Lucknow: After Telangana and Maharashtra, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is about to host a conference on “Muslims in UP – Development, security and inclusion”, in Lucknow.
The conference, which will be organized on Friday, will dwell at length on a recent study on the current conditions of Muslims in terms of demographics, challenges in education (including madrassas), participation in the industrial sector, entrepreneurship, demographics, criminalization and incarceration, and the state budget for minorities over the years.
The study, which will be presented at the conference, is based on data collected primarily from government reports available in the public domain and works by well-known names in the research field.
Speaking about the need for the conference and study on Muslims at UP, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that talking about various aspects related to the Muslim community without basing it on empirical data credible was generally considered rhetoric.
“Over 80% of the data used in the study was extracted from government documents available in the public domain. The remaining data comes from exhaustive academic work by leading researchers, ”Owaisi told TOI on Wednesday.
“The available data does not paint a rosy picture of what the community is facing right now and more efforts are needed from all sides to improve the situation,” he said.
“Muslims constitute 19.25% of the total population of the UP against the national figure of 14.23%. However, 71.2% of Muslims over 15 are illiterate or educated below primary level in the UP compared to the national average of 58.3%. The educational profile of Muslims in 2019-2020 according to PLFS shows that at least 40.83% of Muslims are illiterate compared to the overall illiteracy rate of 34.01%. Such data is essential to establish the responsibility of those responsible for the situation, ”he said.
Regarding the timing of the conference in Lucknow just before the 2022 assembly elections, Owaisi said the basic idea was to draw the attention of all segments of society to the plight of Muslims in India. “And what could be better than before the elections, when issues related to communities and people receive more attention,” he said.
Experts who will present the study at the conference include Associate Professor of CESS Dr Venkatanarayana Motukuri, Professor Abdul Shaban of TISS (Mumbai), former member of the National Statistical Commission PC Mohanan and former advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Amir Ullah Khan, who is Research Director at the Center for Development Policy and Practice (CDPP).
The panel associated with the study includes Amitabh Kundu, who headed the Kundu committee formed by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, professor at the International Institute of Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, Chandra Shekhar, Research Director at King’s College London, Christophe Jaffrelot, Visiting Professor at Wingate University, North Carolina, Usha Sanyal, SV Subramanian of Harvard University, President of the International Institute for Migration and Development, Trivandrum, C Ravi, and retired IAS officer and former chief electoral commissioner SY Quraishi.
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