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Issue Dated: December 26, 2010
Tags : Muslim | country | India | Arindam Chaudhuri | Mohammed Adeeb |

The Indian Muslims are facing the issues of identity, security and representation. Perhaps they feel insecure and this sense of insecurity drives them to live in ghettos. But it’s a fact that hundred per cent of them want to see their country prosper,” said Union Minister Ajay Maken while speaking at the seminar on the topic “Indian Muslims: Integrated or Alienated” organised by The Sunday Indian, at Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi on December 10. Maken emphasised the need of proportional representation of all communities in all fields for a healthy democracy. Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri, Editor-in-chief, TSI, said the Indian Muslims feel alienated because they are often discriminated against. “It is a fact, they are discriminated against. Sometimes injustice is done with them.” He emphasised that the government should take steps to provide Muslims with better health and education facilities and more opportunities in employment to make all the difference to their lives and to the country.
Mohammed Adeeb, who presided over the seminar said, “No community is as patriotic as Indian Muslims are because they chose to live here when many of their close relatives migrated to Pakistan.” Praising the survey published by TSI Zafar Agha said the survey had broken several myths regarding Indian Muslims. “After Sachar Committee report, this survey has presented the real picture of the Indian Muslims,” he said. Zafar Mehmood stressed the need of creating awareness among the Muslims about various government schemes under the PM’s 15-point programme for the welfare of minorities. The other eminent speakers at the seminar were Sidharth Mishra, Shahid Siddiqui, Kamal Farooqui Salamatullah and Arvind Mohan. People from all walks of life attended the Seminar. 

What they said...
the eminent speakers enlightened the audience with their views

Mohammed Adeeb Member, Rajya Sabha.
Despite repeated instances of violence and oppression, Indian Muslims never think of leaving this country. They have never queued up at foreign embassies for visa even in most unfavourable circumstances.

Zafar Agha Veteran journalist and columnist.
 After the Sachar Committee report this survey has presented the real picture of the Indian Muslims. The Sunday Indian and its Editor-in-Chief Arindam Chaudhuri deserve accolades  for getting this survey done and then publishing it. The survey has broken several myths about the Indian Muslims and about what they think.

Salamatullah Former chairman, Central Haj Committee.
The biggest problem of the Muslims in India is that they are usually treated just as the vote banks who can easily be forgotten after the elections are over. And they have repeatedly been forgotten this way.

Ajay Maken Union Minister of State for Home Affairs.
Perhaps Indian Muslims feel insecure to some extent and this sense of insecurity confines them to ghettos. In this way they are cut off from the mainstream. But it’s a fact that hundred per cent of them want to see their country prosper.

Shahid Siddiqui Editor, Nai Duniya (Urdu) and former parliamentarian.
The hopes and aspirations of Indian Muslims are not different from the rest of the Indians. And all the Muslims do not think alike at any given time. Why, they are just normal human beings and not an alien, strange entity.

Zafar Mahmood Former bureaucrat and president, Zakat Foundation.
The madrasas are better left alone. Once the Muslims are assured sincerely that the government would not buy their madrasas off from them by pumping money, they would automatically come forward join the mainstream.

Arvind Mohan Executive Editor, Amar Ujala.
The present survey published by TSI is better than the Sachar Committee report because while the latter only dwelt on the backwardness of the Muslims, this survey also shows some positive trends among the Muslim community.

Sidharth Mishra Associate Editor, The Pioneer. 
The Indian Muslims are Indians first and Muslims later. It’s really disturbing that despite all efforts on our part to inculcate secular values in our children, they somehow become conscious of the communal divide in the society.

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