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Milli Ittehad [December 2004]

 

 

 

In the name of Allah, the most Benevolent, the most Beneficent

AIMC Efforts for a Sub Quota for Muslim and Other Marginalized Women within Women Quota Turn into a Movement


Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam

Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi

Maulana Abdullah Mughisi

Thanks to the efforts of the All India Milli Council (AIMC), the demand for amendments in the Women Reservation Bill 2008 (108th Constitutional Amendment Bill) to make provisions for a sub-quota for Muslim and other backward women within quota for general women is now turning into a mass movement.

Different Muslim organizations, institutions and individuals as well as groups and individuals belonging to other minorities and weaker sections, including Dalits are coordinating with the movement steered by the AIMC. They include both factions of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, both factions of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind, Indian Association of Muslim Social Scientists (IAMSS), Movement for Empowerment of Muslim Indians (MOEMIN), Muslim Women’s Welfare Organization, Insan Dost Council, People’s Movement of India (PMI), Dr B R Ambedkar Sewa Dal and Samajik Nayay Morcha,

It was a prelude to victory when the all-party meeting convened on April 5, 2010 in New Delhi by the Central Government to reach a consensus on the said Bill before the start of the second half of the Budget Session on April 15, 2010, faced growing dissent and it was decided to consult former Supreme Court Chief Justice Ranganath Mishra on the issue before the next meeting.

It is to point out that the National Commission on Religious and Linguistic Minorities headed by him has already recommended 10 per cent reservation for Muslims and 5 per cent for other minorities on ground of backwardness. It is hoped that he would obviously be expressing his view on the line of his findings in the above report.

It is said that the Muslim opinion mobilized by the AIMC in the last about 14 years and the firm stand of the Yadav Trio, comprising Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, Samajwadi supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and Janata Dal (United) supremo Sharad Yadav, supported by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamta Bannerjee, Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar and National Conference supremo Dr Farooque Abdullah, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati as well as Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s coming in favour of a sub quota within women quota and BJP’s opposition to the use of marshals to throw dissenting MPs out during a vote despite its rendering support to the Bill in its present form during the April 5 all-party meeting, isolated the Congress and then the above decision was taken.


A view of silent march on March 8, 2010 in New Delhi from Jantar Mantar Road to Parliament House

The opposition to the Women Reservation Bill (81st Constitutional Amendment Bill) that began soon after its introduction on September 12, 1996 by the United Front Government headed by H D Deve Gowda, turned into a movement following the historic resolution passed by the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the AIMC on July 26, 1998 at Hazrat Nizamuddin East, New Delhi under the stewardship of its founder-Secretary General Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi, popularly known as Qazi Saheb, then fighting the dreaded Cancer, and Acting Secretary General Dr Mohammed Manzoor Alam. Qazi Saheb passed away on April 4, 2002. However, the movement continued and has now reached its climax.

Meanwhile, the Women Reservation Bill also remained under discussion in 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2003 in the Lok Sabha during the government of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA headed by Atal Behari Vajpayee. It was presented in the Rajya Sabha in 2008 by the Congress-led UPA Government headed by Dr Manmohan Singh to save it from dying. On March 9, 2010 it was passed by Rajya Sabha with the use of marshals as the 108th Constitutional Amendment Bill. As is obvious, the said Bill took about 14 years to get passed by Rajya Sabha. However, it is still not known what would be its fate.

The opposition to the Women Reservation Bill doesn’t mean opposition to the reservation for women. Rather, it is opposition to it in its present form. The standpoint of the opponents is that the Bill in its present form would further empower the high caste women already empowered and as a result of this, those belonging to the minorities and weaker sections, comprising 75 per cent of the country’s total population would become weaker and disempowered further.

So far as the representation of Muslim women in Lok Sabha is concerned, it is most surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 members could be elected from 1952 to 2009. The following list of the 14 Muslim women MPs in Independent India also makes it clear that most of them hailed from affluent and political families:   

1. Mufida Ahmad, Congress, Jorhat (Assam), 1957; 2. Rasheeda Haque Chaudhary, Congress, Silchar (Assam), 1977; 3. Nazneen Farooque, Congress, Nowgong (Assam), 1996; 4. Maimoona Sultan, Congress, Bhopal (MP), 1957 and 1962; 5. Zohraben Akbarbhai Chawda, Congress, Banaskantha (Gujarat), 1962; 6. Akbar Jahan Begum, National Conference (NC), Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), 1977 and 1984; 7. Mahbooba Begum, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anantnag (Jammu and Kashmir), 2004; 8. Mohsena Qidwai, Congress, Azamgarh and Meerut, 1978, 1980 and 1984; 9. Begum Abeda Ahmad, Congress, Bareilly (UP), 1981 and 1984; 10. Begum Noor Bano, Congress, Rampur (UP), 1996 and 1999; 11. Rubab Syeda, Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahraich (UP), 2004; 12. Tabassum Begum, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Kairana (UP), 2009; 13. Qaiser Jahan, BSP, Sitapur UP), 2009; and 14. Mausam Benazir Noor, Congress, Malda North (West Bengal), 2009.


The AIMC CWC resolution, dated July 26, 1998, is said to be the first milestone in the history of the movement for a women reservation law meant for all women, not only those hailing from the high castes and affluent families. Following is the historic resolution of the Central Working Committee of the AIMC:

“So far as the Women Reservation Bill is concerned, the All India Milli Council (AIMC) feels that in fact the factor responsible for the Bill is not the concern for the welfare of the women rather it is perhaps a new tactics of a shrewd and narrow-minded group engaged in targeting a large number of people of India with its atrocities and persecution and now wants to extend and prolong the period of its political dominance from the shoulders of the innocent women of our country in the wake of the diminishing magic of its racial superiority. One point that is said to justify the case of reservation for the women is that they are not getting their due share in spite of their being in a large number in the country. Milli Council wants to make it clear on this occasion that at present the section that is most persecuted and deprived is of Muslims and has not got an adequate representation in the country’s governance. Therefore, the logical conclusion of the factors responsible behind the demand of reservation for women is that some provision should be made for adequate representation of Muslims in the law-making institutions.

“Milli Council also feels that the Bill of reservation for women is actually a source of getting the votes of the women. Therefore, willingly or unwillingly, all the political parties are adopting dichotomy in policy in this case and also don’t want to take responsibility of not getting it passed upon their heads. On the other hand, they also don’t want to face its consequences. In such a situation, the Milli Council considers it necessary to express its view that such kind of reservation should be reflective of correct and justifiable representation of the Indian people. There should not be division of people on the basis of caste and creed, using such slogans for gaining votes. We apprehend that there would be more disintegration of our society with the passage of this Bill. Milli Council feels that there should be made such amendments in the Bill that ensure representation to the minorities, Dalits and backward sections in proportion to their population.”

This historic resolution was followed by another resolution passed at the meeting of the AIMC’s Central Working Committee held on June 9, 2009 at the building of the Islamic Fiqah Academy (IFA), Jogabai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi. It was presided over by AIMC President Maulana Hakim Mohammed Abdullah Mughisi. To give it momentum further, the AIMC called a national convention on the Women Reservation Bill and passed a 4-point resolution. It also passed a resolution on the occasion of its 13th annual conference held on January 30-3l, 2010 at Kolkata (West Bengal), reiterating its demand for amendments in the Women Reservation Bill to create a sub-quota for the minorities and other weaker sections. Later, on the eve of the passage of the Bill by Rajya Sabha, it organized a national silent march on March 8, 2010 in New Delhi from Jantar Mantar Road to Parliament House to mark the International Women’s Day, and released a memorandum which was presented to the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha. Similarly, the state branches of AIMC organized silent marches in their state capitals on April 12, 2010 and presented a joint memorandum to the Governor and Chief Minister of the state concerned. The silent marches brought out at central and state levels by the AIMC in collaboration with other Muslim and non-Muslim organizations were the first of its kind in persuasion to its demands. 

Meanwhile, the AIMC organized a number of press conferences, issued statements to the press and wrote letters to important persons like Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Rajya Sabha Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson Hamid Ansari and K Rahman Khan, respectively, UPA Chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, and leaders of other political parties.

