Save the Country & Community
Read: Memorandum in Urdu
Lucknow, 28 April 2011
Read: Memorandum in Hindi
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, pressing for its demands for reservation for Muslims, new law for prevention of communal riots and just and equitable compensation to the victims and protection of waqf property launched today its nationwide satyagrah, under the banner
“Save the Country and Nation Movement” (Mulk-o-Millat Bachao Tahreek) from Lucknow where its first batch of 313 volunteers led by JUH President Maulana Qari Usman offered court arrest in Police line in the presence of thousands of Jamiat supporters. The police took them to the magistrate where they submitted their memorandum. Those arrested were later released on personal bond.
Among arrested included Maulana Mahmood Madani, Maulana Hakeemuddin qasmi, Maulana Hayatullah Qasmi, President Jamiat Unit Uttar Pradesh, Maulana Usama, Mufti Salman Mansoori, Maulana Abdul Moied Qasmi, Mufti Affan etc.
Before the arrest an agitation was launched at Jiyotiba Phule Park Chawk, Luckow where addressing the crowd Maulana Mahmood Madani said that the UPA Govt. and its Prime Minister had failed in their oft-repeated commitment to the minorities and weaker Sections especially Muslims to remove inequalities and imbalances. The first substantial step taken by the Prime Minister in this direction was the appointment of Justice Sachar Committee. It reflected some seriousness in the avowed commitment especially after the committee established the plight of Muslims through data provided in its report about the social, economic and educational status of the Muslim community in the country. Thereafter Justice Ranganath Mishra Commision recommended grant of reservation to minorities and amendment to Article 341 to remove religious bias besides a host of developmental measures.
But nothing substantive has come out in terms of action despite the fact that UPA’s 2nd term is half way through. Explaining his recent struggle Maulana Madani said, In May last year we started this movement but after meet with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi relying on their promises to fulfill our demands, we gave 6 months deadline. Our delegation also called on Sonia Gandhi on January, 9 2011 to remind her of her promises, but till now no action has been taken by the government in this direction.
Memorandum Of Demands
1. Conservation of Waqf properties
It is a matter of concern and apprehension that despite implementation of Awqaf act 1995, illegal tempering with and unlawful encroachment on the waqf properties is still going on. Neglecting the intentions and the will of the donor, the income of the waqf properties is being exploited for personal benefits.
We feel that the Awkaf Act of 1995 has also lost its utility owing to the bureaucratic apathy and prejudices. Consequently, encroachment on the wakf properties is still going on unchecked. The Sachar Committee had also taken serious notice of this aspect and a recently constituted parliamentary awkaf committee, created for the sole purpose of safety and protection of wakf properties, has also expressed its concern on this sorry state of affairs. In view of that, Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind demands:
That the Wakf Act 1995 be honestly and strongly implemented after making suitable amendments, and the wakf properties, which are valued in billions, be properly managed as per the will of the dowers.
All the wakf properties be exempted from the Rent Control Act and it shouldn’t be left merely on the discretion of the bureaucrats.
The Wakf Act should be suitably amended to get the wakf properties vacated as per the pattern of the Public Property Act.
The function of the Muslims awkaf is remodeled on the pattern of the gurudwara prabandhak committees.
Government and non- government encroachments on waqf properties be removed
Effective steps be taken for conservation of awqaf.
Proper utilization of the income received out of that be ensured.
Mosques under the custody of the government should be restored to Muslims and allow them to perform their five time prayers freely.
2. Reservation for Muslims
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind expresses its concern on the nominal presence of Muslims in educational institutions and legislative institutions like the Parliament, state assemblies and the village panchayats, due to a persistent discrimination against them. In the last general election, their representation has drastically dropped as compared to earlier. As per the government figures, the Muslims constitute more than 13% of the Indian population but their representation in various spheres is less than 2%. It has resulted into their extreme poverty and socio-economic and educational backwardness. The discrimination against the Muslims in the official, semi-official and representative institutions has been going on for the last 62 years. Their recruitment in the army, intelligence and other important institutions is almost totally banned. It is believed that discrimination is made against them in the UPSC and other administrative exams too. The Justice Sachar Committee report has proved that the economic, educational, political and social condition of the Muslims in India is worse than that of Dalits. This house therefore demands that:
The Muslims should be given representation in all spheres in accordance with their proportion of population. To ensure this, the constitutional and the legal hurdles, if any, should immediately be removed. The Muslims should be declared the most backward community.
Separate quota should be earmarked for the Muslims OBC sections which are recognised by and listed in the Mandal Commission.
Article 341 of the constitution must be amended and secularized to end discrimination on the basis of religion. All Dalits must be treated at par irrespective of religion.
3. Communal Violence bill
Jamiat Ulama-i- Hind expresses its deep concern that despite the recurring communal violence in the country, no law for prevention of riots has been introduced so far. The United Progressive Alliance had promised to bring an effective and comprehensive legislation to deal with the communal riots but despite having completed major part of its second term, has done nothing hopeful in this direction.
In order to avert the communal riots, a law must be introduced to hold higher officials and district administration responsible for the outbreak of violence. This law must also have provisions to provide uniform compensation to the victims irrespective of their caste, creed or community. Protection of life and property of citizens is the prime responsibility of the government, and therefore we demand from the government to come out with an effective law to combat existing situation so that the life and property of the innocent citizens should be well protected and justice is ensured for the victims.