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19 June 2012

Kashmiris Intellectually Superior: ZFI Chief Syed Zafar Mahmood

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Says, Indian Muslims Face Discrimination

Srinagar: A former top officer of a high-level prime minister’s committee on Sunday made a strong pitch for Kashmiris to bid for the Indian civil services in a big way owing to their “intellectual superiority.”

President, Zakat Foundation of India and former OSD for the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on ‘Sachar Committee', Syed Zafar Mahmood said that that the Muslim minority in India were facing “a step-motherly treatment from the GOI” on various fronts.

Calling Kashmiris as ‘Saffron of Indian Muslims’, who according to him can prove a vibrant inspiration of ‘change’ among the Indian Muslims, he said that the recommendations of Sachar Committee for the upliftment of the Indian Muslims were not implemented because of weak representation of Muslims at different bureaucratic and administrative spheres.

“The recommendations by Sachar committee to Government of India for the social, economic and educational upliftment of Indian Muslims have gone to deaf ears.
It’s eating dust. Because no one among the government seems to be bothered about Indian Muslims.

Secondly non-Muslim bureaucrats sitting at different levels were not serious in implementing them for the welfare of Muslims,” Zafar said, while addressing the civil service orientation program organized by Zakat Foundation of India and its sister concern Sir Syed Coaching and Guidance Center here.

“We met the PM, several other ministries and even Sonia JI, but nothing has been happening. The reasons are very much clear to all of us- They don’t want to apply the recommendations. Even several civil society groups presented the papers regarding the failure of the Sacher Committee report but nothing productive happened,” he said.

“God has bestowed you with the highest intellectual level, so you need to appear in civil service examinations in large number so as to be representatives of their own community as well as whole Indian Muslim community,”

He said that a larger participation is needed to penetrate into the decision making bodies in India. He also cautioned the Indian Muslims to remain conscious about the long term consequences of their less bureaucratic representation.

“During last five years I have observed that Kashmiri students possess superior intellect as compared to students in rest of India. Their position among whole Indian student community is like the status of Saffron among the whole range of spices,” said Zafar.

“If you don’t have a satisfactory representation in the bureaucracy of the country, don’t expect anything productive for yourself. So we need to work consciously check the worsening state of Muslims,” Zafar said.

He informed that this year civil services result showed that out of 910 selected candidates only 29 were Muslim and given their proportion of 13.4% of total Indian population their number should have been 123. This is because only 1200 Muslims candidates had appeared in the examination in whole India.

It may be recalled here, The Rajinder Sachar Committee, appointed in 2005 by the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, was commissioned to prepare a report on the social, economic and educational condition of the Muslim community of India, which presented its report in Lok Sabha on November 30, 2006.

The report said that the status of Indian Muslims are below the conditions of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and the overall percentage of Muslims in bureaucracy in India is just 2.5 % whereas Muslims constitute above 14% of Indian population. The committee also proposed multiple suggestions to be adopted with suitable mechanisms in order to ensure equity and equality of opportunities to Indian Muslims in residential, work and educational sector.

Zafar called the Central Government’s plan to hold direct recruitment of 1400 new IPS officers as against the interest the Muslims, saying “under a hidden agenda it was a step towards worsening the conditions of Indian Muslims”.

“The percentage of Muslims in IPS will go further decrease because of this move. This is because in the armed forces the percentage of Muslims is even lower than in IPS. The Muslim situation at the level of Deputy Superintendents of Police is no better,” he said.

He said under this proposal, the UPSC will conduct a limited departmental examination in which only the Deputy Superintendents of Police and Major, Captain level officers of the defense forces will be allowed to participate.

He however said Zakat foundations has wrote to different forums and filed some RTI applications in the home ministry at other places In this regard, saying ZFI has been able to build pressure on the Central Government to take its proposal back and substantial success had been achieved in this matter.

Reacting to Mehmood’s concern over the less participation of Kashmiris in the prestigious civil service exams, one of the Invitees, Dr Rizwan Alam Thakur, who is currently heading, department of management and Information science, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia, said “Kashmir is a decades old dispute and this becomes one of the reasons for the young Kashmiris not to opt for the Indian civil service here”. Mehmood reacted to this by saying “Kashmir is an Integral part of India”.

(Courtesy: Kashmir Observer)

1 comment:

  1. such a blatant bigotry and no one accuses him of it....
    ok let me be another such bigot.....
    kashmiri are more intellectually superior because they are converted from brahmins....hahahha ....now accuse me of racism and casteism you idiots...

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