The entire struggle was covered widely by the media, both print and electronic. It also found a substantial space in the web media. Following are the texts of the above mentioned documents:  

Documents on Women Reservation Bill

Four Historic Resolutions

(I)

AIMC Central Working Committee Resolution,

Hazrat Nizamuddin East, New Delhi, Dated July 26, 1998

So far as the Women Reservation Bill is concerned, the All India Milli Council (AIMC) feels that in fact the factor responsible for the Bill is not the concern for the welfare of the women rather it is perhaps a new tactics of a shrewd and narrow-minded group engaged in targeting a large number of people of India with its atrocities and persecution and now wants to extend and prolong the period of its political dominance from the shoulders of the innocent women of our country in the wake of the diminishing magic of its racial superiority. One point that is said to justify the case of reservation for the women is that they are not getting their due share in spite of their being in a large number in the country. Milli Council wants to make it clear on this occasion that at present the section that is most persecuted and deprived is of Muslims and has not got an adequate representation in the country’s governance. Therefore, the logical conclusion of the factors responsible behind the demand of reservation for women is that some provision should be made for adequate representation of Muslims in the law-making institutions.

Milli Council also feels that the Bill of reservation for women is actually a source of getting the votes of the women. Therefore, willingly or unwillingly, all the political parties are adopting dichotomy in policy in this case and also don’t want to take responsibility of not getting it passed upon their heads. On the other hand, they also don’t want to face its consequences. In such a situation, the Milli Council considers it necessary to express its view that such kind of reservation should be reflective of correct and justifiable representation of the Indian people. There should not be division of people on the basis of caste and creed, using such slogans for gaining votes. We apprehend that there would be more disintegration of our society with the passage of this Bill. Milli Council feels that there should be made such amendments in the Bill that ensure representation to the minorities, Dalits and backward sections in proportion to their population.

(II)

AIMC Central Working Committee Resolution, Islamic

Fiqah Academy, Jogabai, New Delhi, Dated June 9, 2009

The Muslims have got their own reservations on the Women Reservation Bill because the government is not thinking for any quota for the Muslim community. The need is that the government should notice the declining graph of Muslims in the law-making institutions like Parliament and Assemblies seriously and take measures with honesty to ensure proportional representation therein. It was decided that Milli Council should work out details from the point of view that how we should struggle for our own rights. It was also decided that we should have a dialogue in a proper way with the group opposed to the reservation for women.   

(III)

4-Point Resolution, National Convention, Ghalib Academy,

New Delhi, Dated June 27, 2009

  1. While the national convention participated by different Muslim and non-Muslim organizatios welcomes the reservation for women in the Parliament and State Assemblies, it disapproves its passage in the present form as it is likely to mar the prospects of a participative, distributive and inclusive justice and equality for all the women folk of India including the women belonging to the dalit, minorities specially the Muslim women and the most backward of the backward women like nomads.
  2. This national convention feels strongly that the Bill, if passed into an Act in its present form, will further strengthen and empower the already educated and economically empowered ladies and upper caste/class Hindu ladies and those who come, with some exceptions, from political families as daughters, wives etc of male political leaders. It is genuinely feared that the proposed Act will utterly fail in bringing the dalit, minority and OBC women into the Parliament, unless there is separate reservation for including the excluded, neglected and deprived classes, caste, regions and communities. As a constitutional imperative the ‘equals’ and the ‘unequals’ ought to be treated as two separate groups and ought not to be mingled together qua reservation in the Parliament and the State Assemblies.
  3. 3. The national convention strongly feels and recommends to the Central Government that there must be a provision for sub-quota within quota for the dalit women, minority women and other most backward women. This is necessary to make the constitutional mandate of the equality principle enshrined under Article 14, 15 and 16 of the Constitution of India a living reality.
  4. The national convention again strongly feels that the Muslims have been persistently under-represented from the first to the fifteenth Lok Sabha to the extent of about 50 per cent, with periodic and regional variations. In State Assemblies their level of deprivation has been above 50 per cent, again with regional and periodic variations. This has happened in spite of the solemn assurance given to minorities, especially Muslims in the Constituent Assembly by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in May 1949, while scrapping the Draft Articles 242 and 244, which provided for population-based reservation of seats for minorities under joint electorate, that even without such Constitutional safeguards, minorities would be ensured due share in legislature. Pandit Nehru called this promise “an act of faith above all for the majority community because they will have to show after this that they can behave to others in a generous, fair and just way. Let us live up to that faith”. This promise, however, remained unfulfilled, largely owing to a) under-nomination of Muslims by all political parties; b) first-past-the-post system and c) territorial distribution of Muslims. It is a pity that no review of Muslim under-representation was ever undertaken by any Committee on electoral reforms. The same reasons that justify reservation for women, i.e., recourse to special measures for under-represented segments of society to make democracy inclusive, justify special measures for underrepresented minority communities, Dalits and OBCs. It follows from this that Muslim women, whose community representation is already less than 50% of their due share must get a proper quota as per their share in populace to reduce community under-representation. Likewise, other minority women and Dalit and OBC women must also get their due share as per their numerical strength.

(iv)

AIMC 13th All India Conference Kolkata Resolution

on Women Reservation Bill, Dated January 31, 2010

This session of All India Milli Council demands appropriate amendments in the Women Reservation Bill to provide a quota within quota for the Muslim women.

2 Joint Consultation Meetings

(I)

IOS Meeting Room, New Delhi, Dated November 15, 2009

A joint meeting of thinking persons and representatives from different organizations and institutions for consultation on the future strategy and action was organized on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at the IOS office, New Delhi. Presided over by AIMC General Secretary Dr Manzoor Alam, the consultation meeting reiterated the decisions taken at its earlier meeting held on November 7, 2009. It was decided there to bring all the Muslim and non-Muslim, including Dalit organizations together and draw the attention of all the members of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha towards the Women Reservation Bill through letters and other relevant documents. Besides, letters should also be written to the Prime Minister and other ministers, urging a sub quota for Muslims, other minorities and Dalits within the women quota. The meeting too resolved to strive to take the leaders of political parties into confidence while apprising them of the latest situation about the reservation.  The consultation meeting was participated by 1. Dr Manzoor Alam, 2. Mauji Khan, 3. Ilyas Malik, 4. M Imdadullah Jauhar, 5. Prof Haseena Hashia, 6. Ms Archana Singh, 7. Nand Lal, 8. Basant Ramdhari, 9 Bablesh Kumar Soni, 10. Pardesh Kumar, 11. Joginderji, 12. Ved Prakash, 13. Chhatmal Ramdhari, 14. Ms Dhanuti, and 15. Tanweer Ahmed among others.   

(II)

AIMC Office, New Delhi, Dated February 27, 2010

A joint meeting of AIMC, Insan Dost Council and Ambedkar Sew Dal was held on February 27, 2010 to condemn the nod given to the Women Reservation Bill 2008 in its present form by the Cabinet. The meeting termed the nod a sheer case of injustice to the women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other backward sections. Serious concern was expressed over the election of only 14 Muslim women to the Lok Sabha since Independence. The meeting resolved that if required dharna and other measure of protest would be used.

The joint meeting was participated by 1. Mauji Khan, AIMC, 2. Dr Syed Abdul Bari, Editor, Milli Ittehaad, 3. Nand Lal, Ambedkar Sewa Dal, 4. Musharraf Hussain, 5. Waseem Ahmed, 6. Anwar Hussain, 7. Imteyaz Hassan, 8. Raqueeb Alam, all from AIMC, 9. Ms Archana Singh, Secretary, Insan Dost Council, 10. Om Prakash, Dalit Morcha, 11. Bablesh Kumar, 12. Pardesh Kumar, 13. Darshan Lal, 14. Ms Basanti Singh, all from Ambedkar Sewa Dal, 15. Tanweer Alam, Insan Dost Council, and Shakeelur Rahman. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks by Er Imdadullah Jauhar, General Secretary, Insan Dost Council.

National Joint Memorandum Released by Silent Marchers from Jantar Mantar Road to Parliament House, New Delhi on March 8, 2010

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. We welcome the passage of the Women Reservation Bill today on the occasion of the International Women’s Day but definitely not in present form. Because if passed as it is today, it would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the International Women Day.

Then the women, belonging to minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country.

Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities. Have a look at the following data regarding the women belonging to the largest minority community and respond to the call of conscience.

This is our earnest appeal to the hon’ble Members of Parliament. It is hoped that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. Following are the data available about the Muslim women.  

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total     7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women from only 6 states UP, MP, Assam, J&K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India?

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Parliament.  

