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Fighting the notion that Muslims are uneducated

delhi Updated: May 02, 2009 00:22 IST
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There is just one agenda that Abussami Qasim (29) has in this Lok Sabha election — to improve the condition of Muslims.

Qasim believes Muslims have been victimised and have been at a disadvantage always. He also dismisses that a large number of Indian Muslims are uneducated or poor.

“Muslims in India are educated. It is a false notion that many Muslims are uneducated and poor. But the country and the system has refused employment to the Muslim youth,” he said.

Qasim is fighting from Northeast Delhi as a candidate of the Jamiat Ulama-E-Hind, one of the oldest and most influential Muslim organisations in the country.

“Education is important for Islam. It is the lack of opportunity that has worked against us,” Qasim said.

The party is fielding two candidates from Muslim-dominated constituencies this year — Northeast Delhi and East Delhi.

“We have been an independent nation for more than 60 years. But Muslims could not become a political power and the issues of our community has also been ignored and forgotten,” he said.