for Special Meeting of MMM, New Delhi,
15 January, 2010
1. Congress Strategy towards Muslim
The MMM profoundly regrets that the
proceedings of the Burari session of the India National Congress, the Speeches
and the Resolutions, give no indication that the party has reviewed is
electoral strategy towards the Muslims in context of the fact that the Hindu
high castes have largely shifted their loyalty towards the BJP, the OBCs &
SCs have developed their own parties in various regions and the Muslims despite
their increasing alienation remain its only loyal & dependable base.
keeping Muslim support, the speeches and resolutions have projected the rising
threat of Hindu Communalism but they have not cared to explain why the UPA
failed to take effective action to contain or counter it during its seven years
in power. They criticized Saffron Terrorism but brushed aside the idea of
banning the RSS whose parcharaks are now known to be involved in terrorist activities
and did not ask their government to investigate the manner, method and extent
of penetration of Sangh Parivar in administration, bureaucracy and armed
forces. They highlighted party commitment to Secularism but did not define it
in comprehensive terms, e.g including the basic requirement in a multi
-religious state that the state must maintain equidistance and the
administration must remain neutral in situations of inter-religious conflict.
They stressed the goal of inclusive development repeatedly but did not explain
why in seven years of UPA rule, there has been no visible or substantial change
in the condition of the Muslim community. They made no commitment to introduce
reservation for Muslims in keeping with the party’s past commitments, ignoring
that reservation is today on the top of the list of Muslim aspirations.
Deliberately they avoided any reference to the historic Justice Ranghnath
Mishra Report which has recommended, inter-alia, at last 10 % reservation for
What hurt Muslims most is that they equated
majority communalism and minority communalism which goes against ground reality
and ignores Jawahar Lal Nehru’s prophesy that majority communalism may take the
country towards fascism.
During the proceeding not one word of
criticism was uttered against the recent judgment of the Allahabad High Court
on title to the disputed site, against its invention of a new Hindu
jurisprudence, which deifies a presumed birth-site of a Hindu god, gives more
weight to religious faith and belief than to legal evidence, ignores the law of
the land and undermines the Constitution.
session recalled the services of Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, whom the Muslims
consider as much if not more responsible than the Sangh Parivar for the ‘national
shame’ of Demolition. The session also closed its eyes to the failure of the
UPA government to have the culprits punished.
The MMM deems it a
national duty to caution the Congress that,
as shown by the unprecedented Muslim voting for the NDA in Bihar
estimated at 30 %, the Community is no longer taken in by proclamations of old
commitments and repetition of old promises and has begun to look closely at the
performance of the Governments. The MMM is convinced that in future elections,
it will judge a party by its
translation of Secularism into Social Justice defined in terms of
reservation. The MMM therefore hopes that the Congress will not merely seek to
secure Muslim support by frightening the Muslims with projections of Hindu
Communalism & Saffron Terrorism and suggests that the party and the
government should maintain regular contact with Muslim leadership, recognize
the concerns of the Community, take all possible action to remove their
difficulties and grievances, allow debate & discussion in the Parliament,
at least once a year on the situation of minorities and at election time
field Muslim candidates in proportion to
their population, who are acceptable to the Community from Muslim winnable
MMM hopes that the Congress shall not only respond positively to the demands of
the Muslims and other deprived groups but give them appropriate representation
in its own organization at all levels.
2. On Total Silence in the
Parliament on Matters of Concern to Muslims.
The MMM has taken note
of the growing frustration in the Muslim community at the almost complete
silence in the Parliament on issues of concern to the Muslim community, so that
session after session passes without any Muslim grievance, problem or
aspiration being addressed or even brought up in the Parliament. The MMM feels
that this is to bound to alienate the Muslim community from the political order
and that their alienation can only weaken national solidarity & slow the
process of national integration.
MMM appeals to the leaders of all secular parties to instruct and encourage
their members in the Parliament to raise the legitimate concerns of the Muslim
community which come to their notice.
The MMM deems it the
duty of all Muslim members to raise such issues, as they represent not only
their constituency or the country as a whole, but, in a sense, the Muslim
community in India.