Joint Memoranda Released by Nation-Wide Silent Marchers in state Capitals on
April 12, 2010

Delhi AIMC Convener Mauji Khan’s Memo to Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit

Demonstration by All India Milli Council-Delhi State with
other Muslim and Dalit Organizations on Women Reservation Bill
April 12,  2010 (Monday) from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
At Jantar Mantar Road, New Delhi

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament.  

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U. P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

 Mauji Khan

 Dr Parvez Mian

 Er M Imdadullah Jauhar

 Convener

 Joint Convener

 Joint Convener

Punjab AIMC President Azmat Ali Khan’s Memo to Punjab Governor
Shivraj Patil

We believe emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. We welcome the passage of the Women Reservation Bill but definitely not in present form. Because if passed as it is today; it would not empower all women politically.

Then the women belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various of various classes and groups in the country.

Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the Minority and Dalit communities. Have a look at the following data regarding the women belonging to the largest minority community and respond to the call of conscience.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble Members of Parliament, it is hoped that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities. Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. Following are the data available about the Muslim women.

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7908 MPs have been selected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women from only 2.5% out of total 542 women MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?
  • Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women from only 6 states U.P., M.P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in independent India?
    In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to pay a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the woman before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

Punjab AIMC President Azmat Ali Khan’s Memo to Punjab CM P S Badal

We believe emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. We welcome the passage of the Women Reservation Bill but definitely not in present form. Because if passed as it is today; it would not empower all women politically.

Then the women belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various of various classes and groups in the country.

Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the Minority and Dalit communities. Have a look at the following data regarding the women belonging to the largest minority community and respond to the call of conscience.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble Members of Parliament, it is hoped that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities. Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. Following are the data available about the Muslim women.

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7908 MPs have been selected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women from only 2.5% out of total 542 women MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?
  • Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women from only 6 states U.P., M.P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in independent India?
    In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to pay a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the woman before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

Madhya Pradesh AIMC Munir Ahmad Khan Memo to Madhya Pradesh Governor Rameshwar Thakur

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament.  

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U. P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.
In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies.


Madhya Pradesh AIMC Munir Ahmad Khan Memo to Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament.  

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U. P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha and assemblies.

Rajasthan AIMC President Mohammed Hasan Ghauri’s Memo to Rajasthan Governor Prabha  Rao

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament.  

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U. P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

Rajasthan AIMC President Mohammed Hasan Ghauri’s Memo to Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament.  

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U.P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

UP AIMC East Zone Convener Tariq Shafiq Nadvi’s Memo to UP Governor B L Joshi

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament.  

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U. P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

UP AIMC East Zone Convener Tariq Shafiq Nadvi’s Memo to UP CM Kumari Mayawati

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament.  

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U.P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

Uttarakhand AIMC Convener Maulana Reyazul Hasan’s Memo to Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament.  

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U. P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

Uttarakhand AIMC Convener Maulana Reyazul Hasan’s Memo to Uttarakhand CM Ramesh Pokhariyal

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament. 

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
    Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
    Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
    Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U. P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

Bihar AIMC Convener Wasi Ahmed Shamsi’s Memo to Bihar Governor Dewanand Konwar

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament.  

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
    Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
    Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?

Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U. P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.
In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

Bihar AIMC Convener Wasi Ahmed Shamsi’s Memo to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament.  

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U. P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

Wasi Ahmad
Convener

Jharkhand AIMC President Dr Majeed Alam to Jharkhand Governor M O H Farook

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament.  

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U. P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

 Dr. Majeed Alam

 Haji Md. Habibullah

 Dr. W. A Rizvi

President

 Vice President

 General Secretarys

 Jharkhand AIMC Dr Majeed Alam to Jharkhand CM Shibu Soren

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament.  

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U. P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.
In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies. 

 Dr. Majeed Alam

 Haji Md. Habibullah

 Dr. W. A Rizvi

President

 Vice President

 General Secretarys

Orissa AIMC  Convener Dr Syed Mushtaq Ali to Orissa Governor
Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandari

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament.  

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U. P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies

Orissa AIMC Convener Dr Syed Mushtaq Ali to Orissa CM Navin Patnaik

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament.  

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U. P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

West Bengal AIMC President Qari Fazlur Rahman to W Bengal Governor M K Narayanan

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament. 

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U. P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

West Bengal AIMC President Qari Fazlur Rahman to W Bengal CM Budhadev Bhattacharya

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. But the empowerment of the women by the passage of Women Reservation Bill 2008 in the present form would not empower all women politically and would be against the spirit of the constitution of India.

Then the women, belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble President, the Prime Minister of India and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. It is also hoped that the Members of the Parliament would respond to the call of their conscience. Following are the data available about the Muslim women’s representation in the parliament.  

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women only from 6 States  i.e. U. P., M. P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India since 1952.

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Lok Sabha.

Assam AIMC President Maulana Taybur Rahman Mazarbhuyan’s Memo to Assam Governor Janki Ballav Pattnaik

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. We welcome the passage of the Women Reservation Bill but definitely not in present form. Because if passed as it is today; it would not empower all women politically.

Then the women belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various of various classes and groups in the country.

Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the Minority and Dalit communities. Have a look at the following data regarding the women belonging to the largest minority community and respond to the call of conscience.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble Members of Parliament, it is hoped that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities. Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. Following are the data available about the Muslim women.

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7908 MPs have been selected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women from only 2.5% out of total 542 women MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?
  • Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women from only 6 states U.P., M.P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in independent India?

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to pay a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the woman before it’s passage by Parliament and state Assemblies. 

 Maulana T R Mazarbhuyan

 Hafiz Rasheed Ahmed Choudhary

 Inamuddin Ahmad

President

 Secretary

 Assistant. Secretary

Assam AIMC President Maulana Taybur Rahman Mazarbhuiyan’s Memo to Assam CM Tarun Kumar Gogoi

We believe in emancipation and empowerment of women as a whole. We welcome the passage of the Women Reservation Bill but definitely not in present form. Because if passed as it is today; it would not empower all women politically.

Then the women belonging to Minorities, Dalits and other backward classes, would further continue to be disempowered. And, this would lead to more asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country.

Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the Minority and Dalit communities. Have a look at the following data regarding the women belonging to the largest minority community and respond to the call of conscience.

This is our earnest appeal to the Hon’ble Members of Parliament, it is hoped that they would not ignore the fate of a large majority of women belonging to the minorities. Dalits and other marginalized classes, and would do justice to them. Following are the data available about the Muslim women.

  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7908 MPs have been selected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women from only 2.5% out of total 542 women MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?
  • Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women from only 6 states U.P., M.P., Assam, J & K, West Bengal and Gujarat in independent India?

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to pay a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the woman before it’s passage by Lok Sabha and state assemblies. 

 Maulana T R Mazarbhuyan

 Hafiz Rasheed Ahmed Choudhary

 Inamuddin Ahmad

President

 Secretary

 Assistant. Secretary

Maharashtra AIMC Convener Mufti Abdur Rahman Milli’s Memo to Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan

All India Milli Council–Maharashtra Unit submits that the Women Reservation Bill in the present form will not in any way empower the Muslim, Dalit and other marginalized women of our country. If it is passed in the present form, only rich and influential politicians will enter into the lower house. These women do not know the sufferings of the minority, Dalit and other marginalized women.

Therefore, it is essential that an exclusive quota is reserved for Muslim, Dalit and other marginalized women within the proposed 33% reservation for women.

We humbly request you to kindly consider our demand favourably and help empowering the Muslim, Dalit and underprivileged women of our country.

Maharashtra AIMC Convener Mufti Abdur Rahman Milli’s Memo to Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan

All India Milli Council–Maharashtra Unit submits that the Women Reservation Bill in the present form will not in any way empower the Muslim, Dalit and other marginalized women of our country. If it is passed in the present form, only rich and influential politicians will enter into the lower house. These women do not know the sufferings of the minority, Dalit and other marginalized women.

Therefore, it is essential that an exclusive quota is reserved for Muslim, Dalit and other marginalized women within the proposed 33% reservation for women.

We humbly request you to kindly consider our demand favourably and help empowering the Muslim, Dalit and underprivileged women of our country.

Karnataka AIMC President Reyazur Rahman Rashadi’s Memo to Karnataka Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj

All India Milli Council–Karnataka Unit submits that the Women Reservation Bill in the present form will not in any way empower the Muslim, Dalit and other marginalized women of our country. If it is passed in the present form, only rich and influential politicians will enter into the lower house. These women do not know the sufferings of the minority, Dalit and other marginalized women.

