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Published On:26 December 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Open Letter to Indian Muslims

Instead of self-bashing and defeatist mindset, Muslims should shape their destiny

Dear Muslim Brothers & Sisters,

This refers to my article published on December 21, 2012 in the Online News Portal Indian Muslim Observer titled "Gujarat 2012 Elections: Narendra Modi’s electoral victory due to cowardice of Muslims and a comment on it by Mohammed Akram. During human rights activities, in my discussion with various Muslim leaders of different fields, I get an impression that Muslim community seem to have lost faith in their future, especially given the perceived discrimination against them by Hindu Majority India. There may be some or rather substantial truth in this defeatist attitude of important people of Muslim community, but I believe that no community becomes great by enumerating its problems or through self-bashing, but by finding solutions to these problems. Keeping this spirit in view I suggest the following :-

(1.) Without indulging in customary formal praise, I submit with conviction (out of my even very brief contact with Quran Sharif) that first and foremost, Muslims should not forget that they have biggest asset (Islam) with sanctity of currency and anti – interest (anti - Usury) Islamic sentiments in addition to what I said in my December, 21 article (in IOM with title "Gujarat 2012 Elections : Narendra Modi's electoral victory due to cowardice of Muslims") that Islam is the only religion on this earth which expects its followers not be afraid of any body (including the temporal authorities) and shows the path to Muslims, how to keep the spirit high by treading the path of justice and humanity.

(2.) Secondly, Muslims should also use their social, political and religious leadership in the wider interests of Indian Muslim. Though these Muslim leaders have grossly neglected the interests of Indian Muslims (as I also mentioned in my December, 21 article) but Muslims should not forget that these leaders also follow Islam (may be even inadequately) and they are quite capable people who should be utilized for the benefit of Indian Muslims. Moreover theses Muslim leaders will also like to be used in an exalted way for the benefit of Indian Muslims.

(3.) Thirdly, to start this mission Muslims should launch (i)- Human Right NGO [may be with name 'Insani Haquq' (IH) or with any other name] and (ii)- Islamic Health & Education Institutions (IHEI) on the basis of ‘capital on charity’ ( with shares of charity as in public limited companies) & ‘revenue from fees’ - with one mission in mind that Indian Muslims shall provide leadership & road-map for the betterment of India which even majority community Hindus are finding difficult to provide (with no sarcasm intended) and which has brought our country to such pathetic condition.

(4.) Though membership of IH can be open to every Indian but its membership will be restricted in the sense that it will be approved by National Executives of IH (or under its delegated powers by other bodies of IH). In addition to Society Act, the IH shall be registered with NHRC (as Core Group of NGO) and UNHRC too for ECOSOC status. The Registered / Head office of IH can be any where in India (preferably in Delhi).

(5.) Similarly membership of IHEI can also be open to every Indian but its membership will be restricted in the sense that it will be approved by National Executives of IHEI (or under its delegated powers by other bodies of IHEI).

(6.) To start this mission, the IH should first take up Human Rights related Court cases regarding Gujarat 2002 & Delhi 1984 massacre (mainly related to 130 & 131 CrPC which have not been taken-up so far as explained in my December, 21 article) and rehabilitation of hundreds of thousands of Displaced Kashmiri Pundits (DKP).

(7.) It does not require a genius of political science to understand that the rehabilitation of DKP will not only be according to the tenets of Islam (humanity and justice) but it will boost the stock of Indian Muslims in the reckoning of entire national and international community and will go a long way in improving the condition of Indian Muslims in every way.

(8.) Simultaneously IH should organize & work for the workers of NREGP in the interest of human rights as per Article 25 of 'The Universal Declaration of Human Rights' (UDHR) which reads as (i) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. (ii) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

(9.) It goes without saying that another highly important strength of Islam, the Institutions of Wakf & Zakat should also be commissioned for the help of IH and IHIE.

(10.) To formally launch the IH & IHEI their founding ‘general body meeting’ should immediately be called.

If IH and / or IHEI think that I can be of some assistance to these then I am prepared to come to Delhi (or any where) any time and prepared to work for them for rest of my life.

Yours truly

Hem Raj Jain
(Author of 'Betrayal of Americanism')

Richfield, Minnesota – 55423, USA, Ph: 612-202-4053

Presently at – S/72, Maya Indraprasth, J P Nagar Ph VI th, Bangaluru - 560078, India, Ph:- 080 - 41144997, 7829074704

[Hem Raj Jain is a prominent human rights and civil rights activist. He can be contacted at jainhemraj59@gmail.com]

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