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MUSLIM VISION OF SECULAR INDIA: Destination and Roadmap

20 August 2016

By Dr. Javed Jamil

An Approach Paper aimed at

1. Presenting a Muslim Perspective of India's national goals and policies; and

2. Developing a Comprehensive National Plan for Socioeconomic, Ideological and Political Empowerment of Muslim Indians so that they can play a meaningful role in the national and global affairs

What shall be the role of Muslims in their dear country India, which is progressing leaps and bounds on the daily basis, what shall be their destiny and the approach map to reach it, what shall be the basis of their progress in the light of Muslim and Islamic viewpoint and analysis, and what shall be the parameters of growth and progress in the light of Islamic rules and within the framework of Indian constitution these are some of the salient features of the work, which gives more emphasis on Solution rather than merely analyzing the Problem.

Frontline

'Muslim vision' of India

A concept paper on ''Muslim vision of secular India'' has been formulated by Javed Jamil. The objective is to make the community itself a major stakeholder in its development and motivate members to take their future into their own hands, for which the government will play the role of a facilitator. (Hollow promise by PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI)
Indian Express

''Following the tragedy of Partition, Muslims in India have been treated as a special species. The true secularist does not even refer to Muslims as such. They are called the minority. But are there not other minorities? Are Muslims the largest minority? Or are they, as a recent excellent paper by Javed Jamil says, the second largest majority? Does the status of a minority outrank their status as citizens? Are they the only group who has to enjoy (suffer?) this special treatment?'' (The Muslim Question by Sir Meghnad Desai October 20, 2013)

''These are the kinds of the works that need to be appreciated and implemented.'' -- Salman Khurshid, Former Minister of External Affairs

''By providing the comprehensive document covering every aspect of Muslim role in the country, Dr Jamil has given a historical document'' -- K Rahman Khan, Former Minister of Minority Affairs

''Dr Javed Jamil is a visionary who has given a vision document the like of which has never been produced before'' Sirajuddin Qureshi, President India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi

Contents

Preface
Report of the Release of ''Muslim Vision of Secular India:
Destination and Roadmap'' as document
Part A: Muslims Part of the Nation
Introduction:
''Minority'', ''Second Largest Majority'' or/and ''Part of Majority''?
What has gone wrong?
Sachar, Mishra and Kundu: Partial Reports, Partial Recommendations,
Minimal Implementation
Time to Reverse the Tide
Objectives to be achieved
Changes in Government Policies and Economic Ideology Required
Part B: Empowerment of Muslims: Muslim Vision of Holistic Approach
I. Ideological Empowerment of Muslims
Religious Education: Applied Islamics, Mosques as Islamic Centres,
Khutbas, Unity of Muslims, Interfaith Alliance for Larger
Objectives, Muslims must take lead in uniting religions
The Fourth Estate: Let Muslims also own it;
Countering Negative Campaign
II. Social Empowerment of Muslims
(i) Modern Education: Primary, Secondary, Higher,

AMU's Minority Status ` `

(ii) Health Infrastructure:
Special Efforts on Health Front needed by Muslim Community
(iii) Urban Development: Civic Amenities, Peace Cities
(iv) Rural Development
(v) Reservation
(vi) Empowerment of Youth
(vii) Empowerment of Women within Islamic framework
(viii) NGO Sector
(ix) Minority Welfare Schemes of Ministry of Minority Affairs
III. Economic Empowerment of Muslims
(i) Scope of Islamic Economics in India
(ii) Dynamic Theory of Economics: Wealth Generation
(iii) People's Corporate India: Exploring the scope of large scale
Muslim participation in Corporate Sector, especially the
Consumer Market; Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs);
Muslim share in Public Private Partnerships PPP projects;
Small businesses
Economic Relations with Muslim Countries
Islamic Finance; Shariah-compliant stock exchange
(iv) Management of Awqaf Properties
IV. Political Empowerment of Muslims
(i) Give Muslims Role in Governance; Political Parties must take
a lead in allotting more tickets and seats to Muslims;
Equal Opportunities Commission; Indian Waqf Services;
Give Minority Commission a full-fledged Statutory Status;
(ii) Delimitation of Seats
(iii) Proactive rather than reactive politics needed
(iv) Security Issues: Psychological, Physical and Social;
Communal Violence Bill

