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12 July 2012

'White paper on state of Indian Muslims needed'

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Pune: Former chief justice of the Delhi high court and civil rights activist Rajinder Sachar has said that the Union government needs to come out with a white paper on the prevailing social, economic and educational status of the Muslim community in the country.

Sachar, who headed a six-member committee appointed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2005, to prepare a report on the latest social, economic and educational condition of the Muslim community in India, was speaking at the Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society's (MCES) Azam campus here on Monday.

The committee proposed multiple suggestions in its report submitted in November 2006, to ensure equity and equality of opportunities to Indian Muslims in residential, work and educational sector. The report has since generated a widepsread debate among the political and social circles over the state of the Muslim community.

"The committee has done its job by highlighting the prevailing condition of the Muslim community in the country," said Sachar. It is now for the Union government to act on the report. A white paper on the issue will enable efforts at all levels to remove the backwardness of the community.

"The community need not harbour any sense of inferiority complex, negative approach and disappointment on the issue of their progress and being a part of the national mainstream," he added.

Sachar also called for the utilisation of the revenue generated from the vast tracts of land available with the Muslim waqf boards, for the purpose of the education of Muslim youth.
"Efforts are also needed to promote education of Muslim women in a big way," he said. "Nowhere does the holy Quran or Hadis state that women be denied education," he pointed out.
Earlier, MCES chairman P A Inamdar felicitated Sachar and highlighted the former judge's immense contribution towards the empowerment of the Muslim community.

Vice-chairman of MCES Abeda Inamdar, secretary Latif Maqdoom, S M Khan, E M Khan, Wahid Biyabani, Subhash Ware and S A Inamdar were among the prominent members of the academic society who attended the interactive session with Sachar. The teaching and non-teaching staff of Azam campus institutions were also present.

(Courtesy: The Times of India)

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