Therefore, it is essential that an exclusive quota is reserved for Muslim, Dalit and other marginalized women within the proposed 33% reservation for women.

We humbly request you to kindly consider our demand favourably and help empowering the Muslim, Dalit and underprivileged women of our country.

Karnataka AIMC President Reyazur Rahman Rashadi’s Memo to Karnataka CM Y S Yediyurappa

All India Milli Council –Karnataka Unit submits that the Women Reservation Bill in the present form will not in any way empower the Muslim, Dalit and other marginalized women of our country. If it is passed in the present form, only rich and influential politicians will enter into the lower house. These women do not know the sufferings of the minority, Dalit and other marginalized women.

Therefore, it is essential that an exclusive quota is reserved for Muslim, Dalit and other marginalized women within the proposed 33% reservation for women.

We humbly request you to kindly consider our demand favourably and help empowering the Muslim, Dalit and underprivileged women of our country.

Tamil Nadu AIMC President Capt N A Ameer Ali’s Memrandum to Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala

All India Milli Council–Tamil Nadu Unit submits that the Women Reservation Bill in the present form will not in any way empower the Muslim, Dalit and other marginalized women of our country. If it is passed in the present form, only rich and influential politicians will enter into the lower house. These women do not know the sufferings of the minority, Dalit and other marginalized women.

Therefore, it is essential that an exclusive quota is reserved for Muslim, Dalit and other marginalized women within the proposed 33% reservation for women.

We humbly request you to kindly consider our demand favourably and help empowering the Muslim, Dalit and underprivileged women of our country. 

 Capt N A Ameer Ali

 S. M. Abdur Rahim Patel

 

President

 General Secretary

 

Tamil Nadu AIMC President Capt N A Ameer Ali’s Memrandum to Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi

All India Milli Council–Tamil Nadu Unit submits that the Women Reservation Bill in the present form will not in any way empower the Muslim, Dalit and other marginalized women of our country. If it is passed in the present form, only rich and influential politicians will enter into the lower house. These women do not know the sufferings of the minority, Dalit and other marginalized women.

Therefore, it is essential that an exclusive quota is reserved for Muslim, Dalit and other marginalized women within the proposed 33% reservation for women.

We humbly request you to kindly consider our demand favourably and help empowering the Muslim, Dalit and underprivileged women of our country. 

 Capt N A Ameer Ali

 S. M. Abdur Rahim Patel

 

President

 General Secretary

 

Kerala AIMC President Sayeed Maracker to Kerala Governor R S Gavai

All India Milli Council–Kerala Unit submits that the Women Reservation Bill in the present form will not in any way empower the Muslim, Dalit and other marginalized women of our country. If it is passed in the present form, only rich and influential politicians will enter into the lower house. These women do not know the sufferings of the minority, Dalit and other marginalized women.

Therefore, it is essential that an exclusive quota is reserved for Muslim, Dalit and other marginalized women within the proposed 33% reservation for women.

We humbly request you to kindly consider our demand favourably and help empowering the Muslim, Dalit and underprivileged women of our country.

Kerala AIMC President Sayeed Maracker to Kerala CM V S Achutanandan

All India Milli Council–Kerala Unit submits that the Women Reservation Bill in the present form will not in any way empower the Muslim, Dalit and other marginalized women of our country. If it is passed in the present form, only rich and influential politicians will enter into the lower house. These women do not know the sufferings of the minority, Dalit and other marginalized women.

Therefore, it is essential that an exclusive quota is reserved for Muslim, Dalit and other marginalized women within the proposed 33% reservation for women.

We humbly request you to kindly consider our demand favourably and help empowering the Muslim, Dalit and underprivileged women of our country.

5 Press Conferences

(I)
Press Club of India, New Delhi
August 3, 2009
Statement

The organizations of Muslims, Dalits, women and other marginalized sections are opposing the efforts being made to get passed the Women Reservation Bill by the Parliament in its present form. This is in reiteration to the 4-point resolution passed by the national convention held on June 27, 2009 at Ghalib Academy, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Nizamuddin, New Delhi. All India Milli Council in coordination with Muslim organizations like Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat and Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind is steering the movement to demand a sub quota within quota.

We should keep in view the model of countries like Mauritius, Japan and other European nations wherein the proportional representation is given to the marginalized/ backward sections while taking any final decision on the issue concerned.

(II)
Press Club of India, New Delhi
November 19, 2009
Statement

As is obvious, the Women Reservation Bill is still before the Parliament. It is to point out that a number of the following Muslim and Dalit organizations had demanded in a 4-point resolution adopted at the national convention on the above mentioned issue held on June 27, 2009 at Ghalib Academy, Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi to make provisions for a quota within the present Women Reservation Bill for the women belonging to the Dalit, minorities, particularly the Muslim women and the most backward of the backward women like the nomads. Afterwards, these organizations reiterated their demand at a press conference held on August 3, 2009. Besides, two letters were also written to Prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh by the AIMC General Secretary Dr Mohammed Manzoor Alam on July 2 and November 16, 2009, intimating him about the Dalit and Muslim organizations’ opposition to the said Bill in the present form.

Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of 7906 women have been elected as Members of 15 Lok Sabhas from 1952 to 2009?

The 14 Muslim women elected to 15 Lok Sabhas from 1952 to 2009 are 1. Mufida Ahmad, Congress, Jorhat (Assam), 1957; 2. Rasheeda Haque Chaudhary, Congress, Silchar (Assam), 1977; 3. Nazneen Farooque, Congress, Nowgong (Assam), 1996; 4. Maimoona Sultan, Congress, Bhopal (MP), 1957 and 1962; 5. Zohraben Akbarbhai Chawda, Congress, Banaskantha (Gujarat), 1962; 6. Akbar Jahan Begum, National Conference (NC), Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), 1977 and 1984; 7. Mahbooba Begum, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anantnag (Jammu and Kashmir), 2004; 8. Mohsena Qidwai, Congress, Azamgarh and Meerut, 1978, 1980 and 1984; 9. Begum Abeda Ahmad, Congress, Bareilly (UP), 1981 and 1984; 10. Begum Noor Bano, Congress, Rampur (UP), 1996 and 1999; 11. Rubab Syeda, Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahraich (UP), 2004; 12. Tabassum Begum, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Kairana (UP), 2009; 13. Qaiser Jahan, BSP, Sitapur UP), 2009; and 14. Mausam Benazir Noor, Congress, Malda North (West Bengal), 2009.

Following are facts with regard to the pity Muslim women status in Lok Sabha from 1952 to 2009:

  • Muslim women constitute only .17% out of total 7906 members of 15 Lok Sabhas from 1952 to 2009.
  • Muslim women form only 2.5% out of 542 women of 15 Lok Sabhas from 1952 to 2009.
  • In 15 Lok Sabhas only 9 Muslim women from Congress, 2 from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and one each from Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), respectively were elected.
  • So far as representation of Muslim women from different states are concerned, only 6 from UP, 3 from Assam, 2 from Jammu and Kashmir, one each from West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, respectively were elected in Independent India.
  • The maximum number of Muslim women in Lok Sabha was 3 in both 1984 and 2009 general elections.
  • The number of Muslim women Members of Lok Sabha was 2 in the general elections held in 1957, 1962, 1977, 1996 and 2004.
  • The number of Muslim women Members was one each in the 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1999 elections.

The Dalit and Muslim organizations want to know the response to the demand for a quota for Dalit and Muslim women within the quota for the women. These organizations warn if its demand is not met and the Women Reservation Bill is passed by the Parliament in its present form, it would be forced to come on the streets and start a nation-wide mass awakening campaign in favour of its genuine demand.

(III)
Press Club of India, New Delhi
March 5, 2010
Statement

Milli Council, Other Muslim and minority and Dalit Organizations Urge Political Parties to Respond to Call of Conscience in Parliament on Women Reservation Bill

As we already know that the Union Cabinet has already given nod to the Women Reservation Bill in its original form and it is likely to be presented in Parliament for passage today March 8, 2010. If passed, it would amount to injustice against the women belonging to minorities, Dalits and other backward classes. It is our firm view that the proposed 33 per cent quota in legislatures for women would lead to further asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country.

  • Our view is not just based on emotions and bias but facts and figures available on the status of the women belonging to the minority and Dalit communities. 
  • Is it not surprising that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs have been elected in the fifteen parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 2009.
  • Is it not a fact that the Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 MPs?
  • Is it not unbelievable that Muslim women form only 2.5% out of total 542 woman MPs elected from 1952 to 2009?
  • Is it not true that since Independence Congress has sent only 9 Muslim women to Lok Sabha while Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) only 2 and Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) one each only?

