The city reportedly went about its business the next day in cynicaldisregard for the dead, and the
exponents were all praise forBombayites’
in the face of grave danger. The first lead in a
newspaper the next day was that the serial bomb blasts werethe handiwork of Hindu organizations!The refrain of - the
- continued tillDelhi was bombed in 2008. The bombings of Jaipur, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad were explained away as an expression of Muslim angeragainst the BJP as these states were ruled by the party. The
alibis for the mass murders included social alienation, exclusion frommain stream society, poverty, poor representation in government jobsand anger against Ayodhya and Gujarat riots that followed the savage burning of fifty nine
in February 2002.
With its eyes firmly locked on
vote banks, the congress government didits bit to fuel disinformation by constituting the Justice Rajinder Sacharcommittee to prepare a report, ostensibly on the social, economic andeducational status of the Muslim community in India. The other members of thecommittee include Mr. Sayyid Hamid, Dr. T.K. Ooman, Mr. M.A. Basith, Dr. Akhtar Majeed, Dr. Abu Saleh Shariff and Dr. Rakesh Basant with Dr. Syed ZafarMahmood, a civil servant, appointed by the prime minister as Officer on SpecialDuty (OSD) to assist the commission.The committee’s job was all the more easier as it was given
it wasonly expected to go out and find
to fit into them!
, it did it andhow?
Try as you might, you can not
the committee of objectivity or doinganything right either by commission or omission. The committee’s report, to borrow from information technology jargon, was doomed to be
(garbagein, garbage out) right from inception. The committee set out with faulty assumptions, faulty data collection, faulty analysis and of course ended up inarriving at faulty conclusions.The following may be summed up as the report’s errors of commission andomission. The report did not take into account the bulk of educated employedMuslims that migrated to Pakistan when the country was partitioned. It did nottake into account the numbers of Muslims engaged in trades and otherprofessions. It excluded the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes fromcorresponding Hindu figures thus annulling any equity in its comparisons. Last but not least it excluded educated / well off Muslims from comparisons.The committee ignored the fact that the country did provide fair and equitableopportunities to all and those Muslims who availed of them did prosper - infilmdom, in industry, in government / university jobs or in politics. If you go by the findings of the report, Asghar Ali Enginner, A. G. Noorani, Azim Premji, SyedShabuddin, the Khan trio and other Muslim celebrities of Bollywood and a host of other Muslims in high places (Sayyid Hamid, T.K. Ooman, M.A. Basith, Akhtar