The MMM urges them to revive a Muslim
Parliamentary Group which will serve as a forum for mutual consultations and
interaction with Muslim organizations and institutions of national eminence and
reach a consensus on current issues of concern to the community and persuade all
sympathetic MPs in a planned to raise the problems faced by the Muslims in the
The MMM reiterates its
longstanding demand for the formation of permanent Parliamentary Committee for
the Welfare of Religious Minorities, on par with the existing Committee for SCs
& STs, which will monitor the implementation of government policies and
programmes for their development & welfare.
The MMM also suggests
that at least once a year each House should
discuss the Muslim Situation in the light of the annual reports of
various official and semi-official bodies & programmes, dealing exclusively
with Muslims, for example, the Central Waqf Council, the Maulana Azad
Educational Foundation, the National Minorities Finance and Development
Corporation, the Haj Committee, the Commission for Linguistic Minorities, the
National Commission for Minorities, the National Commission for Minority
Educational Institutions, the AMU, the JMI & the MANUU, the NCPUL and the
15 Point Programme of the P.M. for Minorities. Such discussion will enable the
Government to appreciate their current concerns as well as to make necessary
course corrections, in the larger interest of the nation.
3. On Progress of Appeal and Intervention
in the Supreme Court against the Allahabad
Verdict on Babri Masjid.
MMM of the AIMMM regrets to note that so far to the best of its knowledge, only
the UP Sunni Wakf Board and one faction of the JUH have filed appeals in the
Supreme Court; no appeal has been filed even by the key plaintiff Mr. Hashim
Ansari, nor has any Muslim organization of national eminence announced its firm
intervention to intervene. The MMM urges all Muslim as well as Secular
organizations & noted NGO’s to intervene.
The MMM also notes that
apart from the Congress advising the people to wait for the final verdict of
the Supreme Court, the UPA government has not examined the long-term constitutional
& ideological implications of the Allahabad verdict and has not so far
given any indication that it may approach the Supreme Court to reverse the
Allahabad verdict and advise the Allahabad High Court to form a fresh Bench to
determine the issue of title to the disputed site, strictly on legal grounds.
The MMM regrets that the Government
has interpreted the dignified silence of the Muslim community as acquiescence
and not taken any step to remove their growing disillusionment with and loss of
trust in the judicial system.
MMM has also noted that the Sangh Parivar as well as Hindu religious
organizations have begun to apply pressure on the Government to enact a law
& hand over the entire Acquired Area, including the disputed site, to them
for building the proposed Ram Temple. The MMM is strongly of the view that any
such transfer would violate the terms of acquisition & the road map drawn
by the Supreme Court in 1994 & the Government must reject the demand.
MMM has also noted that the recent Convention of the Indian National Congress
not only remained silent on the Demolition but even tried to retrieve the
former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao from the dustbin of history to which he has
been rightly consigned. The Convention also went on to advise the parties to
come to a settlement though negotiations, without making a reasonable proposal,
keeping in view that several negotiations at various levels, before
& after the Demolition, had failed, because the Mandir Movement leaders
wanted nothing short of total surrender
of the Babri Masjid by the Muslims. The MMM, therefore, rejects the call for
negotiated settlement, till the S.C. delivers its final verdict on the question
4. On Urdu Education
The MMM appreciates the
formulation of an Approach Paper for Urdu for the next Five Year Plan by the
National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language as well as the assurance by the
Minister of Human Resource Development to draw a Road Map for the progress of
Urdu. In this context the MMM emphasizes that the highest priority be given to
the introduction of Primary Education through the medium of Urdu to Urdu
speaking students whose mother tongue is Urdu and to the teaching of Urdu in
all states as the compulsory First language for such students upto class X,
under the Three Language Formula.
The MMM also suggests that for the other interested students Urdu should
be taught as an additional language in all schools, government or private.
The MMM requests the
Minister of Human Resource Development that the current status of Urdu in the
school curriculum at the primary & secondary level and the deviations from
the Three Language Formula and policy initiated by the Government in 1958 be
placed on the agenda of the Conference of Education Ministers which is being
The MMM also requests
that additional primary & secondary schools be established urgentlyin Urdu speaking areas, in accordance with national norm under the Sarva
Shiksha Abhiyan and the R.T.E. Act.
