IOS holds book release function on ‘Empowerment of Indian Muslims’

It was a pleasant surprise for people from academia and intelligentsia to witness a gathering of around 400 people at a three-day seminar of Indian Association of Muslim Social Scientists and Institute of Objective Studies at Patna in November 1998. The academic gathering resulted in another academic activity; the academia’s offered to come out with research-based books on empowerment of Muslims in various domains across the country. The seminar finally bore fruit this week when IOS came out with two books out of an 11-volume series on empowerment. Amid an intellectual congregation from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia and Jamia Hamdard at Constitution Club in New Delhi. Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) and Indian Association of Muslim Social Scientists (IAMSS) New Delhi held a function to release these two books on the subject at Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi, on 9 March 2004.

The function was commenced by the welcome address, delivered by Prof. Z.M. Khan, Secretary General of the Institute, in which he threw light on the subject and explained the importance of the issue.


The book ‘Empowerment of Muslims through Education’ by Prof. M. Akhtar Siddiqui of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, was released by Mrs. Sheila Dixit, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi. On this occasion expressing her view she said “We should seriously think if any community feels that it is being marginalised or neglected”. She also appreciated what the IOS was doing in this field. While the other book entitled ‘Empowerment of Muslims in India: Perspective, Context and Prerequisites’ by Prof. A.R. Momin of Mumbai University, was released by Janab Saiyid Hamid, Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi. Mr. Hamid at this juncture felt that the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) should complete all eleven volumes soon. In addition, he advised to prepare gist of the books that should be translated in other languages like Hindi and Urdu. He urged the need to further work on 4 points regarding the empowerment of Muslims: Illiteracy, health, poverty, inter-community linkage an eminent speaker in the function. Mr. Manzoor Ahmad, former Vice Chancellor of Agra University expressing his views said that knowledge had always been regarded as real power of man. He wished the eleventh volume would come up soon. It is of tremendous importance because it would contain strategies and action plan in the field of empowerment.

Mr. Kamleshwar and Mr. Prabhash Joshi, both Sr. Journalists were among the prominent speakers who urged the need to work on upliftment of Muslims in India. 

Dr. Mohd. Manzoor Alam, Chairman IOS, delivered the presidential address in which he vowed to do utmost for the noble cause of empowerment of Indian Muslims for national benefit. He announced that the Empowerment series of eleven books would be completed by the end of the year. The process of translation of the books is in progress. He added that the other projects suggested by Mr. Hamid were under IOS consideration. The programme was summed up by the vote of thanks by Prof. Z.A. Nizami.

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