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December 17, 2013

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And certainly they don’t offer hope. Ever since the new dispensation came to power at the center, these people have been talking about nothing but how suffocated the Muslims and the minorities are feeling. They are also talking about the increased level of ‘marginalization’ of Muslims across the country, without actually elaborating on how they are feeling canada goose outlet authentic marginalized.

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Canada Goose Outlet A bearded Gujarati businessman, Zafar Sareshwala, whose business interests include BMW agencies besides non banking financial institutions, is also chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University, better known by its acronym MANU. A close confidante of Prime Minister Narendra Modi he is his point man for the community canada goose outlet vancouver and has been trying to reach out to the Muslim leaders. “Muslim leadership first thought that Modi government will not just scrap ministry of minority affairs, but also all other minority related schemes including scholarships. When he didn’t do it and instead increased the allocations for all the said schemes, Muslims leaders felt disappointed”, says Sareshwala. Canada Goose Outlet

buy canada goose jacket cheap He says, “Modi is not anti Muslims. He is pro development and has said time and again that without Muslims riding the development plank the nation cannot move forward. But Modi wants Muslims to avail many other schemes that are also available to general population. While under minority scholarship scheme, a student in high school gets Rs 500 scholarship. canada goose jacket outlet uk In Gujarat we have Rs 2600 scholarship for general category students at the same level. Modi wonders why Muslims don’t apply under this scheme when it gets them five times more money. He asked me to bring to his notice any case in which a Muslim kid was refused scholarship meant for general category students and we found no complaint of the sort”. buy canada goose jacket cheap

canada goose clearance sale When asked why Prime Minister doesn’t stop people like Prawin Togadia, Sadhvi Prachi and others of their ilk who continue to spew venom against minorities in general and Muslims in particular, he said, “these people are going to become irrelevant in the days to come”. canada goose clearance sale

“Modi means business and these people, despite all their efforts canada goose outlet florida have failed to make any difference as far as policies of the government are concerned”, says Sareshwala.

While talking about the recent controversy surrounding his gate crashing the Muslim Personal law Board meet in Jaipur he says, he didn’t go there to attend the meet. “Why will I go there to attend the meet in the first place? In fact when the controversy began and people reportedly started shouting slogans against me, I had already canada goose outlet paypal left the place. I had gone to meet some old family friends like Maulana Salman Nadvi and Maulana Rabe Hasani Nadwi. I am no stranger to Personal Law Board and our family has organized several similar meetings of the AIMPLB in the past. I was in town and just went to see some of the buzurgs (elderly figures) with whom we have maintained close relations for decades”.

canada goose clearance When asked why he wants Muslims to reach out to the new government he says, “Muslims are too big a community to remain on the margins. Muslims need good education, they want job, they want government loans for setting up businesses and taking their businesses to the next level. And without reaching out to government they cannot do many of these things effectively. And when they don’t reach mycanadagoosejacket out, their space will be taken by people who don’t have community’s interest close to their heart”. canada goose clearance

“Modi is the Prime canada goose outlet store near me Minister of the country and he is no longer the leader of a political party. They should reach out to him as a prime minister. I know that many of the people who oppose him on different forums, the same people spend their full energies in getting an appointment with him. When his name was announced for NDA’s candidate for Prime Minister, hundreds of delegations of Muslims met him”, says Sareshwala.

Canada Goose sale But Sareshwala couldn’t come up with any explanation as to why almost all the big fishes involved in Gujarat riots of the year 2002 are being set free one after the other since the new government came to power. He seems to be richly rewarded for his proximity to Modi by being appointed canada goose outlet as the chancellor of a central university in Hyderabad. Canada Goose sale

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Muslims remain marginalized in the Indian society. The level of marginalization has increased over the years, irrespective of the fact as to whoever is in power. While the Congress canada goose uk site party has remained in power for more than fifty years in the country, we have seen governments of different hues. But no one did much. In areas where Muslims have become pro active regarding education and economy, they have improved a lot. It is about time they did it across the country. They have lived on emotive issues for far too long, let them do some ground work and use all government schemes to take the community forward. He has written several books on Muslims and Islam in India including Understanding Muslim Leadership in India.

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