Is it not also surprising that there has been representation of Muslim women from only 6 states UP, MP, Assam, J&K, West Bengal and Gujarat in Independent India?

In the light of the above facts, we urge all political parties to play a constructive and proactive role in providing justice to the marginalized communities, rising above any individual and group interests so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Parliament.  

(IV)
Press Club of India, New Delhi
March 10, 2010
Statement

The passage of the Women Reservation Bill 2008 in its original form by Rajya Sabha on March 9, 2010 is a historical tragedy. The Bill that has yet to get passed by Lok Sabha has sent a wave of shock and resentment among the majority of women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other backward communities because the present Bill makes the weak weaker and the disempowered more disempowered while empowering further the already empowered high caste and elite class women. Those getting empowered by this Bill are only 25 per cent.

The silver lining between the two major parties on Secularism and Communalism is now over with the passage of this Bill, and it has been proved that these two parties can meet any time in making the weak weaker and the strong stronger.

In fact, whatsoever the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other communal forces had lost with the implementation of the Mandal Commission Report was in search of an opportunity to regain it, and the Women Reservation Bill provides it that opportunity. It is sad that the Congress helped the communal forces in plotting conspiracy against the weaker sections of the society.

It is surprising that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, who himself hails from a minority community, could also not pay attention towards the apprehensions of the minorities and other weaker sections. However, he certainly said that the number of minorities is less and his government is trying to make it up through other means but the fact is that this less number can’t be raised through any means because if the number is less in the decision-making institutions and they are disempowered politically, any decision with regard to their overall empowerment would not be possible.

Today not only 75 per cent of the women but 75 per cent people in the country belonging to the minorities and other weaker sections are not only afraid but angry with the passage of the Women Reservation Bill by the Rajya Sabha. The dismay of such a large number of people is a matter of big danger for the democracy in our country.

As is obvious, the Bill would now go to Lok Sabha. Therefore, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has still a chance to make amendments in the Bill keeping the interests of the minorities and other weaker sections, and then move to get it pass by the Lok Sabha.

If this does not happen, the 75 per cent weaker people of the country, badly affected by the Bill, would be forced to knock the door of the court.

All India Milli Council along with other Muslim, minority and Dalit organizations has drawn time and again the attention of those in power and different political parties through letters, resolutions and press conferences towards this important issue but it was not taken up seriously and the most unfortunate step was taken in Rajya Sabha on March 9, 2010. The majority of people, particularly the Muslim community, are in dismay and resentment. It is now for the government and different political parties to see how this dismay and resentment is tackled. The ball is in their court.

(V)
Press Club of India, New Delhi
April 15, 2010
Statement

The second half of the Budget Session of Parliament has already begun today. As is obvious, the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre would now try to get the nod from Lok Sabha on the Women Reservation Bill 2008 that has already been passed by Rajya Sabha on March 9, 2010 with the use of even the marshals. Keeping this fact in view, the All India Milli Council (AIMC) in collaboration with other organizations is holding this press conference. It is to point out that it has held five press conferences earlier in this connection.

Reiterating the stand-point of AIMC and other organizations, I want to share a few points with you. I have just come back from the trip of different states in both North and South India. There I had an opportunity to meet and discuss with individuals and organizations belonging to Muslims and other minority and marginalized sections of the society in context with the Women Reservation Bill. I found a severe resentment among them over the passage of the said Bill by Rajya Sabha in its present form without taking into consideration the majority’s demand for incorporation of amendment by making provision  for a sub quota within the women quota for the women belonging to Muslim, other minority and marginalized sections. This is what I also expressed in my sixth letter, dated April 8, 2010 on the issue concerned to UPA Chairperson Ms Sonia Gandhi.

So far as the AIMC and others are concerned, they consider the passage of the Women Reservation Bill 2008 in its original form by Rajya Sabha on March 9, 2010 a historical tragedy. In their view, it would make the weak weaker and the disempowered more disempowered while empowering further the already empowered high caste and elite class women. Those getting empowered by this Bill are only 25 per cent.

The AIMC along with other organizations are of the view that whatsoever the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other communal forces had lost with the implementation of the Mandal Commission Report was in search of an opportunity to regain it, and the Women Reservation Bill provides it that opportunity. It is ironic that the Congress helped the communal forces in plotting conspiracy against the weaker sections of the society. The dismay of such a large number of people is a matter of big danger for the democracy in our country.

We urge the ruling UPA and other political parties to keep the interest of a majority of people in view and review the Bill as well as prevent the enactment of law that will perpetuate class injustice in the garb of gender justice. We have no objection to a suitably modified Bill.

All India Milli Council has in collaboration with other Muslim, minority and Dalit organizations drawn time and again the attention of those in power and different political parties through letters, resolutions, memoranda, press statements and press conferences towards this important issue. Herewith is being released a booklet “Documents: Movement for a Sub Quota within Women Quota”. It describes in detail about 14-year old continuous movement against the Women Reservation Bill without a sub quota for the Muslim and other marginalized women.

Dr Mohammed Manzoor Alam
General Secretary

5 Press Statements
(I)
February 26, 2010

All India Milli Council (AIMC) has strongly condemned the approval of the Women Reservation Bill 2008 in its original form by the Union Cabinet at its meeting held on February 25.

AIMC General Secretary Dr Mohammed Manzoor Alam said it was pity that the Central Government gave a nod to the Bill that “amounted to injustice against the women belonging to minorities, Dalits and other backward classes.” He said the future course of action would, however, be decided in consultation with the Speaker at the Business Advisory Committee meeting as the Bill was the property of the Rajya Sabha.  

Dr Alam said he wrote a letter to the United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Ms Sonia Gandhi Thursday urging her not to allow in any case the Women Reservation Bill to get a nod in its present form and make necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women. It is to point out that this was his third letter preceded by two letters dated July 2 and November 16, 2009 to the UPA Chairperson.

AIMC leader said the proposed 33 per cent quota in legislatures for women would lead to further asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. He condemned the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice and Personnel submitted to the government in December 2009 upon whose recommendation the nod to the Bill in its “present form” had been given.

Dr Alam said while drawing her attention towards the pitiable status of the Muslim women in Parliament in his last letter it had been pointed out that only 14 Muslim women out of 7906 persons were elected as Members of 15 Lok Sabhas from 1952 to 2009.

According to the AIMC General Secretary, Muslim women constituted only .17% out of total 7906 members and 2.5 % out of 542 women of 15 Lok Sabhas in 57 years. Besides, there were only nine Muslim women from Congress, two from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and one each from Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), respectively.

“So far as representation of Muslim women from different states are concerned, only 6 from UP, 3 from Assam, 2 from Jammu and Kashmir, one each from West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, respectively were elected in Independent India,” he pointed out.

(II)
AIMC Press Statement, Dated March 4, 2010

All India Milli Council has urged the Rajya Sabha Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, Lok Sabha Speaker, leaders of all political parties, Muslim, Dalit and OBC MPs, Chairpersons of National Commission for Women and OBC Commission to play their constructive and active role for necessary amendments in the Women Reservation Bill before its passage by the Parliament so that a sub quota for Muslim, Dalit and other backward women within the women quota.

Dr Manzoor Alam, General Secretary, AIMC, has in his letter written to the above mentioned responsible persons said now when the Central Cabinet has given a nod to the Women Reservation Bill in its present form and it is to be presented in the Parliament for passage, it seems necessary that all the political parties and their leaders should come forward to provide their due right to the women belonging to the minority, Dalit and other backward sections in the name of justice. Dr Alam said that his organization is of the view that the balance in representation of different sections and groups in the country would be badly affected with the decision to provide 33 per cent reservation to the women.

While drawing the attention of the MPs and other responsible persons towards the pitiable condition of the Muslim women, Dr Alam said it is a bitter fact that only 14 Muslim women out of total 7906 MPs and 542 women MPs from 1952 to 2009 in general elections could be elected.

(III)
AIMC Press Statement, Dated March 6, 2010

Maulana Yasin Ali Usmani, Vice President, AIMC, has in a statement to the press said that the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre should have had given a priority to provide reservation to the Muslims on the basis of the Sachar Committee and Mishra Commission Reports instead of the Women Reservation Bill.

He appealed to the Muslim leaders and organizations to come together and devise a common strategy to demand for a sub quota for the Muslim, Dalit and other backward section women within the 33 per cent women quota.

