Home Page - Gulf in the Media
HomePoliticsEconomy                               Set Gulfinthemedia.com as home page
 Print  Send This Page
Save Listen to this Article
Indian Muslims still languish far behind   

Kuwait Times - 04 November, 2013

Rajindar Sachar, former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court and the chairman of the Sachar Committee, said the condition of the Muslim community has not improved much even seven years after his committee’s report on the socio-economic and educational status of Muslims in India.

Though the committee presented its report in 2006, the government has not taken any effective measures to implement the report yet.

The committee has done an in-depth analysis of Indian Muslims with statistical reports based on information from government agencies, banks, Indian Minority Commission, different state governments and its agencies.

“The government purports to implement the report, at least part of it. We have to hold the government responsible for not implementing it.

Now, it is for the people, the media and NGOs to put pressure on the government. People’s vigilance, their active participation in discussions and criticisms are necessary for the implementation of the report,” said Justice Sachar during a press conference organized by the Indo-Kuwait Friendship Society (IFKS) on Saturday.

IKFS honored Justice Sachar with the ‘IKFS 2013 Excellence Award for Social Justice’ at another function in recognition of his valuable contributions towards social justice.

Justice Sachar arrived in Kuwait accompanied by IKFS Patron Sami Bubere, chief editor of Indo-Gulf Times, Ummeeth magazines, President of Mumbai-based Sahyogh Cultural Society and Dhaval Bhatia, a well-known international trainer and patron, IKFS.

“Our job was to give the report. We were not the implementing agency nor we had been given the mandate to talk about the report,” he said. The Sachar Committee report had found out that the literacy rate among Muslims is way below the national average.

The gap between Muslims and the general average is greater in urban areas, especially among women. About 25 percent of children of Muslim parents in the 6-14 year age group have either never attended school or have dropped out.

“The report has given the facts based on material collected from various sources. Nobody has so far said it is a biased report. And none of the members of the commission were beholden to the government as well,” he pointed out. “When we presented the report to the prime minister, we asked his office to put it on the website so that there is no way it can be kept back.

We presented it on Nov 17 and the next day it was available for the public. And all the material we collected have been kept in the Nehru Memorial Museum today,” he said.

According to Justice Sachar, women’s education was given top priority in the report. The commission relied on the latest National Sample Survey (NSS) 2004 in preparing the report. The NSS periodically gives figures on different levels of consumption, poverty, expenses and education.

Sachar, who is also a member of the United Nations’ Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, said the percentage of Muslims in parliament is not in proportion with their population. “Same is the case with the presence of Muslims in the country’s civil service. It is primarily because of the educational backwardness that exists in the community.

The Left was annoyed when we released the statistics that in Gujarat, eight percent of the government servants are Muslims, while the percentage is only four in West Bengal,” he said. “Prima facie, it may appear that Chief Minister Modi has done a wonderful job in Gujarat. But the fact is that in Gujarat, education level is high.

Whereas the West Bengal government is not attaching adequate importance to education,” he pointed out. The India government earmarks 15 percent of its annual budget for the welfare of the minorities that comprise Muslims, Buddhists, Jains and Christians.

“As it happens, the condition of the Muslims is the worst, both educationally and economically. They are the real minorities. Of the 15 percent of the minority population, 13.8 percent are Muslim.

Interestingly, Jains and Sikhs are far ahead of even the Hindu majority in education. In fact, only 1.8 percent of the total funds spent for the welfare of the minorities are utilized for Muslims. That is why we recommend that the minority funds must be utilized from the village level,” he pointed out.

The justice said Muslims are part of India and it is their country as it is the country of Hindus or anybody else. “Muslims just happened to be minority in number.

The country belongs to them as they are not strangers,” he added. According to Justice Sachar, the ruling United People’s Alliance (UPA) coalition and the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA), now led by Narendra Modi are equally bad. “Now a political message is being spread. And it is a ‘Play on Both Your Houses’.

There is nothing to choose between the two,” he said. Sachar said he doesn’t believe that Modi will come to power in the for thcoming parliament elections.

