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No Political Party Wants to Address Concerns of Indian Muslims, Says Maharashtra's Senior Police Officer

09 Sep 2019 01:09 PM, IST


No Political Party Wants to Address Concerns of Indian Muslims, Says Maharashtra's Senior Police Officer
Special Inspector General of Police (IGP) Abdur Rahman with his book

 

Special Correspondent | India Tomorrow

 

Pune, September 9 - It is very rare for a serving Indian Police Service (IPS) officer to write a critical book on the government’s negligent attitude towards Indian Muslims. However, Special Inspector General of Police (IGP) Abdur Rahman, currently posted as chief of Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) stands apart from his colleagues where he has dared to call a spade a spade. His latest book, “ Denial and Deprivation : Indian Muslims after the Sachar committee and Rangnath Mishra Commission Reports’’ running into 569 pages and published  by Manohar Publications, New Delhi, is a complete diagnosis of the ills affecting the Muslim community and offers reasonable solutions for their socio-economic empowerment in the society.

 

The current book is a result of three years of continuous writing, painstaking research, and one and a half years of intense editing by the publisher. The book has received rave reviews in leading English dailies of the country including popular online portals who have offered critical insights into the book. 

 

The book was first published in the last week of November 2018 by Routledge Publication based in London. The book examines in minute details the condition of Indian Muslims socially, economically and educationally and also highlights the efficacy of government-run programmes and presents a roadmap for all-round development of Indian Muslims in the light of latest data from authentic sources and intellectual discussions. The book also highlights the need of community and individual initiatives in the absence of inclusive development of Muslims in India. The volume throws ample light on the callous attitude of the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) governments towards Muslims and exposes hostile attitude of the current Modi regime. The authors states that lack of effective steps by the successive governments has accelerated marginalization of Muslims in today’s scenario due to open discrimination, mob-violence, lynching and hate crimes taking place openly in defiance of the Constitution in the name of various communal issues.

 

The author states that Sachar Committee Report was submitted to the government in November 2006 and the Rangnath Mishra Commission Report in May 2007.  After publication of these two reports, several community organisations, NGOs, community activists, RTI activists, committed individuals etc. have been making tireless efforts to fathom the level of implementation of these reports.  “However, there was no clear picture on the national level. Worsening condition, marginalisation of Muslims and pathetic state of implementation of policies compelled me to think deeply. This proved to be an initial inspiration and encouragement for me to write this book,” Abdur Rahman says in the book.

 

Abdur Rahman claims that the book attempts to gauge and analyse the level of denial and deprivation faced by the Indian Muslims, so far, by presenting their correct situation after 12 years of these two reports. It presents and discusses the current conditions with respect to outcome indicators such as population, education, economy, poverty, unemployment, availability of bank loans, infrastructure and civic facilities and representation in government employment. By placing facts in perspective, it also discusses community-specific issues such as Urdu, `madrasa` and Waqf.

 

A very interesting and information chapter is on the demonization of Muslims where he states, “It appears, as if there is a systematic machinery which is working day in and day out to create a strong narrative around some issue to demonize Indian Muslims. There is a strong resolve, in a planned and systematic way, to psychologically demolish Indian Muslims to keep them subjugated, to keep them out of mainstream and to ghettoize them and to distract their attention from socio-economic development. Police and intelligence agencies, other government machinery, media and Hindutva organisations have been playing their assigned role in defaming Muslims. The author urges Muslims to shun radical ideologies and states that most religions of the world preach peace, justice and humanity. Islam, he says, preaches peace, humanity and social justice. In many cases, extremist thoughts and organisations in Islamic world have been created by West to serve their interest in world politics.

 

Responses of various political formations on these reports have been presented in a proper sequence to generate a coherent view. In the post-Sachar era, governments started many schemes to improve the condition whose reach and impact is assessed with the help of latest data in the book. It presents the social structure of Muslims, presence of Other Backward Classes(OBC), Dalits, and suggests a practical pattern for reservation. It follows up the process of implementation of recommendations of these reports and highlights how the governments adopted tokenism, attempted to implement minor recommendations and shied away from major ones. It presents the lopsided attitude of the UPA government, hostile attitude of the present regime and accelerated marginalization of Muslims in today’s scenario.

 

Lastly, a roadmap on what needs to be done at all levels-state, community and individual has been emphatically suggested in the light of level of deprivation, marginalization and intellectual observations. “ My effort is to create a perception where problems of Muslims could be treated as a national problem. The book emphasizes the need to take ‘concrete steps’ for ‘inclusive growth’ and ‘mainstreaming’ of the Indian Muslims’’, the IPS officer explains.

 

The book draws references from various government reports, various reports presented in the Parliament and state assemblies, reports published by several organisations and NGOs, newspaper reports, reports on internet, articles written by scholars and information collected through RTI.

