delivered by Mrs Sheila Dixit on the occasion of Book Release Function held on
March 9, 2004 at Constitution Club
Manzoor Alam is a very eminent scholar. Besides, his eminence as a scholar, he
is like a dear brother to me. I could not, therefore, resist the temptation of
participating in this function to release two very important books which are
part of the series of books which the Institute keeps publishing in the interest
of the community. More importantly, these books draw the attention of all of us,
whether in government or out of government, indeed, of the society as a whole to
the aspirations, the problems and struggles of the Muslim community to get the
place which it needs to have and ought to have, in the context of Indian civil
are very very important studies which I have occasionally tried out. Whatever I
learnt from the Institute and its able chairman makes me believe that this
institute is rendering a vital human service in terms of bringing about
intra-community and inter-community understanding. For those who are outside the
community it is extremely important to know and to analyse what is the situation
like and how we can meet the challenges, collectively as well as individually.
we are all at par with each other, socially we are friends and we live in peace
and harmony but peace and harmony gets disturbed off and on. Though
I am saying it, and I am a politician, I have no hesitation in saying that
the cause of these disturbances is political greed or, to put it more politely,
has to be acknowledged that those among the Muslim community who have had access
to education and have been educated are second to no body in this country.
Whether they are professors, scientists, artists, writers, administrators,
policemen or soldiers in the army – they have acquitted themselves creditably.
common mass of Muslim community, like many other parts of the society in India,
are deprived and neglected. We need to bring them into the mainstream, to make
them equal components and sharers of our national life. That is the
biggest challenge before this community. Education is an important part of the
endeavour to meet this challenge.
is not just a paramount need of a particular community. Muslims in this
case, but of all communities. Education is the key to success, the key to move
forward, the key to growth of as also the key to resource development. That is
the crucial area where the institute of objective studies is really doing
very good work. Empowerment comes with education but without empowerment
community feels it is being neglected, marginalised and sidelined.
think we need to have a relook why this feeling is developing; It is a very
serious challenge. It requires collective thinking in order to see that those
who are causing the marginalisation and those who are being marginalised come
together and reverse this situation, to convert it into a happy situation.