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Ignored by Muslim Leaders

I was delighted to read Naseem A Zaidi’s article, “Muslims in the Civil Services” (EPW, 18 January 2014). It brings out a simple fact that has always been ignored by the so-called Muslim leaders. Forty years ago I pointed out the same in a letter published in The Hindustan Times (Delhi) of 6 October 1973. Allow me to quote briefly from it. 

I was delighted to read Naseem A Zaidi’s article, “Muslims in the Civil Services” (EPW, 18 January 2014). It brings out a simple fact that has always been ignored by the so-called Muslim leaders. Forty years ago I pointed out the same in a letter published in The Hindustan Times (Delhi) of 6 October 1973. Allow me to quote briefly from it. 

“It seems that five universities accounted for 2,457 candidates, by sending more than 300 candidates each. The AMU is not listed among those five. Twelve sent less than 300 but over 100 candidates each; if we assume an average of 175, these twelve will account for an additional 2,100. The AMU is not listed among the twelve. At least eight universities sent less than 100 but over 50 candidates each; an average of 75 would let them account for another 600 candidates. The AMU is not listed among these eight either. Please bear in mind that these figures are for the candidates who merely appeared in the examination, and not for those who actually passed. I do not imply that there were no Muslim candidates from other universities. I do not imply that there were no Hindus among those who may have applied from the AMU. Nor do I suggest for a moment that discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, language, even colour is not a part of our life in India. But, since the AMU is always asserted to be the last hope of the Muslim youth in India, I would like to know just how many candidates did apply from that institution and how did they fare.” (The full letter is reproduced in M R A Baig’s The Muslim Dilemma in India, Delhi, 1974, pp 114-15.) 

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