“There must be alternative forces who could fight these evil forces. And that is what democracy is about,” he concluded. IKFS executives President Dr Ghalib Al-Mashoor, Secretary Siddeeqi Ikram and Shahjahan Jeffri, convener of Mushaera programs, were also present during the press conference.
Iraqi forces close in on last IS outpost near Tal Afar
Source : Gulf Times  
Date : 2017-08-31
Iraqi forces have recaptured half of the last town held by the Islamic State group in northern Niniveh province as fierce clashes rage against jihadist fighters, the military said on...
It's unlikely that IAEA surrender to U.S. pressure: Rouhani
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2017-08-31
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said late on Tuesday that the International Atomic Energy Agency is very unlikely to surrender to the U.S. pressure and accept inspection of Iran's military sites....
Turkey troops in Qatar to maintain peace
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2017-08-31
Ambassador of Turkey to Qatar, Fikret Ozer, (pictured) has said that the presence of Turkish troops in Qatar is aimed at maintaining peace and stability in the world....
No Syria peace without answers on thousands of detainees
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2017-08-31
Syria's brutal conflict may not see a lasting solution until the fate of tens of thousands of detained civilians is disclosed, rights groups and activists said on Wednesday....
Bahrain: Qatar was behind 'tragic' 2011 protests
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2017-08-31
A broadcast by Bahrain's official news agency on Tuesday said Qatar was behind the "tragic events" of 2011, which saw an upsurge in protests by the Arabian Gulf island-state's Shiite...
Over 2m flock to Mina as Hajj begins
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2017-08-31
More than two million Muslims from around the world arrived in Mina to spend the day of Tarwiyah and follow the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Pilgrims...
Iran warns Kirkuk over Iraqi Kurdistan referendum
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2017-08-31
Iran on Wednesday warned the Iraqi province of Kirkuk against taking part in next month's Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, saying it is "wrong, provocative and unacceptable."...
Emir holds talks with Lavrov
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2017-08-31
Qatar welcomes all efforts by friendly countries that support the Kuwaiti mediation, and any effort to find a solution to this crisis, which should be unconditional....
Kuwait: Maintaining int'l peace, security needs innovative preventive diplomacy
Source : Kuwait News Agency  
Date : 2017-08-31
Kuwait suggested on Wednesday that the maintenance of sustainable international peace and security requires the consideration of innovative practices of preventive diplomacy....
Trump, Saudi King discuss dispute with Qatar
Source : Khaleej Times  
Date : 2017-08-31
President Donald Trump is urging the countries embroiled in a regional dispute with Qatar to find a diplomatic resolution....
64 dead in clashes between Syria regime and IS
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2017-08-31
Fierce fighting between Syrian government forces and the Islamic State group has killed 64 combatants in Raqqa province over a 24-hour period, a monitoring group said Wednesday....
Bahrain condemns terrorist bombings in Iraq
Source : Emirates News Agency-WAM  
Date : 2017-08-30
Bahrain has condemned the terrorist bombings that targeted several areas of the Republic of Iraq, resulting in the death and injury of scores of people....
Ceasefire deal convoy reaches Syria
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2017-08-30
A convoy of Daesh fighters and their families reached an exchange point in eastern Syria on Tuesday, a Hizbollah military media unit said, where they will be transferred into Daesh-held...
EU reiterates support for Iran nuclear deal
Source : Tehran Times  
Date : 2017-08-30
In their first meeting after the summer recess, the European Union defended the Iran nuclear agreement, aka the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a response to a new wave of...
Air strike near Yemen capital kills seven people
Source : Gulf Times  
Date : 2017-08-30
Warplanes attacked a checkpoint outside the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing five civilians in a taxi and two armed personnel manning the site, witnesses said....
US, Iraq blacklist Daesh finance official: Treasury
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2017-08-30
The United States and Iraq have banished a senior Daesh finance official from their financial systems, the US Treasury Department said on Tuesday....
'Genes in Space' winner praises UAE leaders for sterling support
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2017-08-30
Alia Al Mansouri, winner of the "Genes in Space" competition, hailed the support given by the wise leadership of the UAE to space studies and sciences....
UAE praises Kazakhstan on uranium storage bank
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2017-08-30
The UAE State Minister, Dr Maitha Salem Al Shamsi, hailed the Kazakhstani President and nuclear management bodies for walking the talk as she spoke on behalf of the donors for...
AD CP, Lavrov hold meet
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2017-08-30
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Tuesday received the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei...
OIC condemns renewed violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar
Source : Kuwait News Agency  
Date : 2017-08-30
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned Tuesday the renewed outbreak of violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar's western Rakhine State....
Total 142 Results in 8 Pages
For more news, views and reports about this topic, please subscribe
to GRC website: www.grc.net
Sat Sep 23, 2017| 02-محرم-1439هـ
Syria expands anti-Daesh operations
Riyadh celebrates first Saudi Women's Day
UAE summons Iran's diplomat
Trump turns up the heat on Iran, but no clear game plan yet
Qatar tops world in BMI index for investment attractiveness
Qaeda kills Yemen police, targeted in US raid
Iran targets $8.6bn of refinery deals with Asia firms
UN chief: Syria dialogue must focus on transition for success
US President Trump strongly supports Iraq - envoy
DGCX traded 1.37m contracts valued at $33b in January
Iran rejects 'baseless' warning from US on missile test
GCC consumers spend $9.3 billion on beauty, personal care products
HM King hails parliament's role
Saudi sentenced 7 years in prison for entering Syria, joining Al-Nusra
AD CP, Emir of Qatar discuss ties

Araa Mobile App





NBK Report on oil markets
GCC Banking Sector Quarterly - 2Q16
    GCC Press Agencies
Day's main stories from the GCC Press Agencies
    GRC Analysis
World Environment Day: Time to Reconnect with Nature in GCC
The Benefits of NATO-GCC Strategic Ties
    GRC Commentary
The Trump Visit to Saudi Arabia: Time for a Course Correction
Environmental Education Must for GCC Countries
Climate COP 22 in Marrakech Important for the Region
    GRC Press Release
Gulf Research Center press releases to the media
    GRC Publications
Greening the Haj: Environmental Challenges and Sustainability Options
Skillfull Survivals
The GCC and the Global Oil Market in 2016
    GRC Newsletters/Bulletins

Enter your email to get the Newsletter
GRC Publication
Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Terms & Conditions | About Us |
Weather | Qibla Directions | Hijri Date Conversion Tool
Full Page :total time:0  |   49-- 49 Middle Page :0  --   | Right : 49 - 49--en--sess-enreq-en-coming