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Javed Jamil’s “Muslim Vision” released

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New Delhi: Noted Scholar, Dr Javed Jamil’s much awaited approach paper “Muslim Vision of Secular India: Destination & Roadmap” was unveiled on 21 May at the India Islamic Centre here. Releasing the document, K Rahman Khan, former Dy. Chairman, Rajya Sabha, described it as the first of its kind in the post-Independence era, which captures the Muslim vision of the country. He said that he had read a paper on the participation of Muslims in Corporate Sector authored by Dr Jamil, and was particularly impressed by his argument that Muslims being a large population of consumers must concentrate on entering the corporate sector in a big way. Khan said that Muslims in India are a country within country, and a population of 180 million requires a separate planning on the line of Planning Commission. By providing a comprehensive document covering every aspect of Muslim role in the country, Dr Jamil has given a historical document.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Law and Minority Affairs, Salman Khurshid described the event as historical. He said that Sachar Committee showed a part of the picture that was related to the government and Ranganathan Misra Commission made some suggestions. This vision document is an important addition because it focuses on the community effort. If the community has to develop, it will have to work itself for it. Raising a copy of the Muslim Vision document, he said that these are the kinds of the works that need to be appreciated and implemented. But he emphasized that the community must take the initiative itself.

Azeez Burney, renowned journalist, said that the scenario would change from today. Sachar Committee showed us the problem and Dr Jamil has given us the treatment. As a good physician, he said, Dr Jamil has not only diagnosed the disease but has also given us a wonderful prescription. He said that if the people sittig on the dais unite, this vision can turn into reality.

Mr Akhtarul Wasey, noted Islamic scholar, described the document as a historical piece of work which will end the confusion. We will not remain a “confused community” any more but will become a “community with vision”. He said that the condition of Muslims in India is like a 12th man, who is regarded a part of the team but has hardly any chance to show his mettle. The twelfth man becomes a man of injured psyche who keeps waiting for an injury to one of the 11 players in order to play.

Dr Javed Jamil said that Muslims need to look at their strengths and weaknesses from their own glasses and they have to plan in their own way keeping in mind their strengths and weaknesses. He said that Muslims must become a vibrant and dynamic community that must play a meaningful role in the country. He said that Muslims have three statuses. As a constitutional minority, they deserve all the rights guaranteed in the constitution. As an ideological ethnic group, they are the second largest majority and must learn the ways to act like it. They must be able to influence the direction of the national policy. The third status is that they are part of the deprived majority, and it is this status which required biggest emphasis. They must work for the deprived and must fight the forces of economics and their exploitative policies. He said that the document has 20 chapters including religious education, modern education, economic empowerment, health infrastructure, urban development, rural development, NGO sector, media and security. Overall, the document has suggested 170 measures. He said that even if one tenth of them are taken, a revolution will dawn in India.

Speakers included Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi, MP and Siraj Qureshi. The programme telecast live in parts on ETV Urdu.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 June 2012 on page no. 15

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