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To break 'stereotype', govt mulls commemorating Muslim national icons
Wednesday May 6, 2015 11:50 AM, Agencies

New Delhi:
To break what it called as the 'stereotype' surrounding the Muslim community, the Narendra Modi government in New Delhi is planning to commemorate Muslim national icons and announce schemes in their names.

"To break the notion of associating Indian Muslims with gangsters or crime, the Modi government wants everyone to know that minority communities have played a significant role in the national struggle,“ Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukthar Abbas Naqvi is quoted in a report carried by The Economic Times.

Some of the Muslim national icons whom the BJP government wants to commemorate include revolutionary Ashfaqulla Khan, salt satyagraha leader Abbas Tyabji, Quit India movement leader Vakkom Abdul Khadir, and political activist and freedom fighter Ubaidullah Sindhi.

The names also include Muslim figures who stood for unity between communities like Mughal prince Dara Shikoh and poet Allama Iqbal, who wrote the song 'Saare jahan se achha Hindustan hamara', and Indian Unani medicine system scholar Hakim Ajmal Khan.

Muslim women freedom fighters like Bi Amma (Abadi Begum) and Begum Hazrat Mahal, who rebelled against the British rule, have also been included in the list of Muslim heroes prepared by the Modi government.

Besides the Muslim national heroes, the Modi government is also planning to recognise the services of other renowned figures from other minority groups like Christians and Parsis. Prominent names among them are of TM Varghese, George Joseph, Pherozeshah Mehta and Bhikaji Cama.

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