TAKING ALL possible steps for all-round development of Muslim community is the responsibility of the nation. Muslims have contributed extra-ordinarily in developing the culture of this nation and what the Rajendra Sachchar Committee report has stated is a bitter truth known to all of us, said veteran writer Kamleshwar.
He was participating in a symposium jointly organised here by Rashtriya Secular Manch and Insani Biradari on Sunday to discuss the Sachchar Committee report.
Initiating the debate on the issue, L S Hardenia of Rashtriya Secular Manch said the Rajendra Sachchar Committee report had generated debate in the entire nation. While a section of people believed that recommendations of the Committee were aimed at appeasement of Muslim population, another section believed if implemented in right earnest, the report could play a significant role in the development of Muslim community.
However, there was no dispute over the need for well-planned efforts to address the backwardness of Muslim community. Former acting chairman of State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Justice R D Shukla said the Sachchar Committee report should be implemented in a manner that it did not afford a chance to fundamentalists to instigate the feelings of majority community. He further said encouraging competition was better suited for development needs of the nation rather than providing reservation to socially backward sections of the society.
Former Lok Ayukta Justice Faizanuddin said the Sachchar Committee was constituted to chalk-out a strategy to ensure implementation of constitutional provisions for Muslims. He further said there was no doubt in the fact that representation of Muslims in Government jobs and other sectors has drastically gone down in the years after Independence.
He, however, said Muslim leadership, itself, was also responsible for the backwardness of Muslim community. He said if the Waqf property had been discreetly used, Muslims could have benefited a lot.
Former chairman of State Minorities Commission Ibrahim Qureshi said the Sachchar Committee has nowhere recommended reservation for Muslims. He said the Waqf Board in Madhya Pradesh alone had a property of over Rs 5000 crore; it should be used for betterment of Muslims but it was not happening.
Dr Nusrat Bano Ruhi said fundamentalism of religious and social leadership of Muslims was responsible for backwardness of Muslims.
Neglect of education and modernity was largely responsible for it, she said. Anwar and Aziz-ur-Rehman also spoke on the occasion. Former director general of police (DGP) K S Dhillon, former IAS Man Dahima and Ramakant Dubey were also present on the occasion.