Part C- Roadmap: Need for a National Level Organisation of Muslims

Last Word

The Man behind the Work

Preface


We are not necessarily what others think of us. They have their own coloured glasses tinged with their own biases, ideological proclivities, perceptions and interests. We, Muslims, must learn to view ourselves through our own glasses. The only condition is that these glasses should be able to correct our myopic as well as hypermetropic vision. The problem with Muslims has been that for too long now they have been judging themselves and determining their goals and priorities on the basis of what others think or decide. We have forgotten that we have our own strengths and weaknesses which are often vastly different from the strengths and weaknesses that others find in us. We have our own ideological foundations, our own goals and our own ways to reach the destination. We have our own vision of the world which unfortunately we have stopped expressing and implementing. The result is that we are being perpetually kept by certain forces external as well as internal, in an unrelenting grip of inferiority complex. We are being made to keep believing that we are a lost community having hardly any appreciable strength and that our future is doomed unless we follow a certain course of action and toe a certain line. We have to learn to reject without fail such an attitude of deception towards us. This however does not mean that we must reject others' views about us altogether. Criticism often provides a unique opportunity to re-examine and refresh our approach; and if we find the criticism unwarranted it can engender a new vigour in our hearts and spirits. We must learn to make a systematic analysis of what others say and deal with the issues without being overawed or apologetic.

Indian Muslim Community is no different. In recent years, the community and its leaders seem to have forgotten to see anything beyond what Sachar committees are showing them and plan what Rangnath Mishra commissions are planning for them. There have been initiatives at small scales in different fields. But there has been hardly any national plan and national effort on the part of Indian Muslim Community to determine their own course of action, enlisting the governmental support where it is required and engaging in their own endeavours where they can and must help themselves. This work is perhaps the first of its kind as it approaches the issues of Muslims in a comprehensive way just as the Planning Commissions do for the nation and from the perspective of Muslim way of thinking. Muslims are no ordinary minority. They are not even a significant minority. They are about 180 million people. These numbers demand a big planning followed by a big effort. This approach paper endeavours to view the whole spectrum of Muslim life in the country.

I have taken care not to present Muslims as a community that cannot simply survive without help from outside. I have purposefully tried to present them as a social unit, which has huge potential not only to make themselves a dynamic, vibrant and prosperous community but also a people that can and must play a meaningful role in national and international affairs. They have a strong belief system and a religion that talks of ''promoting good and campaign against evils'' for the peaceful existence of the whole mankind. They have their own perspective with which they view the world. This Approach Paper presents their viewpoint regarding various aspects of the system, which is in force within the country and outside. The quality of system is extremely important because changing individuals or society at large is not going to deliver if the system is not right. A good system must be peace-promoting and health-protective and must guarantee security to all the sections of the people. The system must be in a position to assert itself and set the things right whenever they go wrong.

I know there will be people who will object to the approach adopted in this paper. Some of them will criticise it because of their preconceived notions developed on account of the influence of the existing ideologies. Some may argue that it is not desirable to change the course of history and Muslims must only try to benefit from what exists. I personally do not believe in continuing with the status quo and feel that ideological and social campaigns must be run to seek changes for making a healthier, purer and more peaceful world. There is no reason why we should endorse anything not good for society at large. We cannot simply become pawns in the hands of the forces that rule the roost. At the same time, I will argue with equal vehemence that we must also learn to make adjustments and to seek cooperation and collaboration with others within the acceptable limits. While we must continue our ideological drives for change, we must simultaneously continue to do what we can do in the present conditions. I believe in comprehensiveness and simultaneity of actions. Successful functioning of any system requires multi-dimensional, multi-sectoral and multi-level approach on all fronts. We cannot ignore any aspect. While we can have certain priorities, this does not mean that we cannot work simultaneously on all the major fronts. This of course requires sustained planning, division of work, coordination, monitoring, setting up of goals, through analysis of achievements and failures and readjustment of methods whenever required.
This paper is in effect a preliminary description of Muslim Vision of Secular India. India is as dear to Muslims as to other Indians, and they are equally anxious to seeing India emerge as the true leader of the mankind. India of their dreams is not a country having any hegemonic ambitions. Power at the cost of peace, human, moral and family values is devil. India of their dreams is the leader that guides the mankind to developing a healthier, purer, and more prosperous and more peaceful world, with the fruits of development reaching every human being living anywhere in the world irrespective of his caste, colour, creed and faith.

