of inclusive development and good governance, that it will treat all Indians equally and take care of the minorities and weaker sections. AIMMM and Muslims of India will contribute and cooperate with this government in the implementation of the inclusive and equitable agenda. At the same time, AIMMM cautions this government to refrain from raking up non-productive and divisive issues like uniform civil code, Art. 370 or the Ram Mandir issue which will lead to civil unrest and violence which in turn will retard progress and development of India.

Muslim issues

Welcoming the BJP-NDA government’s declaration to take care of the minorities, AIMMM wishes to remind the government that as per Sachar Report, the Muslim community suffers from acute backwardness which requires special attention so that the 200-million-strong community is enabled to play its positive role in the development and progress of the country. We take this opportunity to place before the government the current basic concerns of the Muslim community as under:

1.   Holistic implementation of the Sachar recommendations;

2.   Implementation of the Misra Commission report recommending reservation for minorities;

3.   Enactment of the Prevention of Communal & Targeted Violence (Access to Justice & Reparations) Bill because without such a law the government’s declared determination of checking communal riots will not see fruition.

4.   Inclusion of the Dalit Muslims and Dalit Christians in the ambit of reservation for SCs under Art. 341.

5.   Repeal of UAPA which has proved to be as cruel and unjust as the previous POTA and TADA terror laws. The acquittal of hundreds of terror-accused Muslim youth proves the utter misuse of this law.

6.   (a) Release on bail of all terror-accused youth against whom chargesheets are not filed within the stipulated 180 days;

(b) Provision of fast-track courts chaired by judges, who are not burdened by other cases,  to try the accused who are languishing in jails for years;

(c) Establish a screening committee to look into all terror cases as done earlier in TADA cases;

(d) payment of uniform and equitable compensation to all persons acquitted in terror cases;

(e) dismissal and prosecution of all officers who are proved to have implicated innocent persons by falsifying evidence and securing confession through torture.

7.   De-reserve Muslim-dominated constituencies which are unjustly reserved for SCs.

8.   Ensure a sub-plan for the Muslim minority at par with the sub-plan for the SCs/STs in the budget.

9.   Return all Waqf properties occupied by government or non-government organisations or persons;

10. Promote Urdu language which belongs to the common Indian heritage and allow Urdu-medium schools wherever a sizeable proportion of local population demands it;

11. Allow ethical, or Islamic, banking and finance facilities in line with the recommendation of the Ragahuram Raja Committee on Financial Reforms.

 

Corruption

Corruption and communalism are the two big challenges facing our country. As a result of civil society agitation, now there is a consensus at last about the need to fight and root out corruption. AIMMM feels that BJP-NDA, which have benefited from the popular aversion of corruption and scams that marred UPA-II, should learn the lesson and make an all-out effort to stamp out this scourge. Lokpal Bill should be implemented in letter and spirit without  any tinkering by the new rulers. Public and media too should keep an eye on the new regime which in its previous incarnation was infamous for scams and corruption. Massive use of black money, supplied by the corporates to a particular party during the election, should make civil society extra cautious about the behaviour of the new rulers.

 

Election reforms

The results of the just concluded general elections have exposed the inherent inequity of the first-past-the-pole system adopted in our country in which the voice of the majority of voters in any constituency is wasted and goes unheard. It is time the country adopts the equitable Proportional Representation system under which every vote counts and every party is allotted seats in proportion to the votes polled by it nationally. A new revised Election Law should also clearly bar candidates using money, musle and hate to polarise voters and win elections.

 

Fresh Bodo violence

While many of the half million Muslims displaced by the Bodo violence of August 2012 are yet to return to their homes and lands alongwith many Muslims displaced in earlier bouts of violence in Assam, fresh violence by armed Bodo militants in early May this year has displaced around 50,000 Muslims from the Bodo (BTAD) areas with at least 50 Muslims murdered by the armed Bodo extremists who want to attain majority in BTAD areas by expelling others. While reiterating its demand for the early repatriation of all displaced Muslims of BTAD areas to their homes and lands, AIMMM reiterates its rejection of the Bodo Accord of 2003 which has given the 29 percent Bodos superiority over all others living in that area. This accord is against the spirit of the Indian constitution and democracy and, therefore, should be repealed so that every inhabitant of the area enjoys equal democratic and political rights.

 

Rehabilitation of uprooted and displaced persons

AIMMM welcomes and supports the rehabilitation of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits but cautions that they should be returned to their original places in the Valley instead of being housed in special new townships which will limit their interaction with the Valley’s population. AIMMM demands a uniform policy in this regard which must include repatriation of all uprooted people, especially in Gujarat and Assam, to their original homes and lands. Moreover, the compensation package in all such cases must be uniform.

 

Akshardham acquittals

On 16 May, Supreme Court acquitted seven persons convicted in the 2002 Akshardham attack case including four who were given death sentences by lower courts. While doing so the Supreme Court two-judge bench passed strictures on Gujarat police and administration and observed that the then Gujarat Home Minister did not apply his mind while permitting the prosecution of the accused. Later, on 6 June, Gujarat POTA court acquitted another two persons accused in the same case. All of these innocent persons have spent over a decade in prisons for no reason except inaptitude and/or communal bias of the police and concerned authorities. While AIMMM reiterates its demand for a high-level commission to probe all incidents of terror since 2001, it also demands payment of adequate compensation to all such acquitted victims of the sham “war on terror” started by the previous BJP-NDA regime. The formula for payment of compensation must be uniform in all such cases.

 

Waqfs

Preservation of the Waqf properties across India and putting them to best use according to the wishes of those who made these endowments remains a basic duty of the Waqf boards. In a follow-up of the Waqf Act of 2013, Government of India should carry out a comprehensive survey of all Waqf properties and place it in the public domain. As a next step, the Central and state governments should return all Waqf properties encroached upon by them and also take steps to free all Waqf properties occupied by private persons. In this context, AIMMM wishes to remind the Union and Delhi state governments to honour their commitment at the earliest and return the 123 Waqf properties to the Delhi Waqf Board as per the notification of 3 March, 2014.

 

Communal riots

The country is witnessing a spate of riots since the advent of the BJP-NDA rule which seems to have emboldened communal elements so much so that one such outfit lynched a Muslim techie in Pune on 2 June only because he sported a bared and skull-cap. Failure to curb such lawless forces will only doom the new dispensation.

 

Fake encounters

Attempts to close the Ishrat Jahan case and rehabilitation of a tainted officer like G. L. Singhal are sending a wrong message about the intentions of the new government. AIMMM demands that no attempt should be made to thwart justice and rule of law. If a wrong message is sent, rogue officers may re-start their fake encounter killings.

 

Boko Haram / Da’ish

AIMMM condemns outfits like Boko Haram in Western Africa and ISIS (Dai’sh) in Iraq/Syria which are extremist neo-Kharij’ite movements. Their insane acts of violence not only alienate people from Islam, they also provide an excuse to foreign powers to meddle and intervene in the affairs of Muslim counties and societies. Indian Muslims should be alert to any such message being spread in our midst and nip it in the bud.

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Note: Photos of this meeting are available here.

Issued at New Delhi on 14 June 2014 by
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