 

Abdur Rahman warns that in the present scenario, there appears to be a consensus among all political parties to not address concerns of Muslims. Even media, scholars and political commentators do not show any interest to highlight the development deficits of Muslims and the alienation they face. The situation is going from bad to worse and experts say that if this situation persists, Muslims will soon become the neo-Dalits of the Indian society.

 




Keywords : Abdur Rahman ,   Police Officer ,   Maharashtra ,   Political Parties ,   Indian Muslims  




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Nizam


02 October 2019 10:42 PM
Well done sir , but sorry to say that we Muslims are responsible for our status, we misinterpreted the teachings of Quran and teachings of our beloved prophet. This is the major cause for our downfall




Adv. Shafique Ahmad


20 September 2019 08:25 AM
Denial and Deprivation : Indian Muslims after the Sachar committee and Rangnath Mishra Commission Reports




Adv Adil Modi


20 September 2019 02:01 AM
Its absolutely right that No Political Parties wants to Address Concerns of Indian muslim,only they want votes of muslim that all. I totally agreed on Abdur Rehman Sahab lines that muslim will soon become Deo Dalit In the indian Society




Ms Aftab Siddique


19 September 2019 06:45 PM
Very Apt in crux expressed the situations in the nation on how Muslims are being traumatized, defamed by government authorities and Hindutva,saffron brigades . In nation where Muslims have contributed the most in development is being suppressed . Be it any party , it looks like all are trying to move minorities out from main stream, engage them in false cases, deprive their rights, ect so that people are busy in sorting the mesh created by government and Saffron brigade . Sad part is whether it's a Hindu or a Muslim leader or political party,no one wants to address the community issues and are busy saving their chair and position. In last 5 years educated mass thought process has also changed and we seem to be reverting mentally into an era of fascism, slavery and tyranny. Unity in Diversity or Sone ki chidya will be left in books for the coming generation to read. If one looks up and even tries to perceive what's stored for the future one seems not only downfall of minorities but nation's insecurity with animosity created within. Sorry state of affairs.One crusader is also enough to oppose wrong doings with any individual human or mass. One needs courage to bring out facts as stated in this article.Good wishes.




Anwar Khan


13 September 2019 06:44 PM
Genecide must stop. What goes around... comes around.




Shoukathali


13 September 2019 10:21 AM
Planning to purchase this book and read it thoroughly.




Dr Anwer Ahsan


12 September 2019 12:29 PM
Nice reporting any educated muslim must read the book as a guide line in uplifting efforts of muslim commumity




Shkail Sayyed


11 September 2019 11:16 PM
Bahot sahi farmaya aap ke Nazriye ko salaam. Afsoos aaj Ummat ke paas Koi Vision lekar Nahi Chal raha hai. Vision denewale Bahot hai magar Amal karnewala koi Nahi. MUSALMAANo ko Kaise Vision par Laaye espar Pahle kaam karna hoga. Ye Ummat Khudgarz aur Firka wari me Fasee hai. Allah hi Nigehbaan aur Hidayat par Aamaada kar sakta hai.




S Patel


11 September 2019 10:42 PM
Excellent! God bless you.




Nizamuddin Sheikh


11 September 2019 09:44 PM
I agree with author. Also , as I m a social worker, feels that Muslim community is also responsible for this. They have misinterpreted the teachings of Quran and sunnah of prophet




Shahla Perween


11 September 2019 07:58 PM
Excellent u r great.u deeply studying our society ,v proud of u with blessing.




Prashant Jadhav


11 September 2019 04:19 PM
Very nice sir




SHAMIM ANSARI


11 September 2019 03:20 PM
Bahut bahut khub uncel




Indrapal Singh


11 September 2019 02:35 PM
Amazing content in this book . I got familiar with a lot of stuff That I wasn\'t familiar about earlier




Ayaz Shaikh


11 September 2019 02:23 PM
As described above it is very true story of Indian Muslims.They need to be survived by political as well as economical means,at the earliest.




Shamsher Khan Pathan ACP Retd


11 September 2019 02:19 PM
Excellent article covering every aspect of your book. No one had touched this topic in Indian history,the way you touched it. 9ne day it will give fruits. But non of the political party is thinking in term of upliftmen of muslim.community. Keep it up.




Imteyaz Husain


11 September 2019 12:59 PM
Religious discrimination has been made lawful after promulgation of SC/ST Reservation Law on religion basis, giving booties to Hindus under HUF, discriminatory treatment in making law of Hindu Endowment Act & Waqf, purging out Urdu from all mainstream schools, no community based periodical survey to determine progress or de acceleration of various communities as mandated in the Constitution etc are the bench mark of institutionalised discrimination.




Mohammad Azmathullah Khan.


11 September 2019 11:56 AM
Excellent, no words






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