Muslims do know that, despite having emphasis on certain aspects of development, their vision is not entirely different from the vision of their fellow countrymen belonging to other religions; and this is why they have reasons to feel confident that their vision of India will be realised one day with the support of all Indians. Indian people are overwhelmingly religious, and all of them love moral values and family system practised by religion. All religious communities think almost alike as far as social and cultural values are concerned. It is this commonness rather than communal hatred, which is ultimately going to rule the nation.

I had released this document for the first time in May 2012 in a gathering attended by several ministers and top Muslim leaders, academicians and Ulama. At that time, I had said that this Approach Paper was still in a raw shape and needed considerable refinement. This is why I had suggested that it must be circulated without delay among the people who have the capability to plan and think both at the macro and micro level. I requested the experts of different fields to go into it and give their inputs along with the line of action without compromising the basic principles of comprehensiveness, simultaneity and distribution and coordination of work followed by sustained monitoring and reassessment.

The document generated huge interest among intellectuals all over the world, especially the Muslims of Indian origin. It was almost universally hailed as a historical document, the first of its kind in Independent India. The document reinvigorated interest in the issues related to the empowerment of Muslims, and many organisations and leaders, in their own way, started programmes in that direction. For the first time, people started talking about Muslim Vision, comprehensive empowerment and roadmap of development. Since its release, there has surely been a renewed and more aggressive debate on Muslim issues, with many organisations coming out with their own vision papers and roadmaps. However, where I have failed, is that I have not been able to create an organisation, which could have made serious attempts to implement the roadmap in a comprehensive and coordinated manner. There have been several reasons behind this failure, personal as well as collective, which I do not intend to discuss at this moment. I do hope that the future will see the failure turn into success. Insha Allah.

This book is a vast improvement on the document with up-gradation and addition of several issues, researches and papers. I have taken care to also incorporate the recent reports and papers on the relevant issues. Kundu Report, papers by Abu Saleh Shariff, Dhereraj K Jha, Abdul Shaban and many others have been used to present a comprehensive picture.
I do hope that this work will initiate a new movement in not only empowering the Muslim community but also in bringing out a change in the direction of the national policies from being largely oriented in favour of the elites including the corporate to that in favour of all especially the deprived masses.

Preview

''Muslim Vision of Secular India: Destination & Roadmap'' by Dr. Javed Jamil

By Syed Zubair Ahmad

This is no longer a hidden fact that the Indian Muslims are faced with problems on all fronts be it social, economic or political and they no longer enjoy their deserving place in the country. There is a long list of issues and problems, their protection is at stake and they are leading a very deplorable life from social and economic point of view. There has been a general realization during past few years that the Sachar Committee and the Ranganath Mishra Commission have encircled the issues and problems plaguing the Muslim society to a large extent but these two reports have become victims of politicization.

What shall be the role of Muslims in their dear country India that is progressing leaps and bounds on daily basis, what shall be their destiny and the approach map to reach it, what shall be the basis of their progress in the light of Muslim and Islamic viewpoint and analysis, and what shall be the parameters of growth and progress in the light of Islamic rules and within the framework of Indian constitution these are some of the salient features of Dr. Javed Jamil's latest book titled ''Muslim Vision of Secular India: Destination & Roadmap''. The book is an upgraded and modified version of the document under the same name, which was released about three years back in the midst of huge enthusiasm in the community.

