NEW DELHI

Ansari for empowerment of Muslim community

Vice President Hamid Ansari releasing a new book, “Muslims of India Since Partition” authored by columnist Balraj Puri (extreme right), along with former Foreign Secretary Muchkund Dubey (second from left) in New Delhi on Saturday.

Vice President Hamid Ansari releasing a new book, “Muslims of India Since Partition” authored by columnist Balraj Puri (extreme right), along with former Foreign Secretary Muchkund Dubey (second from left) in New Delhi on Saturday.  

NEW DELHI: Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Saturday called for empowerment of the Muslim community by removing their educational backwardness.

Releasing a new book, “Muslims of India Since Partition” authored by seasoned columnist Balraj Puri, the Vice-President said that talking about Muslims after Partition became unfashionable. “History does not allow us to go into details but as we examine the writings of 1947, the period has not been covered in totality. Muslims are a significant and substantial segment of the Indian population,” he added.

Referring to the Census figures of the minority population at 19.5 per cent in 2001, Mr. Ansari explained that recognising this percentage meant every fifth Indian belongs to a religious minority.

Quoting the much-talked about Sachar Committee’s Report, “Socio-economic conditions of Indian Muslims”, the Vice-President said Muslims in India still lagged way behind in education.

“As a responsible State, it is essential to take affirmative actions,” he asserted.

The Vice-President described the new book as an objective study of the Muslim community which also includes some references to pre-Partition lessons and Islam, based on its acknowledged authorities.

Former Foreign Secretary Muchkund Dubey complimented the author for making a pioneering contribution to the discourse on the problems of Muslims in India.

Author Balraj Puri touched upon the importance of the Indian Muslim community in the modern age and said that “the experiment of Islam in India is unique and therefore it has a lesson for the rest of the world”.

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