The Congress-led governments, both at the centre and in
Maharashtra, might be taking pride for having done enough to bring
the minorities to the mainstream. However, the fact is that the
Muslims in Mahrashtra are feeling alienated.
This was petitioned before the newly
appointed Chief of the National Commission for Minorities,
Wajahat Habibullah when he visited Mumbai this Thursday.
"The government claims, it has done
this, this and that for the minorities...But looking at its
attitude towards the Muslims, we are sorry to say that we are
actually feeling alienated", a delegation of Muslim community
leaders said to Wajahat Habibullah.
Wajahat Habibullah was in Mumbai
March 03 and had invited the community leaders to discuss the
issues minorities are facing in Maharashtra.
"Right from the Sri Krishna
Commission report on Mumbai riots to extending justice to the
Muslim youths wrongly arrested in the blast cases, the government
just does not show any will to fulfill its constitutional
responsibilities", senior counsel Yusuf Machala and other
community leaders said to the Minorities Panel chief even as top
police officers including Maharashtra DIG look on.
The delegation that also included
advocates and leaders from Malegaon presented in front of the
Minorities Panel chief the evidences that question the police
version about the 2006 Malegaon blast along with the confessional
statement of Swami Aseemanand.
Immediately after taking charge as
the chief of the National Commission for Minorities, Wajahat
Habibullah had reportedly said that on the basis of Swami
Aseemanand it was clear that the Muslim youths were wrongly
implicated in the case and they should be released.