The MMM is convinced that Urdu cannot survive and be passed on to the
next generation, unless it is taught & learnt by the children.
5. On Integrity and Survival of
The MMM has noted that the All India
Organisation of Imams of Masjids is exerting pressure on the Government to make
budgetary provision to implement the misconceived and impracticable directive
of the Supreme Court for the payment of regular emoluments to the functionaries
of Masjids –Imams & Muezzin. This ruling was founded on misappreciation of
the status of Masjid and of Imam in the community and the presumption that all
Masjids, which are Waqfs by user, have equal resources in terms of Waqf
property to support them. Also, the surplus income of Waqf for one Masjid
cannot be used for another Masjid. The directive also ignores the fact that the
Waqf Boards do not receive any grant-in-aid from the state governments and can not even meet their
administrative expenses and therefore they are not in a position to pay the
functionaries of Masjids. Moreover, a government subsidy to Waqf Boards for
purely religious purposes violates the Constitution. This explains why no State
Waqf Board (except Delhi, Haryana and Punjab which are in a class by themselves for historic
reasons) has implemented the Supreme Court directive so far. That is why the
Imams Organization is now exerting pressure on the Central Government.
The MMM is apprehensive
that if functionaries of the Masjids are paid their emoluments, directly or
indirectly, by the Government, the Masjids shall pass under official control
and lose their autonomy and integrity & their standing in the eyes of the
community. What is worse is that the Masjids can become subject to strikes and
lockouts when the functionaries demand increase in their emoluments. The
solution lies only in raising the income of the Waqf properties, by exempting
them from rent legislation and by including all public Waqfs like Masjids in
the list of public premises for vacation of unlawful occupation.
MMM would like to caution the leadership of the Imams Organization that they should
not fall prey to conspiracies of the anti-Muslim forces like the RSS and Israel
and instead establish dialogue with Muslim organizations of national eminence
on their legitimate problems, so that a joint and collective effort can be made
for improving the financial position of the Auqaf which will benefit the
Masjids & their functionaries.
The MMM also respectfully
requests Muslim organizations of national eminence, particularly the All India
Muslim Personal Law Board and the Jamiatul Ulema-i-Hind to respond positively
to any initiative by the Imams Organization and also move the Supreme Court jointly
to reconsider its impracticable directive and press the state governments to
take necessary steps as mentioned above to improve the financial position of
6. For a Permanent Solution of the
The MMM has noted that
the much awaited Shri Krishna Report has proposed as its first option that
Andhra Pradesh should not be bifurcated but a statutory Regional Council
be established for Telengana to promote its economic interests. The MMM is convinced that the people
of Telengana shall oppose this proposal tooth and nail and carry on
their agitation until they achieve their long standing objective.
The MMM is of the view that the Government should forthwith fulfil its
commitment & introduce a bill in the coming session of Parliament for
bifurcating the state with due safeguards for Hyderabad as a metropolitan city,
and is apprehensive that any further delay may lead to civil disorder and add
The MMM reiterates its view that the
Government should set up the Second States Reorganization Commission to
consider all developments since 1956 throughout the country, formulate criteria
for formation of small states for the eventual rational reorganization of the
national territory and consider breaking up big states like U.P., Maharashtra,
Rajasthan & West Bengal etc & creating tribal majority states in states
of tribal concentration.
7. On the Evolving Political
Situation in West Bengal
MMM has analyzed the political and electoral situation in West Bengal on the
eve of the coming Assembly Election,
which shall have three major contestants namely the Left Front led by
the CPI(M), the Trinamool Congress and the Indian National Congress.
the Muslim are dissatisfied with the performance of 20 years of Left rule which
has made them the most backward Muslim community in the country. They share the
overall unhappiness of the Muslim community with the Congress and they are
looking at the emerging regional party the TMC with hope. All of them in one
way or the other, represent the elite Bhdralok who population but dominate the
state in every sphere despite forming only 7 % of state population.