The approach paper is important because it is the first comprehensive approach paper for trying to analyze the Muslim Perspective of India's goals of development and developing a national level multi-faceted, holistic strategy for the socio-economic empowerment of Muslims within the parameters of Islam, Indian culture and national interests, The paper not only makes a critical analysis of national policies and presents a Muslim perspectives of the direction in which the growth is taking place in the country, it also critically analyses the problems of the country especially related to economic disparity, erosion of human values, spread of social evils and overriding negative impact of economic forces; and critically analyses the problems Muslims are facing and discusses the various issues involved. It covers almost all range of issues from religious education to modern education, employment, absence of Muslims in corporate sector, problems in medium and small scale industries, issues related to Islamic Finance sector, urban developmental issues, rural issues, health issues, importance of NGO sector, empowerment of women within Islamic framework, social and security issues, issues related to media and many more.

It presents a plan that views Muslims as second largest majority capable of influencing all the policies and programmes being pursued in the country; but at the same time it regards them as ''minority'' in India from the constitutional point of view which should be given all the rights that are their due in that capacity. Again it emphasizes that, as poor and deprived, Muslims are part of the majority of the country which remains poor and deprived in almost all walks of life.

The Approach Paper also discusses in detail the ideological perspectives of the issues confronting the country and the community; and argues for a planning that combines ideological and practical approach to achieve the ultimate objects in minimum possible time.

Another point that the paper highlights is that the development of the country cannot be complete unless (1) it involves and benefits all the sections of society in an admirable way; (2) it takes along with it all the communities of the country without anyone of them feeling alienated, discriminated or left out; (3) It covers all the regions and states of the country; (4) It gives an equal emphasis on urban and rural development; and (5) It ensures that the growth and development take place without erosion of the moral values, strong family system, social peace and Indian cultural framework. It presents a plan the Way the Approach paper of the Planning Commission presents covering all the aspects of Muslim life. The paper argues that we should make a plan without compromising the basic principles of comprehensiveness, simultaneity and distribution of work followed by sustained monitoring and reassessment.

A salient feature of the paper is the facts and figures that are collected from several sources and their analysis for arriving at the possible solutions. It has covered not only the Sachar Committee and Rangnath Commission reports but also recent studies like the Kundu Commission Report and analysis by Saleh Shariff. It argues that the political empowerment of Muslims should occur in a way that not only Muslims get a due share in governance but they play a proactive and meaningful role in all the national and international affairs. It wants Muslims to develop into a dynamic, globally thinking community, aggressive in making efforts on all fronts not only for their own development but also for the establishment of a purer, healthier and more peaceful country as well as the world.

The Approach Paper gives more emphasis on Solution rather than merely analyzing the problem and suggests more innumerable measures in various fields. It emphasizes coordination between the governmental and community institutions as most of these measures require efforts at both the levels. He talks of empowerment on four fronts: Ideological, Social, Economic and Political. The success cannot be achieved unless Muslims focus both on their own role as well as the role of the government. While dealing with ideological empowerment, he gives an aggressive response to the machinations of the forces of Hindutva.

Dr. Javed Jamil's book will surely be studied with great optimism. It remains to be seen up to what extent the Government of India make use of this report. A blueprint or rather a roadmap to the progress of Muslims in the country has already been prepared and it is upon the decision-makers to see that adequate measures are taken for its implementation. The concluding remarks by the author are worth reproducing here:

''This paper is in effect a preliminary description of Muslim Vision of India. India of their dreams is the leader that guides the mankind to developing a healthier, purer, and more prosperous and more peaceful world, with the fruits of development reaching every human being living anywhere in the world irrespective of his caste, colour, creed and faith. Muslims do know that, despite having emphasis on certain aspects of development, their vision is not entirely different from the vision of their fellow countrymen belonging to other religions; and this is why they have reasons to feel confident that their vision of India will be realised one day with the support of all Indians. Indians on the other hand need to realise that India cannot reach its destination until Muslim becomes active partners in this pursuit. Muslims need the support of their countrymen and the countrymen must not fail them.''

