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Protection of Minority rights political necessity, not virtue: Justice Siddiqui

Monday November 14, 2011 06:54:22 PM, Special Correspondent

Justice Siddiqui addressing the Seminar on Minority Rights at AMU.

Aligarh: “Protection of minority rights is no longer viewed as a virtue but it is seen as a political necessity that strengthens modern plural society”, this is what came through in a national seminar on “Minority Rights: Vision and Reality” organized by the Department of Political Science, Aligarh Muslim University today.

Inaugurating the national seminar, Justice M. S. A. Siddiqui, Chairman, National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI), Government of India said that the article 30 carters special rights to minorities and article 30 is absolute and it can be regulated by two counts. First it has to be reasonable and second the interest of minority must be kept in mind.


Explaining Article 30, the Chairman, NCMEI said Indian Muslims have been given right to establish full right to establish and run their academic institutions. The Commission is committed to protect the minority rights duly granted by the Constitution of India. Using its adjudicatory powers, the Commission has declared Jamia Millia Islamia a minority institution.


Justice Sifddiqui said the salvation of Muslims lies in modern education and they must adopt information technology.

Delivering the presidential address, AMU Vice Chancellor Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis said that education is the key to empowerment and Muslim enjoined by the Quran must rigorously pursue the education.


He said that AMU has been striving to spread education relentlessly and setting of two new centres bears a testimony to its commitment to propagate education among Muslims as it was also the cherished dream of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.


He said that no one can doubt the minority character of the Aligarh Muslim University as it fulfills all conditions of a minority institution.

Former Member of Parliament, Diplomat and presently President of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, New Delhi, Syed Shahabuddin said that Muslims should strengthen their relationship with the majority community and draw their attention towards their social, educational and political problems.


He urged the government to ensure that the benefits of all minority schemes are made available to the minorities.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Faizan Mustafa, Vice Chancellor, National Law University Orissa, Cuttack, said that the democracy could only become fully functional if minorities are provided with special rights as the right do not symbolize appeasement but they are essential for the growth of pluralistic society.


Tracing the minority rights all over the world, Prof. Faizan Mustafa said the Indian Constitution grants special rights to minorities for fulfilling their cultural aspirations. By safeguarding the cultural and linguistic aspirations, the minorities can be actively associated in the process of nation making.


Prof. Mustafa referred to the gearing up of AMU minority case in Allahabad High Court and quoted several landmark judgments of the Supreme Court.

Maulana Fazlurrahim Mujaddadi, Rector, Jamiatul Hidaya made a PowerPoint presentation and regretted that minorities are not being benefited by the welfare schemes of the central government.

Dr. Aftab Alam, Convener of the seminar said that minorities do not enjoy rights but article 30 is the most violated article of the constitution and he made a strong point for its effective implementation.







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