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‘UPA too has failed Muslims’

‘Nine years of UPA government has only bamboozled the community through promises.’

MOHAMMED ANAS  New Delhi | 6th Jul 2013

Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood

or Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood, the man who presented to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi a list of Muslim grievances against the Bhartiya Janata Party and Modi government's negligence for the rehabilitation of 2002 riots victims at the Young Leaders Conference in Gandhinagar last week, presenting the case of the Muslims before the government, political parties and media is a lifetime mission. He blames the Congress-led UPA government equally as he lashes at the BJP for its anti-Muslim agenda.

"Nine years of UPA government has only bamboozled the community through promises like reservation, amalgamation of the Wakf Act, etc," he said.

A retired bureaucrat, Mahmood was Official on Special Duty with the Central-government appointed Sachar Committee, which researched the decline of the Muslim community and suggested remedies for that. "But the UPA government hasn't done anything substantial to implement recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Commission which was constituted to suggest ways to improve the condition of the Muslim community as revealed by the Sachar Committee," he added.

"And I hope it was after people like me highlighted the need for Muslims to be appointed on higher administrative posts in the country, Muslims were appointed as Chief Justice of India and Intelligence Bureau chief for the first time in our country," he said. He added that this week's appointment of Jamia Millia Islamia university vice-chancellor Najeeb Jung to the post of Lieutenant Governor of Delhi is also another addition to such appointments.

But he also sees political connotation behind these moves. "It's possible that these are political stunts and are manipulated by the Congress party to entice Muslim votes," he said.

Of his presentation before Modi, Mahmood said that he made it clear to Gujarat Chief Minister that his party will have to shun the "in-built anti-Muslim biases" from its ideology if it seeks to return to power at the Centre.

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