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‘Give the Indian Muslims

 ten years of peace’

 By Aleem Faizee


Packages and Financial Help require lot of time, as the normal practice in the Government is, however, one fails to know why the Government is failing in its duty for correcting the police attitude towards the Muslims.



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“My husband was in Phool Sawangi, hundreds of miles away, when the blasts took place in Malegaon a year before. The whole village is witness to this fact. Tell me, how can he plant a bomb in Malegaon when he was miles away?” asks Salma Bano, a resident of Phool Sawangi near Nanded and wife of Zahid Akhter. Zahid is one of the accused in Malegaon September Blasts case. With sheer helplessness written large in her eyes and almost bewailed, she adds, “No way! But he is still lingering into the jail.”


Ironically, this is not an aberration. The Muslims in India have been at the receiving end ever since the Independence. Whenever something happens in any part of the country, finger of suspicions are immediately pointed towards the Muslims without taking into account the impact of such attitude on the community, “This is nothing but a mental torture and it looks sort of state sponsored pestering through the machinery”, says Altaf Ansari, an activist. And once this is done, the Muslims are now lucky if they can avoid indiscriminate detentions of their educated youngsters.


"They carry a double burden of being labeled as “anti-national” and as being “appeased” at the same time."

Very recently, the same thing was observed after the Makkah Masjid Blasts in Hyderabad as well. Like in Malegaon, as soon as the blasts took place, the speculations of the Muslim involvement started circulating even before any investigation actually took place.


God forbid saying, the State Machinery is working on some pre-planned strategy to nab the Muslims. However, a close study of the Sachar Committee Report confirms this notion to some extent. It is worth recalling what the report says about the trauma, to which the Muslims are subjected to, when such things make rounds in the society.


Report Brief

The Prime Minster of India constituted a High Level Committee led by Justice Rajendra Sachar for assessing the Social, Economic and Educational Status of the Muslims in India. After an extension of few months, the Committee ultimately handed its report to the Prime Minister in November last.


And the report! It was as if, someone has counted the bleeding wounds of an injured body! Beyond doubt, first time after the independence, any report has succeeded in addressing the actual grievances of a beleaguered community on official level in such a comprehensive manner! The grievances, which were cleverly kept hidden till now, earlier under the debris of series of riots and now under the alleged terrorist activities.


As expected, it was a near storm everywhere in the country when the report was made public. However after the dust settled down, it became clearly known to everyone what is the actual condition of the Muslims in India is in comparison with their fellow countrymen. And despite their beleaguered condition, they are forced to live under the dilemma of being Anti-National.


The burden (or price?) of loyalty

Along with many other torments the community is forced to live with, the report has highlighted ‘the mental torture’ by the media and the agencies that keep on questioning the loyalty of the Muslims towards the country. The Report has observed, “They carry a double burden of being labeled as “anti-national” and as being “appeased” at the same time. While Muslims need to prove on a daily basis that they are not “anti-national” and “terrorists”, it is not recognized that the alleged “appeasement” has not resulted in the desired level of socio-economic development of the Community.”


It further says, “Concern was expressed over police highhandedness in dealing with Muslims. Muslims live with an inferiority complex as ‘every bearded man is considered an ISI agent’, ‘whenever any incident occurs Muslim boys are picked up by the police’ and fake encounters are common. In fact, people argued that police presence in Muslim localities is more common than the presence of schools, industry, public hospitals and banks.”


The report goes on to add, “Communal tension or any untoward incident in any part of the country is enough to make Muslims fear for their safety and security. The lackadaisical attitude of the government and the political mileage sought whenever communal riots occur has been very painful for the Community.”


Now the most awful act on the part of the Government! The Muslims had expected, it would have taken some immediate corrective measures at least in this regard. However, one really fails to find anything that the Government has done in this regard.


"While Muslims need to prove on a daily basis that they are not “anti-national” and “terrorists”, it is not recognized that the alleged “appeasement” has not resulted in the desired level of socio-economic development of the Community.”

Is the Government really serious over the Report?