CPM leadership has suddenly become conscious of Muslim alienation and announced 10 % reservation for backward
Muslims but adopted a method which will not bring them any substantial benefits
by the time election are held. Thus this appears to be a political gimmick. Muslims
have been supporting the Left Front, for various reasons for the last 20 years.
So a substantial part of Muslim vote in any case will go to it.
Muslim are aware of the Congress performance
at the Centre and remember of its rule in the state. So because of old
connections, Congress may get some support. A sizeable support will go to the
TMC. Indeed Muslims have been extending support to it in elections at various
levels. But their enthusiasm seems to be waning because the TMC now appears to
take Muslim support for granted and has not
announced any specific programme for their uplift. Above all it has maintained
silence on the implementation of the recommendations of the Mishra Commission.
MMM considers that if Congress and the
TMC reach electoral understanding or form an alliance their candidates are
likely to receive the support the majority of the Muslims but if they contest
against each other Muslims will be forced to choose between all three parties
in the every constituency.
objective in West Bengal in the coming
election is political empowerment through due representation in the Assembly in
proportion to their population of about 30 %. They deserve around 90 seats. So
far no party has ever fielded due number of Muslim candidates nor such
candidates who command the trust and confidence of the community, and from
Muslim concentration seats.
Muslim community faces
the handicap of internal division, based on language, baradari, sect & ‘silsila’
apart from political affiliation, urban-rural divide and lack of rapport between the Muslim elite and the masses. Also
various Muslim organizations are separately negotiating with the major
contestants for electoral deals to get a
MMM feels that Muslim organizations should concentrate on uniting the Muslims
and avoid negotiations on their own and they should develop a common Front to
define Muslim objectives and aspirations and place them jointly before the
As for the Muslim voters, the MMM advises them
to identify potential candidates in each constituency, particularly Muslims in
Muslim concentration seats; before the election they should set up a
representative Election Committee in each constituency to choose the most
experienced, vocal & winnable secular candidate & to educate the Muslim
voters to vote massively and unitedly for the selected candidates.
The list of potential acceptable candidates as selected by the Election
committees should be given by the Muslim Front when they negotiate with
all three major contestants are secular parties. So West
Bengal will have a secular government. What the MMM desires is
that the number of Muslim MLA should be maximized and the Muslims are well
represented in the next government. This way alone the Muslim of West Bengal
can achieve political empowerment, economic development and social
8. On Confrontation between the Orthodox & the Liberals in Pakistan.
The MMM has noted that
in the aftermath of the assassination
of Salman Taseer,
Governor of Punjab (Pakistan) by his personal body guard and the manner in
which he has been glorified by a section of the people, the Pakistan society
has been vertically divided. Taseer’s only fault was that he had publicly announced
his intention to recommend to the President of Pakistan to exercise his power
of clemency in the case of the Christian woman Asia Bibi who stands convicted
by a district court for blasphemy against the Holy Prophet and sentenced to
death, which is yet to be confirmed by the High Court and the Supreme Court.
killing has been noticed all over the world as the evidence of growing
intolerance and fanaticism in Pakistan
and negatively impacted the image of Islam and the Muslims. Since this is a question
which has world wide implications it is necessary for the Muslim community in India not to ignore
it but consider it objectively.
indeed has a Law on Blasphemy against the Holy Prophet but it has an inbuilt
lacuna that prosecution, and conviction, of an accused does not require any
evidence and thus opens the door for misuse of the law for personal &
political reasons. Secondly, Pakistan Constitution empowers the President to
grant clemency in case of death sentence. Thirdly, no other Muslim country has
such a law on its statute book.
Many people in Pakistan,
however, consider that the Law of Blasphemy does not have sound theological or
historical foundations and that death sentence is too heavy a punishment which
may be reduced to a term of imprisonment. Such sharp differences cannot be
decided through mass agitation or assassinations but only by the National
Assembly, through debate & discussion.
In these circumstances,
the MMM suggests to the political class in Pakistan to establish a dialogue
between the orthodox and the liberal elements, in order not to let the
confrontation get out of hand, destabilize the state and take the country
towards a civil war, keeping in view that Pakistan is a signatory to the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights and several UN Conventions against