NEW DELHI: March 22, 2016, DHNS Says move must to remove backwardness An international conclave of Sufi luminaries and scholars has urged the Nare
Says move must to remove backwardness
Giving a serious consideration to the minority character of these educational institutions was “imperative” to alleviate educational backwardness of Muslims in India, the World Sufi Forum noted in a 25-point charter of demands released after the conclusion of their four-day conference here on Sunday.
The demand of the Sufi Forum comes at a time when the minority status of the AMU and JMI has come into question with the Centre maintaining that the two were not minority institutions.
In a matter pending before the Supreme Court pertaining to AMU, the Centre recently submitted that it did not support granting minority status to the varsity.
The submission was made during hearing of an appeal filed by the AMU against a judgement of the Allahabad High Court, which stripped the varsity of its minority status in 2006.
“The Government should note that without social and educational development of India’s Muslims, there can be no global progress at all,” the Forum noted in its charter of demands to be submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office.
“The remedy for the elimination of radicalism and extremist ideologies is in the ideology of Sufism only,” it said.
The AIUMB urged the Centre to consider setting up of an university in the name of Sufi saint Khwaja Gareeb Nawaz, establishment of Sufi chair in universities, special budgetary allocation for promotion of Sufi culture and Persian language.