Elections in Gujarat are going to be held in December The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party won the last three assembly elections without the Muslim vote. Neither the Muslim candidates were released, nor actively sought votes from them.
For this reason a concept was created that Muslims have been denied informal voting in the state.
In view of reports of Congress revival, how can the BJP ignore Muslim voters for the fourth consecutive time?
Now the question is whether any party can ignore about 10 percent of the state’s population?
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After the 2002 riots, the Muslims of Gujarat are beginning to feel confident.
Muslim literacy close to 80 percent
Clearly, the Muslim community will not bow down to attract the attention of any party. This is because since the violence of 2002, the confidence of Gujarati Muslims has increased. They have understood the importance of education.
Now his literacy rate has reached almost 80 percent.
Of course it would be wrong to accept that they have recovered from the riots and the families of the victims have stopped seeking justice. It is also not right to believe that he is still silent with anger. A large section of the Muslims have really worked hard to empower themselves while focusing on a magical word “education” while away from the shining of the media.
Indeed, after the 2002 riots, I have seen the story of Gujarati Muslims gradually changing. This community that was isolated and I felt that they were excluded from the mainstream of the nation. Gujrati Muslims were first caught by fear and insecurity.
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Four-fold Muslim-run educational institutions
Due to the good opportunities for education, they began to lift their voices. Frustrated with official apathy, he decided to help himself.
At the time of 2002 violence, the number of Muslim-run educational institutions was 200. Which has increased to 800 by 2017 Most of these institutions were born after the 2002 riots.
I met a 12-year-old girl wearing a hijab in a school in Ahmedabad, who with great confidence told me that she is a Muslim and she is proud to be Gujarati and Indian.
The other girls also said the same. Several schools run by the Muslim community in Shahpur area of Ahmedabad have been successful in providing secular education to hundreds of Muslim girls.
The word firados was not a simple statement. This certainly does not reflect the bitterness of the past. It also means that the riot victims taught positive language to the new generation.
Some students wanted to become a doctor, then some IT professionals. Nobody agreed with the idea of taking revenge. His principal teacher told me that he is making these children stronger with the knowledge and skills of weapons that no government or employer in the future should ignore them.
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Today, it is common for Gujarat to have big beards, Islamic dresses and large numbers of mosques.
Political empowerment is not far
Jobs will come to them. He showed this saying that he would prosper. And once he succeeds, political powers will come to him.
Hanif Lakrwala is a prominent social worker of the Muslim community of Ahmedabad. He once told me that Gujarat is a Hindu laboratory and Muslims are getting its fruits.
But according to them education has given an opportunity to make the community socially strong. He says that now the educated Muslims are out of their homesteads and are meeting with other communities.
In Vadodara, I met a young married woman who was elected by the members of the Hindu Council in the village. He said that if Muslim empowerment starts from below, then he has no problem in it.
Incidentally, I met Muslim merchants, businessmen and restaurant owners whose faces were not scared but rather confident.
Today, gathering large beards, Islamic attire and a large number of mosques in Gujarat is normal. And no one is complaining to the majority community too.
The self-esteem of Muslims in Gujarat seems to have been restored. Now his political empowerment too does not look too far