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Market research survey of Muslim youths raises eyebrows

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:21:41 AM, Staff Reporter

Malegaon: A survey of Muslim youths conducted by MDRA - Marketing and Development Research Associates - which is based in New Delhi has raised eyebrows and is receiving condemnation.


The community leaders say, the move is not to 'know about the Muslim youths, rather to malign them' and planned to get 'intended results'.


“The questions in the survey were set to get intended response. They were very objectionable and malicious in nature,” TCN quoted Wadood Sajid as saying.


Wadood Sajid is the media advisor of Sirajuddin Qureshi - President of India Islamic Cultural Centre in Delhi. The MDRA executive interacted with him in Qureshi's absence.


“The nature of the questions, the hurriedness the representative was showing to get yes-no answer and his word that his company asked him not to leave the form with anyone created doubt in my mind about the real intention of the surveyor company or those hired it for this work,” he added.


The beginning of the questionnaire form reads: “I am from famous research and consultancy firm MDRA. At present MDRA is conducting study on the condition of youths and students on the basis of opinion of religious leaders.”


TCN further reports, of 25 questions, three are related to Ajmal Amir Kasab - the lone terrorist captured alive during Mumbai terror attack and after a trial of one year recently awarded death sentence. The questions related to Kasab include: Is capital punishment to Kasab justified? Should it be turned into life sentence through fresh hearing? Does your friend think Kasab had not got fair trial?

Other questions included in the prescribed form are: Do Muslim youths get inspired by religious leaders or by market forces? Are you using Internet more than before or less to establish contact with Muslim leaders in India and abroad? Should Muslim youths take more interest in politics or preaching of religion?



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