Problems of Indian Muslims

Between 2001 and 2011 census the Muslim population in India has grown by 24 per cent against the all India average of 18 per cent with the community’s representation rising to 14.2 from 13.4 per cent of total population. This projects a rosy picture of the Muslims in India. However, they continue to suffer in one-way or the other and are considered vermin. Their representation in government and semi-government services is microscopic. Justice (retired) Rajinder Sacher has rightly said, “For Muslims there are surveys.” According to him, the plight of Muslims in India is worse than the Dalits—considered the most marginalised and oppressed in India. However, Dalits have reservation in technical institutions and government services, for Muslims, there are only surveys.  There is no denying the fact that a few pseudo-Muslims have prospered in India but by and large it continues to be a place where a Yusuf Khan can achieve fame and name only after becoming a Dilip Kumar. Besides the communal forces and a hostile government, the Muslims have to blame themselves for the mess they find themselves locked in. Even in the 21st century they continue to fly kites and pigeons. Very few women seek education and the results are obvious. There are only three issues for Indian Muslims—Aligarh Muslim University, Muslim Personal Law and Urdu. And the government ensures that they (Muslims) remain obsessed with the trio. Muslim Personal Law for the information of Muslims is a divine law and Allah has promised to protect and preserve it. And, it can be best preserved by observance. How many Muslims perform marriage in accordance with the divine law? It may be true that most of the Urdu knowing persons are Muslims. But not all Muslims know Urdu. Muslims love Urdu not because it is a divine language. The reasons are different. Most of the Muslims in this part of the world do not know Arabic. For easy and effective understanding of the commoner, religious literature has been produced in bulk in Urdu. It is, therefore, a mere medium of acquiring religious knowledge. It is no surprise then that the politicians have exploited Indian Muslims to the hilt in the name of preserving Urdu.
The sooner Muslims understand this, the quicker their problems would get solved. As far as AMU is concerned, it has now grown in shape and size. It was only a school when Sir Syed Ahmad Khan founded it. Protecting, preserving and patronizing the university is a compulsion for a `secular’ India. It will be suicidal for the Indian government to change its name. The Muslims, therefore, need not to worry. The Muslims can change their fate in India by seeking education. Remember seeking education is obligatory for every Muslim.

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