In a bid to woo Muslims, BJP to unveil vision document

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  1. The Messiah

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    In a bid to woo Muslims, BJP to unveil vision document to tackle minority-related issues

    In an effort to reach out to the Muslim community, the Bharatiya Janata Party, for the first time, will be bringing out a vision document for religious minorities.

    The document, which has been prepared by a committee headed by BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, covers various issues that Indian Muslims are confronted with. It is likely to be unveiled in August and the party plans to release it in every major state subsequently.

    It has the blessings of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who backed the idea of drafting such a document during his first meeting with the BJP general secretaries on June 18.

    The document has divided the problems faced by the Muslim community into four broad themes: social and economic marginalisation, educational backwardness, lack of security, and the absence of political empowerment.

    Picking up one theme in particular, Naqvi said, "Why do Muslims feel insecure? This is the question that needs to be examined."

    Elaborating on the point, Naqvi said, "Today, whenever there is any terror incident anywhere in the country, the Congress-led Central Government within 24 hours issues sketches of Muslims with caps and beards. This is akin to what they used to do with our Sikh brethren during the 80s," he said.

    "The maximum number of such arrests are in Maharashtra, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh - states which are ruled by the so-called secular parties," he stressed.

    According to Naqvi, the Congress only tries to create a fear psychosis among the Muslims.

    "They create a phobia of the BJP. However, people will remember that even after the attacks of September 11, 2001 took place Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee clearly told the world that no such terrorists exist in India," Naqvi added.

    According to the BJP leader, educational and political empowerment is the solution, and not appeasement. "It is easier for a Muslim to be the President of India than to become a Panchayat member. There is an urgent need for political empowerment," he said.

    However, Naqvi remained non-committal on whether the BJP plans to give more tickets to Muslims, given its emphasis on "political empowerment" of the community. The BJP president, Rajnath Singh, too lashed out at the Congress.

    "The Congress is the biggest communal party. The BJP will win the confidence as well as the votes of Muslims in the elections."

    The document will also touch upon communal violence, a dominant factor contributing to insecurity among minorities. To dodge the issue of the 2002 Gujarat riots, the document will provide a history of communal riots in the country, emphasising that most have taken place under Congress rule.

    Other than Naqvi, the committee which has prepared the document includes senior leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, BJP minority morcha chief Abdul Rasheed Ansari, George Kurien, J.K. Jain (BJP minority morcha prabhari) and Tanvir Ahmad.

    The effort to reach out to the Muslims appears to be an effort to prevent a consolidation of the community's votes if Narendra Modi is declared as the BJP's PM candidate.

    Modi is said to have given the go-ahead for this document. Incidentally, BJP patriarch L.K. Advani had urged the party to come up with a separate charter for minorities, during the BJP's national executive meet in Surajkund last year and Delhi earlier this year.

    Read more at: In a bid to woo Muslims, BJP to unveil vision document to tackle minority-related issues : North, News - India Today

    Identity politics :yey:
     
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    They should at least give 15 to 20 % seats/tickets to Muslims; to start with.
     
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    To woo Muslims or to balance the Congress created imbalance towards Muslims?

    Can only comment once we get to see the document.
     
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    The idea of such a document? Or the document itself? If you are privy to the document, could you please share?

     
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    The idea of it.

    Well its already ready but to be unveiled later I think
     
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    A "Minority Vision doc" from a person who claims "Justice for all, appeasement to none"...

    I would like to wait for and see the document first before passing any comment or judgement.

     
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    Lets wait for the actual document to be released. Only than can we say whether it is for mere appeasement or more.
     
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    The thing is, they have made an announcement to address all kinds of constituencies and not come up and said this is it. 2 months of waiting for it.

    When they say minority there are lots of minorities in India depends on the criteria. Heck everyone is a minority if parameters of caste etc is applied.

    I would have been happy if the BJP had come up with just a Vision Document and addressed how it will go about with inclusive growth without discrimination or favoritism.
     
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    Yesterday in a TV Debate, they claimed that 250 seats have been given to the Muslims in Gujarat in various levels of election.
     
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    I would be very interested in this Vision Document to see how they differ from what the UPA has claimed to have done and will do for the Minorities.

    Politicians are known to never keep to their promises!

    Will BJP be different?

    If so, there will be hope for all Minorities to be treated at par with no quarters asked and all communities becoming only one Majority - Indian!

    Yusuf's post sums up the whole sab cheez.

    However, the circus will now start and there will be competitive politics as we saw in the most disgraceful way and mode during the Uttarakhand Calamity!
     
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    Why Can't the hindus represent the muslims well ??

    R the muslims face any different issues than the hindus of this country ??? :shocked:

    The notion that only muslims can represent muslims is throw back to the two nation theory Jinnha propagated that lead to partition of india and creation of pakistan.
     

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