(IV)
AIMC Press Statement, Dated March 9, 2010

All India Milli Council (AIMC) has severely criticized the way the Women Reservation Bill 2008 was passed in Rajya Sabha today. According to it, the drama played in Rajya Sabha had shaken the general people’s faith in democracy. It wondered how the interests of 75 per cent of the women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other backward classes were completely ignored.

Expressing his views here today, AIMC General Secretary Dr Mohammed Manzoor Alam said it was a historical blunder on the part of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance to pass the Bill taking the support of both Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Communist parties. 

“No sensible person is against the political empowerment of the women. That’s why the opposition is not against any move in this connection but the contents in the Bill that would empower only those from the upper castes and elite classes, not the women as a whole,” he asserted.

Dr Alam said the government could have had averted the crisis in the upper house if it had accepted the suggestion of making amendments in the Bill by incorporating provision of a quota within quota in favour of those belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other backward classes.  

The AIMC leader said the Bill had yet to get the approval of the Lok Sabha, and it would not be easy to get it passed there smoothly because there were more members there and the equation was also more complicated.

Dr Alam said both the Houses of Parliament had now only 5 Muslim women and there would be further deterioration in the number.

“This Himalayan blunder might alienate further the minorities, Dalits and other backward classes from the mainstream and democratic process,” he added.

(V)
AIMC Press Statement, Dated April 12, 2010

All India Milli Council expressed its distress and anguish and demonstrated silently against the women Reservetion Bill.on April 12 at all the places in different provinces of the country and declared that until the Bill is amended with due provision for separate reservation of Muslim, Dalit and backward Women, the agitation will continue within the limit of the constitution. AIMC General Secretary Dr Mohd Manzoor Alam said that if the bill is passed without the required amendment , it would open a black chapter in the history of the country.

All India Milli Council had directed its all the provincial and district units to demonstrate at district headquarters in association with all the bodies which support the above demand and present memoranda of their demands to chief ministers and governors of their states. It was also decided to inform Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, U.P.A Leader Sonia Gandhi and the President Pratibha Patil.

All India Milli Council’s Delhi Unit demonstrated at the Jantar Mantar, New Delhi under the leadership of Mauji Khan (convener), Dr Perwez Mian (joint convener) and Imdadullah Jauhar (joint convener) and it was also attended by members of Milli Council, Delhi Unit, allied organizations, and ladies of various forums. On this occasion various leaders addressed the gathering and the media was informed that the above-mentioned Bill is unacceptable in its present form and the agitation will continue till our just demands are accepted.

At the end of the programme a memorandum was handed over to the Mrs Shiela Dixit, Chief Minister of Delhi. Those who participated in the programme are Dr.Qamar Ishaque,,Ghitrif Shahbaz Nadvi, Khalid Husain Nadvi, S.M Neyazi, Asad Iqbal Advocate, Safi Akhtar, Syed Ashraf, Reyazuddin, and Qari Asjad, Zubair. 

AIMC General Secretary Dr Manzoor Alam’s Letter along with Joint Memorandum Released at the End of “Silent March” on March 8, 2010 to Rajya Sabha Chairperson

March 8, 2010

To 
Chairperson                                                             
Rajya Sabha
New Delhi


Sub: Joint Memorandum on Women Reservation Bill

Sir,

Today on the occasion of the International Women’s Day a Silent March was taken out by the All India Milli Council in collaboration with other Muslim, minority and Dalit organizations to welcome the Women Reservation Bill being introduced in Rajya Sabha but only after amendments making provisions for fixing a quota for the women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other backward communities so that majority of women might not be deprived of the benefits of the ensuing legislation.

On this occasion, a Joint Memorandum was passed. Herewith attached is a copy of the Memorandum for your kind perusal and necessary action. Thanks and regards.

Sincerely Yours  
Dr M Manzoor Alam
General Secretary

AIMC General Secretary Dr Manzoor Alam’s Letter along with Joint Memorandum Released at the End of “Silent March” on March 8, 2010 to Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson

March 8, 2010

To 
Deputy Chairperson                                                                 
Rajya Sabha
New Delhi

Sub: Joint Memorandum on Women Reservation Bill

Sir,

Today on the occasion of the International Women’s Day a Silent March was taken out by the All India Milli Council in collaboration with other Muslim, minority and Dalit organizations to welcome the Women Reservation Bill being introduced in Rajya Sabha but only after amendments making provisions for fixing a quota for the women belonging to the minorities, Dalits and other backward communities so that majority of women might not be deprived of the benefits of the ensuing legislation.

On this occasion, a Joint Memorandum was passed. Herewith attached is a copy of the Memorandum for your kind perusal and necessary action. Thanks and regards.

Sincerely Yours
Dr M Manzoor Alam
General Secretary                                                                                           

2 Letters of AIMC General Secretary Dr Manzoor Alam to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh

(I)
July 2, 2009

Sir,

This is to inform you about the resolutions passed at a national convention of minorities and Dalits in New Delhi about the women’s Reservation Bill on June, 2009.

The convention was called on the initiatives of All India Milli Council, Insan Dost Council, Peoples Movement of India, Dr.B.R Ambedkar Seva Dal, Muslim Women’s Welfare Organization, Samajik Nayay Morcha and Indian  Association of Muslim social Scientists and supported by Jamiatul Ulema-i-Hind, Jamat-e-Islami Hind, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind and many others organizations of Muslims, Christians, Dalits and OBCs.

The convention was unanimous on the point that the proposed 33 percent quota in legislatures for women would lead to further asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Already the dice is heavily loaded in favour of upper castes and classes and the representation of the less privileged is too low. For instance, Muslims are under –represented by as much as 50 percent.

The convention was sure that the women of the privileged classes will further dilute the representation of the underprivileged groups, aggravating the imbalance.

Muslims recounted how the two stalwarts of independent India- pundit Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Valabbhai patel – had asked Muslims during the constituent Assembly debates not to insist on legal guarantees and trust the majority to give them generously, more than their due share. Despite that assurance, and despite the trust reposed by Muslims in the words of our great leaders, Muslim representation has fallen steadily. Today instead of 72 Lok Sabha MPs (commensurate with Muslim Population) we have only 32 MPs. The convention felt it would decline further if the women’s Bill is allowed in its present form.

It is important to note that the programmed was held at Ghalib Academy, which did not have functioning AC or cooler. In that sweltering heat people sat quietly for hours without string, which shows the importance they attach to the issue. No one objected to the idea of gender justice in the well-meaning Bill, but everybody had fears about the implications for class justice.

Sir, vox populi is said to be the voice of God. We request you to kindly insure that this time we don’t get merely good intentions and pious assurance, but some firm legal guarantees that gender empowerment does not end up as class disempowerment. We request that the weak should get proper considerations and accommodation in the Bill that would have a far-reaching impact.

We are convinced that (in addition to other measures) within the larger quota for women sub-quotas for different Muslims and Dalit segments has to be introduced to balance it.

With regards
Yours Sincerely,
(Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam)
General Secretary, AIMC

(II)
November 16, 2009

Hon’ble Sir,

This is in continuation of our letter dated 2nd July 2009 regarding Women’s reservation Bill;

All India Milli Council after several meeting with other Muslim & Dalit organizations had held press Conference on 3rd august.2009 at press club of India, Raisina Marg, New Delhi and strongly opposed the “Women’s Reservation Bill” in present form. All the organizations were unanimous on the point that the proposed 33% quota in legislatures for women would lead to further asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Muslims are already under-represented by as much as 50%.

In pursuance of this the All India Milli Council had again convened a national convention in association with Muslim & Dalit organization viz and Indian Association of Muslim Social Scientist, Insan Dost Council, Peoples Movement of India, Dr. B.R Ambedkar Seva Dal, Muslim Women’s Welfare Organization, Samajik Nayay Morcha and other like minded organization on 27th June 2009 at Ghalib Academy. Hazt Nizamuddin New Delhi and unanimously adopted a resolution on the subject suggesting that. In the Women’s Reservation Bill sub quota within the quota for different Muslim and Dalit segments should be introduced to balance the proportionate representation of women from every section. A copy of the resolution was forwarded to your goodself for consideration.