Not a single day passes when we find a leader, however small or big, reiterating the Government’s seriousness over the Sachar Committee Report and its concern for the revival of the Muslim Community. Some even suggesting, backdoor high-level activities are underway and some thing good for the community will definitely come out of it. They even advice to hold on for sometimes as the Government policies take time for implementation.


True, the Government initiatives, schemes and policies take time and if they are related to the Muslims, they take even more time. However, the Muslims wish to know what steps the Government is taking for easing out the “burden of suspected loyalty” from the beleaguered community. What the Government is doing to counter the malicious propaganda against the community and what it is doing about the alleged atrocities against the Muslims.


Just in case you are listening Mr. Prime Minister

Lately, we have seen some statements by the Prime Minister and his ministerial colleagues urging the concerned departments for restrain. And when the Prime Minister said, he had not slept for the whole night after watching the TV images of Glasgow accused’s parents, it really had a healing effect. Nonetheless, one is sorry to say that the attitude of the officials and various departments towards the Muslims remain the same and ceases to show any kind of reversal. Otherwise my dear PM, why is Zahid still behind the bars when Haneef is enjoying the free air? Why is Salma still away from her husband when Firdous Arshiya has found her love?


And it is here that the suspicion comes into one’s mind about the sincerity of the Government over the report. It is high time the Government realizes at least now that more than bread and butter, what the Muslims in India need today is a better peace of mind. Enough of the rhetoric, it is time for the action now. The actions, so that the Muslims in India can work for the country to prosper even more. It is really interesting to recall what Hasan Kamal, a senior journalist and activist had said in a recent meeting on ‘Islam and terrorism’. “Give us TEN years of peace. I just ask TEN years of peace for the Muslims. Then watch out. To what height we take this country to”, he has said and there is certainly no doubt in this.





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Give Indian Muslims 10 yrs of peace? Or rather Indian Muslims should give the country 10 yrs
of peace. Indian Muslims need to do some serious introspection. Look at the attacks  at Indian
parliament, Akshardham, Benaras, Malegaon, Delhi, Mumbai train blasts, Mumbai bomb blasts,
Samjhauta Express blasts and now Jaipur. Doesn't' this growing list worry you. Any sensible
Indian Muslim should be worried what his community fellows are doing in India, instead  of 
blaming others. Even a child knows there is substantial role of some misguided Indian Muslims
in these terrorists activities.
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Hateful message, bent on disrupting the environment in this peaceful
post. Does not go well with the overall mood and intent of the article,

Hope u will continue showing the right paths for our brothers. India can only grow if all the section of society grows equally. The gap between the societies will definitely hamper the peace which is to be prevailed at any cost in interest of nation. Keep up writing & motivating us.





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I read your article on the Sachar report and I thought I would write to you about the possible steps our community could take on upliftment.


Frankly, I don't understand how macro level operations happen. I can only judge on the basis of a micro level understanding of things. In this perspective, I think fellow Muslims can do more for the Muslims who do not do well, educationally and economically.


I work in an NGO, and I have seen various government schemes being planned and executed, and I don't think that a Govt scheme has the quality or the spirit which can uplift the downtrodden Muslim.


I think that upgrading curriculums in Muslim managed schools and concentrating on building skills using vocational education is the way forward for communities which are marginalized. this combined with novel means of encouraging education among the young, will be a route that will surely be successful.  I see no dearth in people that can think of implementing such programs, and i see no dearth of monetary resources involved in such an exercise, all i see is that we Muslims, are really not willing to "do things" on our own.


I don't know why but there is a growing tendency to pass the buck on some one else, in this case the government. I fully understand that many of us expect the government to spearhead the campaign for social inclusion, but I only question whether we as Muslims do enough for our brethren, and that if we really start efforts on that front, will our community still look the same?


It pains me to see that the "best of nations" asks for concessions, either there is nothing good about this Ummah, or we do not represent the community described in that phrase.




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I, quite by chance, stumbled on your article.  I enjoyed reading it and would simply like to compliment you on a well written and optimistic piece.


Best Regards



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