About the Book
In today’s world and times, it is important to look at what the vision for Indian Muslims should look like. Formulating a vision statement for an entire community is an onerous responsibility and therefore needs to be done with great care and wide consultations across the country to garner thoughts on what Muslims in India today face and what the country holds out for them in the next ten years. The study, which was coordinated by Dr. Amir Ullah Khan and Dr. Abdul Azim Akhtar, is divided in five parts, each one focusing on gathering various strands of insight and information, and include a nationwide survey, state level workshops, national conference, interviews with people, and research papers from experts and researchers. The attempt is bring together views from all sections of society.
Editors of the study Amir Ullah Khan and Abdul Azim Akhtar says, 'We envision an India in 2025, where all Muslims are assured of, and have access to, equitable and inclusive growth through public and private service delivery and are able to pursue their aspirations with the optimal health, education, wellbeing and quality of life'.
Education- There is a special need to improve quality of education in schools. Successful interventions like the Gyan Shala or the ENH Foundation’s initiatives can be brought in to help primary schools achieve quality education.
Both Public and Private Universities must recruit larger number of Muslims in their higher education programs.
Health- Improvement of public health facilities by setting up more hospitals in the Muslim dominated localities is a necessity.
Entrepreneurship and employment- Most Muslims are engaged in self-employment activities and their participation in agricultural activity is very low. So, policies for employment generation within the Muslims should target non-agricultural sectors.
Housing- Government should ensure equity in housing. So, 20% of houses in urban areas and 5% in rural areas should be allocated to Muslims.
Credit and Financial Inclusion- There shall be group lending approach to Muslims who mostly work in informal sectors and seek petty loans.
Government employment- To overcome the under-representation of Muslims in administrative services like IAS, IPS and IFS, attempts should be made to fill the gap through promotion quota from cadres in state service.
“Muslims across the country have had lesser exposure and access than the average Indian to primary education, healthcare and credit, and have often fallen prey to discrimination and ethnic violence. Issues pertaining to inadequacy in education, lack of institutional support, weak economic conditions, lack of employment and employability, cultural gap, inadequate representation in administrative bodies, lack of security, lack of adequate reservations, etc. have cropped up time and again in recent history”.