We may recall that the two stalwarts of independent India- pundit Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Valabbhai Patel – had asked Muslims during the constituent Assembly debates not to insist on legal guarantees and trust the majority to give them generously, more than their due share. Despite that assurance, and despite the trust reposed by Muslims in the words of our great leaders, Muslim representation has fallen steadily. Today instead of 72 Lok Sabha MPs (commensurate with Muslim Population) we have only 32 MPs. including 4 women in the Lok Sabha. The convention had visualized that it would decline further if the women’s Bill is allowed to pass in its present form. We are sorry to say that nothing has been heard from the government or concerned quarters so far.

In this present situation All India Milli Council in association with leaders from other Muslim and Dalit organizations as well as organizations of other religious minorities feel constrained to launch a mass movement by adopting democratic ways like agitation, demonstration, gherao and dharna against the proposed “Women’s Reservation Bill” likely to be tabled in coming session of parliament starting from 19th November, 2009.

We are still hopeful that the suggestion for the point of fixing subquota within the quota in the Women’s Reservation Bill would get proper consideration and accommodation in the Bill that would have a far-reaching impact.

With Regards,
Yours Sincerely
(Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam)
General Secretary, AIMC

AIMC General Secretary Dr Manzoor Alam’s 6 Letters to UPA Chairperson Ms Sonia Gandhi

(I)
July 2, 2009

Hon’ble Madam

This is to inform you about the resolutions passed at a national convention of minorities and Dalits in New Delhi about the women’s Reservation Bill on June 27, 2009.

The convention was called on the initiative of All India Milli Council, Insan Dost Council, People’s Movement of India, Dr.B.R Ambedkar Seva Dal, Muslim Women’s Welfare Organization, Samajik Nayay Morcha and Indian Association of Muslim social Scientists and supported by Jamiatul Ulema-i-Hind, Jamat-e-Islami Hind, All India Muslim Majlis Mushawrat, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind, and many others organizations of Muslims, Christians, Dalits and OBCs.

The convention was unanimous on the point that the proposed 33 percent quota in legislatures for women would lead to further asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Already the dice is heavily loaded in favour of upper castes and classes and the representation of the less privileged is too low. For instance, Muslims are under –represented by as much as 50 percent.

The convention was sure that the women of the privileged classes will further dilute the representation of the underprivileged groups, aggravating the imbalance.

Muslims recounted how the two stalwarts of independent India- pundit Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Valabbhai patel – had asked Muslims during the constituent Assembly debates not to insist on legal guarantees and trust the majority to give them generously, more than their due share. Despite that assurance, and despite the trust reposed by Muslims in the words of our great leaders, Muslim representation has fallen steadily. Today instead of 72 Lok Sabha MPs (commensurate with Muslim Population) we have only 32 MPs. The convention felt it would decline further if the women’s Bill is allowed in its present form.

It is important to note that the programmed was held at Ghalib Academy, which did not have functioning AC or cooler. In that sweltering heat people sat quietly for hours without string, which shows the importance they attach to the issue. No one objected to the idea of gender justice in the well-meaning Bill, but everybody had fears about the implications for class justice.

Madam, vox populi is said to be the voice of God. We request you to kindly insure that this time we don’t get merely good intentions and pious assurance, but some firm legal guarantees that gender empowerment does not end up as class disempowerment. We request that the weak should get proper considerations and accommodation in the Bill that would have a far-reaching impact.

We are convinced that (in addition to other measures) within the larger quota for women sub-quotas for different Muslims and Dalit segments has to be introduced to balance it.

With regards
Yours sincerely,
(Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam)
General Secretary, AIMC

(II)
(November 16, 2009)

Hon’ble Madam

This is in continuation of our letter dated 2nd July 2009 regarding Women’s reservation Bill;

All India Milli Council after several meeting with other Muslim & Dalit organizations had held press Conference on 3rd august.2009 at press club of India, Raisina Marg, New Delhi and strongly opposed the “Women’s Reservation Bill” in present form. All the organizations were unanimous on the point that the proposed 33% quota in legislatures for women would lead to further asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. Muslims are already under-represented by as much as 50%.

In pursuance of this the All India MIlli Council had again convened a national convention in association with Muslim & Dalit organization viz and Indian Association of Muslim social Scientist, Insan Dost Council, Peoples Movement of India, Dr.B.R Ambedkar Seva Dal, Muslim Women’s Welfare Organization, Samajik Nayay Morcha and other like minded organizations on 27th June 2009 at Ghalib Academy. Hazt Nizamuddin New Delhi and unanimously adopted a resolution on the subject suggesting that. In the Women’s Reservation Bill sub quota within the quota for different Muslim and Dalit segments should be introduced to balance the proportionate representation of women from every section. A copy of the resolution was forwarded to your goodself for consideration.

We may recall that the two stalwarts of independent India- pundit Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Valabbhai Patel – had asked Muslims during the constituent Assembly debates not to insist on legal guarantees and trust the majority to give them generously, more than their due share. Despite that assurance, and despite the trust reposed by Muslims in the words of our great leaders, Muslim representation has fallen steadily. Today instead of 72 Lok Sabha MPs (commensurate with Muslim Population) we have only 32 MPs. including 4 women in the Lok Sabha. The convention had visualized that it would decline further if the women’s Bill is allowed to pass in its present form. We are sorry to say that nothing has been heard from the government or concerned quarters so far.

In this present situation All India Milli Council in association with leaders from other Muslim and Dalit organizations as well as organizations of other religious minorities feel constrained to launch a mass movement by adopting democratic ways like agitation, demonstration, gherao and dharna against the proposed “Women’s Reservation Bill” likely to be tabled in coming session of parliament starting from 19th November, 2009.

We are still hopeful that the suggestion for the point of fixing subquota within the quota in the Women’s Reservation Bill would get proper consideration and accommodation in the Bill that would have a far-reaching impact.

With Regards,
Yours Sincerely
Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam
General Secretary, AIMC

(III)
February 25, 2010

Hon’ble Madam,

This has a reference to our two letters dated July 2 and November 16, 2009 sent to you and your letter dated November 23, 2009 written to us regarding the Women Reservation Bill. It is to point out that we had in our letters while strongly opposing the Bill in the present form said that the proposed 33 per cent quota in legislatures for women would lead to further asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country. 

There are indications that the Women Reservation Bill that has got a mention in President Shrimati Pratibha Patil’s address at the beginning of the current Budget Session, is likely to be taken up by the Cabinet. However, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice and Personnel in its report in December 2009 had reportedly recommended passage of the Bill in its present form. If this is to be believed, it would amount to injustice against the women belonging to minorities, Dalits and other backward classes.

Here we want to draw your attention towards a few points. It is a bitter fact that only 14 Muslim women out of 7906 persons have been elected as Members of 15 Lok Sabhas from 1952 to 2009. Following are facts with regard to the pity Muslim women status in Lok Sabha in 57 years:

  • Muslim women constitute only .17% out of total 7906 members of 15 Lok Sabhas from 1952 to 2009.
  • Muslim women form only 2.5% out of 542 women of 15 Lok Sabhas from 1952 to 2009.
  • In 15 Lok Sabhas only 9 Muslim women from Congress, 2 from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and one each from Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), respectively were elected.
  • So far as representation of Muslim women from different states are concerned, only 6 from UP, 3 from Assam, from Jammu and Kashmir, one each from West  Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, respectively were elected in Independent India.
  • The maximum number of Muslim women in Lok Sabha was 3 in both 1984 and 2009 general elections.
  • The number of Muslim women Members of Lok Sabha was 2 in the general elections held in 1957, 1962, 1977, 1996 and 2004.
  • The number of Muslim women Members was one each in the 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1999 elections.
    In the light of the above facts, we request you not to allow in any case the Women Reservation Bill to get a nod and passed in its present form and strongly urge necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women.

With regards

Sincerely Yours
(Dr Mohammed Manzoor Alam)     
General Secretary

(IV)
March 6, 2010

Muslims, Dalits and other weaker groups have always reposed their faith in your impartiality and sense of fair play. They have been rightly of the view that under your stewardship of the UPA the educational, economic and power-sharing issues related to them would be addressed fairly.

However, of late the way the BJP has snatched the initiative from the UPA is worrisome to all of us. Using their double-edged sword, they mobilized the entire Opposition against the government on price rise and also moved to get the Women’s Reservation Bill passed in the Lok Sabha.

As you know, the weaker groups mentioned above have serious misgivings about the Bill, not on its gender concerns, but on its class implications. These groups are worried about the Bill’s potential of further empowering the same class which has already a great political clout, by empowering the women of the already empowered classes.

In its present form it would not empower the disempowered and marginalised-class women unless there is a quota within quota, as frequently pointed out by us.

