CONDITIONS OF MUSLIMS AND REFORMS
Vice President remarks concerning muslims in india at “All India Majlis-e-Mushawarat “ which initiates dialogues within the community.
CONDITION OF MUSLIMS
A community of 180 million people amounting to 14 per cent of the population is not a demographic threat but a cultural possibility.
The Indian Muslim contributes not just to India but to the culture of Islam across the world. Muslims were an integral part of the freedom struggle and an integral part of independent India but injustice has
been done to them.
Justice Rajinder Sachar Committee’s Report emphasises the fact that on most socio-economic indicators, Muslims are “on the margins of the structures of political, economic and social relevance, their average condition even worse than the country’s historically backward communities, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.”
The problems of the Muslims:
- a) identity and security;
- b) education and empowerment;
- c) equitable share in the largesse of state;
- d) a fair share in decision making.
Mr. Ansari’s critique of the status of Indian Muslims
- He slams the Muslims as being “ trapped in a vicious circle and in a culturally defensive posture that hinders self-advancement.”
- Tradition is made sacrosanct but the rationale of tradition is all but forgotten.” As a result, Jadeediyat or modernity has become “a tainted expression.”
- He claims that critical thinking is needed both for “the affirmation of faith” and “the well-being of the community”.
- He also contends that a fixation on the questions of identity and dignity create a defensive mode of thinking.
- He exhorts the Mushawarat, a grouping of “respected minds,” to focus on issues concerning women, youth and the marginalised, who constitute “the overwhelming majority” of Indian Muslims.
- Ansari’s plea to the community to think along plural, secular and democratic lines.
- Agitation against discrimination can arouse the very emotions that foster discrimination.
The solution to the problems faced by the Indian Muslims lies in
- Devising a form and content which heals old wounds and does it without inflicting no new ones.
- The Muslim is, here, easy with her identity, comfortable in her Indian citizenship and confident that she can solve problems within the framework of Indian democracy. This is cultural confidence, citizenship and constitutionalism at its creative best.
- A Muslim problem is no longer merely a Muslim problem but an Indian one to be shared with the wider community.
- Ansari emphasises that a lack of communication among communities has frozen the diversities of Indian society.
Creating a new Islamic imagery
- We should not reduce Islam to essentialist categories.
- We should be keen to develop that plural space where Islam is no longer a closed official corpus replete with rituals of ideology and domination.
- He seeks to create a new Islamic imaginary, opening up new fields of reflection and research within the Islamic do domain.
- The struggle for actualisation should be constitutionally imaginative; reciprocal in that a community does not get warped through isolation; and yet adaptive without losing a sense of integrity.