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15-Point Charter of Demands For Muslims In India

Adopting a resolution in parliament accepting 1987, 1992, 2002 & 2013 as state crimes and setting up a separate court to deliver justice in cases of state orchestrated mass murder in a time bound manner.

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Muslims are the most educationally and economically marginalized vis-a-vis other religious communities in India. They are discriminated and are increasingly attacked and lynched across India, instilling alienation in the community. Further, the Indian state has been unfair to Indian Muslims, when it comes to satisfying ‘collective conscience’. With these in mind, as we remember once more Ambedkar on his Jayanti, and take inspiration from him,  I have drafted a charter of demands that broadly cover Muslim India’s aspirations, and have already been raised time and again by sections of civil society.
Following are the 15 points in which I have summarized the community’s demands.
At the outset, please note that it’s a draft of the bare minimum the community  needs after seven decades in independent India, and it is open for further deliberations. I would like to receive feedback on this from readers.

1. Removal of Hindu bias from the constitution evident in Article 1, 25 (a)(b), 48, 341, 343, 351 and in 8th Schedule, detailed as under, through a constitution amendment bill: –

a) Article 1 – Pertaining to name of the country, India i.e Bharat .

b) Article 25 (2)(b) – Facilitating homogenization & consolidation of Hindu identity by having an assimilationist attitude towards Sikhs, Jains &Budhists.

c) Article 48 – Prohibiting cow slaughter.

d) Article 341 and the resultant presidential orders defining Scheduled castes and conferring privileges thereupon, effectively restricting Muslims from state sponsored affirmative actions.

e) Article 343 – Declaring Hindi as the official language of the union, and additionally, according it status of national official language, the language of union and center-state exchanges.

f) Article 351 – Directive for the development of Hindi language and promotion of its vocabulary by relying primarily on Sanskrit.

g) Eight Schedule – Inclusion of Sanskrit in eighth schedule, spoken by a only a few hundred people while keeping out dozens of tribal languages.

2. Commissioning of a constitutional body on the lines of Equal Opportunities commission as envisaged in the Sachar committee report, duty bound to periodically assess the socio economic and political condition of minorities and to formulate the corrective course of action that are binding on the government of the day.

3. Providing proportionate representation through an amendment to the constitution and giving it the precedence as basic structure, thereby fortifying it and raising the question of representation to the level of inalienable rights, and paving the way for sector specific enabling legislative enactment.

4. Bringing in legislation for providing reservation to Muslims from parliament to gram panchayat, education, services, paramilitary and armed forces, police, judiciary and every other state outlet where reservations are in place or are necessary to meet proportionate representation.

5. To wedge the systemic bias and to ensure equal opportunity through meaningful employment avenues, providing reservation in private sector for Muslims and other marginalized groups & amendment of the labor law and companies act to ensure compliance to this end.

6. Abolition of draconian laws like UAPA, NSA, GUJCOCA, MCOCA, Sedition and AFSPA that confer upon the security state predatory powers over its citizens which are disproportionately used against the minorities and other marginalized groups, and have badly failed in acting as a deterrence in stopping organized crime, while simultaneously destroying life and livelihood of scores of young men and their families.

7. Legislation on the line of SC ST atrocities act criminalizing derogatory remarks and other verbal or physical acts of harassment against minorities .

8. Ensuring time bound and speedy trial in atrocities cases where Muslims are a victim and in terror cases where they have been held accused.

9. To discourage law enforcing agencies’ overdrive and resist their urge to prove their efficiency by making arrests without sufficient material evidence,providing for liability in the form of adequate and fair compensation to be borne by investigating officers were Muslims implicated in fabricated cases are to be found innocent after trial.

10. Financial empowerment and devolution of additional powers to third tier of democracy i.e. gram panchayats and municipal corporations providing geographical uniformity in distribution of funds within an administrative area, closing chances of arbitrariness and bias and ensuring necessary and sufficient funds at the disposal of the immediate representative.

11. No retrospective classification of nationality to be allowed and any such process underway to be declared null and void with immediate effect.

12. Resettlement, Rehabilitation and compensation commensurate for a dignified life to be provided for where claims are pending in riot cases.

13. Extending state protection and patronage to village and small-scale industries employing skilled and unskilled Muslim artisans in order to secure livelihood and preserve their craft.

14. On the lines of the popular legal maxim that Justice should not only be done, it should also appear to have been done, every judicial bench with more than one judge to be configured in a way so as to represent the diversity of the country.

15. Adopting a resolution in parliament accepting 1987, 1992, 2002 & 2013 as state crimes and setting up a separate court to deliver justice in cases of state orchestrated mass murder in a time bound manner.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Part 10 needs to be revisited as Finance Commissions have formed parameters for devolution of funds to rural/urban local bodies .
    Part 4 uses word outlet۔It should be agency or instru mentality۔
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