Ironically, the Congress criticized the secular Opposition in Parliament for joining the BJP’s assault on the ruling conglomeration on the issue of price rise, but ended up joining the same BJP on Women’s Bill. In both cases, it was the BJP which won.

Now that the government seems hell bent upon passing the Women’s Bill even by joining hands with the Devil, the marginalized groups have reason to be dismayed. Also, the move does not rhyme well with Congress Party’s (and UPA’s) public profession of support to the weaker sections.

For the sake of credibility of the Congress and UPA we request you to kindly review the decision and prevent the enactment of another law that will perpetuate class injustice in the garb of gender justice. We have no objection to a suitably modified Bill.

With profound regards,

Yours sincerely
(Dr. M. Manzoor Alam)
General Secretary

(V)
March 8, 2010

Dear Madam,

This is to register our sense of dismay at the indecent haste with which the less than perfect Women’s Reservation Bill is sought to be rammed down our throats by a brute majority. To nearly 30 percent of India’s population, already marginalized and disempowered, this amounts to further marginalization. If this is not the classical majority tyranny, we wonder what else is.

As the country’s political elite you don’t have to be told about the principle that democracy takes into account and accommodates the needs and aspirations of even the last single citizen. Here we are stuck with 30 percent people who will be left behind.

Let us hasten to clarify that we are not opposing the Bill because we are insensitive to gender issues, but because we are cognizant of the fact that it is an issue of class, not gender. We are certain that taking advantage of the quota, women of the same classes will fill up the parliamentary seats whose men are already over-represented. That will compound the existing unfair class equation.

Let us not forget that the present aggregate of parties and MPs backing the Bill is merely an accident of history and in no way it represents the people’s will on this vital question of women’s reservation. In the next election this configuration might (and, possibly will) change. Then we will realize the injustice meted out to large sections of Dalits and Muslims. In the rush to rectify one wrong we are committing another wrong.

At this last hour we request you to kindly review your decision and remove the Bill’s defects before passing it. By passing the Bill in its present form you will only be pushing the BJP’s agenda and further marginalizing the marginalized. The blunder committed in haste is likely to force the political class to regret in leisure for years to come.

We thus appeal to you to step back for a while and give a thought to where this undue  haste is leading us.

With regards,

Yours Truly
(M Manzoor Alam)
General Secretary

(VI)
April 8, 2010

April 8, 2010

Mrs. Sonia Gandhi
Chairperson, UPA and President, AICC
New Delhi

Sub-: Sub Quota for Muslim and other Marginalized Sections within Women Quota.

Hon’ble Madam,

This has a reference to the five letters written to you on July 2, 2009, November 16, 2009, February 25, 2010, March 6, 2010, March 8, 2010 in connection with the Women Reservation Bill 2008.

I, while my recent trip to north and south India, had an opportunity to meet and discuss with individuals and organization be longing to Muslims and other minority and Marginalized section of society in context with the women reservation Bill. I found a severe resentment among them over the passage of women Reservation Bill by Rajya Sabha in its present form without taking into consideration the majority‘s demand for incorporation of amendment by making provision for a sub-quota, within the women quota, for the women belonging to Muslim, other minority and marginalized section.

For the sake of credibility of the Congress and UPA we request you to kindly review the decision and prevent the enactment of law that will perpetuate class injustice in the garb of gender justice. We have no objection to a suitably modified Bill.

I sincerely hope that you would give a thorough review to matter.

Yours Sincerely
(Dr M Manzoor Alam)
General Secretary

AIMC General Secretary Dr Manzoor Alam’s Letter to Leaders of All Political Parties and Other Authorities Concerned, Dated March 4, 2010

Sir/ Madam,

As is well known that the Cabinet has already given nod to the Women Reservation Bill in its original form and it is likely to be presented in Parliament for passage on March 8, 2010. If passed, it would amount to injustice against the women belonging to minorities, Dalits and other backward classes. It is our firm view that the proposed 33 percent  quota in legislatures for women would lead to further asymmetry in the representation of various classes and groups in the country.
 Here we want to draw your attention towards a few points regarding the pitiable condition of Muslim women.
It is a bitter fact that only 14 Muslim women out of 7906 persons have been elected as Members of 15 Lok Sabhas from 1952 to 2009. Following are facts with regard to the pity Muslim women status in Lok Sabha in 57 years:

  • Muslim women constitute only 0.17% out of total 7906 members of 15 Lok Sabhas from 1952 to 2009.
  • Muslim women from only 2.5% out of 542 women of 15 Lok Sabhas from 1952 to 2009.
  • In 15 Lok Sabhas only 9 Muslim women from Congress, 2 from Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), and one each from Samajwadi Party (SP), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) respectively were elected.
  • So far as representation of Muslim women from different states are concerned, only 6 from U.P., 3 from Assam, 2 from Jammu and Kashmir, one each from West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, respectively were elected in Independent India.
  • The maximum number of Muslim women in Lok Sabha was 3 in both 1984 and 2009 general elections.
  • The number of Muslim women members of Lok Sabha was 2 in the general elections held in 1957, 1962, 1977, 1996 and 2004.
  • The number of Muslim women Members was one each in the 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1999 elections.

In the light of the above facts, we request you kindly to play a constructive and proactive role so that the Women Reservation Bill gets necessary amendments to have a quota for Muslim, other minority and Dalit women within the quota for the women before its passage by Parliament.

With regards.
Sincerely Yours
(Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam)
General Secretary

AIMC General Secretary Dr Manzoor Alam’s Letter to 6 Muslim MPs Maulana Asrarul Haq Qasmi, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, Sabir Ali, Ameer Alam, Kamal Akhtar and Dr Ejaz Ali, Dated March 18, 2010

Respected Sir,

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullhi wa barakatohu

We welcome and appreciate the way you have raised your voice collectively inside and outside the Parliament in connection with the Women Reservation Bill and have opposed to its passage in its present form by the Rajya Sabha. 

As you already know that the AIMC is steering a movement against the passage of the Women Reservation Bill in its present form with consistency for the last about 14 years, and would continue to do so till amendments are made in the said Bill to provide a sub quota to the women belonging to the Muslims, other minorities and backward sections. Pray to Allah that your efforts to the said cause prove to be useful for the community and nation. Amen.

Wassalaam

Yours Sincerely
(Dr M Manzoor Alam)
General Secretary

AIMC General Secretary Dr Manzoor Alam’s Circular
to State Branches, Dated March 4, 2010

Respected Brothers,

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullhi wa barakatohu

Hope you would be alright. As you already know that the All India Milli Council (AIMC) is steering a movement in coordination with different Muslim and non-Muslim organizations and institutions for the amendments in the Women Reservation Bill for the last about 14 years. In this connection, there was brought out by the AIMC along with all the like-minded organizations and institutions a Silent March on March 8, 2010 from Jantar Mantar Road to Parliament House on the occasion of the International Women’s Day to make amendments in the Bill to provide a sub quota to the women belonging to the Muslim, other minority and Dalit communities before trying to get it passed by Rajya Sabha.

It is the clear stand of the AIMC that it is not opposed to the Women Reservation Bill. However, it can’t ignore the 75 per cent marginalized women of the country. If there is not fixed a sub quota for the women belonging to the Muslim, other minority and backward sections within the 33 per cent women quota, it would be denial of right to the 75 per cent women in the name of the reservation to the women.        

Therefore, while reiterating its earlier views and decisions, the AIMC expects from you that keeping the above mentioned points in view you would organize a silent march in your state capital on Monday, April 12, 2010 under the banner of your state branch in coordination with the like-minded representatives from Muslim and non-Muslim organizations and institutions, and present a memorandum separately to the state Governor and Chief Minister. We hope that you would not only register your forceful demonstration against the Women Reservation Bill in its present form but also strive not to allow the Bill to get passed in Lok Sabha and also state assemblies in any case. Copies of the memorandum presented to the state Governor and Chief Minister should also be sent to the President and Prime Minister as well as to the central office of the AIMC.

Hope you would inform us as soon as possible about your plan for a silent march in your state capital on April 12, 2010.

Yours Sincerely
(Dr M Manzoor Alam)
General Secretary

The movement for providing a sub quota to the women belonging to the Muslim, other minorities, Dalits and marginalized sections within women quota is continuing in different parts of the country, including subdivision and district headquarters and would continue till an amendment is made in the present Women Reservation Bill 2008.

(Courtesy: www.fanawatch.com)

Women Reservation Bill No. XXX of 2008

    

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