The man behind the book

Dr. Javed Jamil has emerged on the international scene as a thinker with an unmatched versatility. The most admirable aspect of his work is the comprehensiveness of his approach in dealing with contemporary issues. He has already propounded several remarkable theses in various fields that range from Community Medicine to Physics, from Social Sciences to Economics and from international affairs to religion. His works include ''The Devil of Economic Fundamentalism'', ''The Killer Sex'', ''In Search of a Comprehensive Solution for AIDS'', ''Rediscovering the Universe'', ''Islam means Peace'', ''The Essence of the Divine Verses'', ''Islamic Model for Control of AIDS'', ''Family Welfare in Islam'', ''Muslims Most Civilised, Yet Not Enough'' and ''Quranic Paradigms of Sciences & Society'' (First Volume: Dynamic Paradigm of Health). His recently released Approach Paper, ''Muslim Vision of Secular India:

Destination & Roadmap'' has attracted huge attention of Muslims not only within the country but also at the international level.

A product of one of India's oldest and premier medical institutions, King George's Medical College, Lucknow, Dr. Javed Jamil is a physician by profession. However, such has been his grasp on issues related to diverse spheres of life that people often mistakenly consider him to be a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). Dr. Jamil can very well be called a man of theories. He has propounded several unconventional theories in different fields. Though it can be argued that almost all his major works are rooted in Islamic principles, he has presented his theses both in secular as well as Islamic framework. It is no wonder that he distinguishes Atheistic Secularism from Religious Secularism.
Some of the remarkable theories propounded by Dr. Jamil are as follows:

Theory of Economic Fundamentalism

The theory of Economic Fundamentalism runs through almost the entire range of his works. Even when he discusses Islam and its role in the current world, he pitches it against the ideology and forces of economic fundamentalism, which he holds responsible for almost every problem of the current world. He says:

''The think-tank of the world of economic fundamentalism has taken innumerable steps to strengthen their hold. They have sacrificed the goddess of justice before the eyes of Statue of Liberty. They have transformed through political manoeuvres the state into their estate. They have incessantly and relentlessly been trying to organise a grand farewell for religion. They have captivated the imagination of the people through the media. They have got the attire of society redesigned so that it looks gorgeous and inviting to their eyes. They have industrialised sex, in which they have discovered the hen that always lays golden eggs. They have relocated the entire educational set-up on the Wall Street. They have monopolised the tree of economy whose fruits and shadows are only theirs; others can only admire its beauty from a safe distance. They have taken science and technology as their mistresses who are always keen to offer their glorious best to them. They have nipped all the challenges in the buds by masterminding popular movements. They have lynched 'civilisation', which has been given a new incarnation; and now Bohemians are called civilised. Last but not the least, they have been busy colonising the good earth in the name of globalisation.''

Peace Economics

Dr Jamil proposes ''Peace Economics'' as the economic doctrine that must replace Economic Fundamentalism. Peace Economics is the ideology that seeks to achieve Economic and Social development without undermining the objectives of Grand Peace, which he defines as a comprehensive state comprising health of the individual, family peace and social order. In order to achieve Grand Peace, Dr Jamil has proposed an Agenda for a Cleaner, Healthier and More Peaceful World, and he calls the world of his dreams Natural World Order. He pits this against New World Order which is nothing but a system created and promoted by the forces of economic fundamentalism, primarily the corporate world.

Universal Theory of Relativity

Dr Jamil has dismissed the light-speed barrier as an artificial barrier created by Einstein. Dr Jamil argues that Einstein's fascination for light was so huge that he tried to give it a kind of absoluteness and modelled his theory of gravity on the same assumption. Dr Jamil argues that the universe is a well-organised state-like system and light-speed is too small a speed of communication to explain the governance of such a huge organisation. He has also raised serious questions on the creation and enforcement of the laws of nature, the Big Bang theory, which according to him is not a theory of creation but merely a theory of redistribution of already created mass-energy, and the philosophical concepts like determinism, time and Role of God.

