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Role of Muslims not portrayed properly: Azad

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History and textbooks ignoring community's contribution, says Union Minister

Attentive:The congregation at the public meeting of Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind on Thursday.— Photo: G. RAMAKRISHNA
Attentive:The congregation at the public meeting of Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind on Thursday.— Photo: G. RAMAKRISHNA

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad observed that the role of Muslims in the Indian history, including in the struggle for independence, was not portrayed properly in the history books as well as in the textbooks in any State.

Addressing a public meeting organised by the Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind on the occasion of its second State-level meeting here on Thursday night, Mr. Azad asserted that Muslims of the country did not lag behind others in the fight for the country's independence but they were ahead of others. Unfortunately, the facts were not put in proper perspective in the history, he stated.

Going into the history of Jamiat, Mr. Azad said it was established much before the India National Congress and had taken part in the 1857 rebellion. It was on August 31, 1920 that Jamiat had called for non-cooperation against the British and called for boycott of the Simon Commission much before the INC did, he pointed out.

The Jamiat was also against the partition of the country even as another Muslim outfit led by Mohammed Ali Jinnah insisted upon the division. Stating that Muslims were an integral part of Indian history, culture and heritage he said there was nothing wrong in their demand for reservation as they were backward.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, in his speech, listed out the welfare schemes being implemented by the Congress government in the State since 2004 and promised to fulfil the community's every just demand. A training centre would be set up in the Haj House being planned near Rajiv Gandhi International Airport for coaching of Muslim youth for civil services, he announced.

National president of Jamiat S.M. Osman Sahab Mansurpuri, State president Peer Shabbir Ahmed, Rajya Sabha member and general secretary of Jamiat M.S.M. Asad Madani, former Minister Md. Shabbir Ali and others spoke.


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