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Saturday, March 13, 2010 12:20:32 PM, ummid.com Special Correspondent
Prominent Social Scientist, Professor Javeed Alam delivering lecture on “Contemporary Muslim Situation in India: Temporal Dimension” at MANUU
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Hyderabad: "Muslims in India are badly under represented in different spheres of life. Their exclusion is rather dramatic. However, like other backward communities, Muslim marginalization has its own history. To radicalise the India Democracy you have to create a block", said Prominent Social Scientist, Professor Javeed Alam yesterday at MANUU.
Prof. Javeed who is the Chairman of Indian Council of Social Sciences & Research New Delhi, expressed these views on March 12 while delivering a lecture on Contemporary Muslim Situation in India: Temporal Dimension at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU). The lecture was orgarnized by the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP).
Tracing the history of Muslim exclusion & backwardness, Prof. Javeed Alam asserted it to be the result of colonial era & practices.
Commenting on the political status of Muslims in India, he said, "Muslim politics disappeared from India after Independence. It is an era of region specific Muslim politics. Muslims, in religions terms may be called as a single community, but Muslims in India are not a singular community. Region & language are two of their major distinct features."
Attributing the backwardness of Muslims to the erstwhile feudal system & colonialism, Prof. Alam said, "It is absurd to blame the Indian state for this. In the pre-partition Muslim Politics, parity & job were important. However, today’s Muslim politics is citizenship based. Indian Muslim Community is a unique minority in the whole world, He claims."
"Some community members enjoy extra ordinary high degree of accomplishment at individual level but the majority is still backward as proved by the Sachar Committee report", he observed.
"Moreover", Prof. Alam observed, "Last 20-22 years of Indian democracy have been very dramatic. In the 1990’s, massive upsurge of oppressed communities started. This was the result of Mandal commission recommendations. Muslims of late have emerged as major force in Indian politics."
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