Jamil's Islamic thought: Applied Islamics

Dr Javed Jamil's unshakeable faith in Qur'an as the Book of God has led him to develop Applied Islamics as a full-fledged discipline of Islamic Studies. Applied Islamics aims to study the current developments in social as well as scientific fields, campaigns and movements in the light of Islamic principles and present alternative Islamic models and programmes. He does not study Islam from the point of view of the modern developments but instead analyses modern developments in the light of Islamic principles. Even the works that are not apparently related to Islam are inspired by Islamic principles. He believes that Islam is for the whole world and the whole mankind must avail the benefits of Islam. He asserts that Muslims must take a lead in fighting against the evils that are pervading society. In his books he has been presenting alternative agenda for a healthier, cleaner and more peaceful world, obviously based on Islamic principles. In the process, he has demolished many of the current theories in the field of health, physics and economics. In the process of applying the Islamic principles in various fields, he has given new definitions of peace, new concepts of comprehensive hygiene, new definition of health, alternative Islamic Models of Family Welfare and Control of AIDS and new concepts of Economics. His biggest ambition of life is to establish a big institution of Applied Islamics.

A Man of Impact

If the novelty of work, freshness of approach, depth of thoughts, ability to influence the world and capability of revolutionizing knowledge are the criteria of greatness, Dr Javed Jamil should soon find a place in the greatest thinkers of the contemporary world. His theory of economic fundamentalism and his concept of Peace Economics, his dynamic paradigm of health and universal theory of relativity and his novel approach in Applied Islamics are great enough works to give him a permanent place in the history of knowledge.

His main contributions are at three levels:

First, he has launched an ideological onslaught against Westernism and New World Order and has presented critical analysis of Western concepts, programmes and policies particularly the concept of ''Economic Fundamentalism'', ''Freedom of Choice'' and ''Commercialisation of human weaknesses'', social vices and sexual freedom.

Second, he has presented alternative Islamic paradigms, concepts, definitions and policies in many fields including health, economics, politics, physics and social sciences. He is now credited with almost singlehandedly developing the concept of Applied Islamics.

Third, he has presented comprehensive programmes for the empowerment of Indian Muslims. He succeeded a shift from focus on merely the educational front to a comprehensive programme of empowerment involving Ideological, Social, Economic and Political Empowerment. This approach has attracted the attention of the scholars and activists who are now busy developing it further.

His major achievements can be summed up as under:

1. He was the first to organise a big political protest against Supreme Court verdict in Shah Bano case. The success of the march galvanized a big national movement leading to the change of the law by Parliament in accordance with the demands of Muslims;

2. In 1990s, His book, ''Islam and Family Planning'' changed the perception of Islamic scholars regarding the issues related to Islam and family planning. He took a balanced view and presented an Islamic Model of Family Welfare, which helped Islamic scholars in arriving at a consensus.

3. He then published ''Islamic Model for Control of AIDS'', in which he criticized the international AIDS control programme arguing that it was influenced by the interests of the market forces, and a campaign against commercialization of sex is essential to safeguard sexual health. He also suggested the inclusion of circumcision in the programme, which the WHO did several years later. He also described how the Islamic concept of Iddah can be helpful in fighting the menace.

4. With his book, ''The Devil of Economic Fundamentalism'', he for the first time challenged the international economic ideologies of Capitalism as well as Socialism, showing how dangerous these ideologies are for holistic peace. This became the central theme of all his coming works, and has the potential of emerging as the biggest philosophical revolution in future. He presented an alternative paradigm of ''Peace Economics'', which is of course based on Islamic principles.

5. He gave a new dimension to the applied studies of Islam, what he called Applied Islamics, in which the focus is on the critical appraisal of the world policies, programmes and concepts and presenting Islamic alternatives.

6. In the first decade of the 21st century, he launched a big attack on Westernism attacking its political, economic and social policies describing it as an ideology of hegemony. His works, ''Westernism: An Ideology of Hegemony'' (circulated on Net forums, not yet published), ''Islam means Peace'' and ''Muslims Most Civilised, Yet Not Enough'' attracted the attention of the international scholars, especially Islamic activists. His call for abandoning defensive and apologetic approach and for an ideological onslaught on New World Order gave rise to a new approach. 

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