Majority of Muslims were not in favour of partition: Ansari

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New Delhi, Jun 8 (UNI) Vice President Hamid Ansari has said majority of Muslims opposed partition of India in 1947 as they were fully aware of its adverse implications and repercussions.

Releasing a book -- ''Muslims of India Since Partition'' -- written by noted civil liberties activist Balraj Puri, here yesterday, the Vice President said many reputed Muslim intellectuals refused to move to Pakistan as they never subscribed to the two-nation theory, propagated by Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

Talking about the invitation extended by Mr Jinnah to his father inviting him to take important assignments in Pakistan, Dr Ansari said his father refused it and preferred to spend his entire life in India to work for the upliftment of poor and downtrodden.

''My father's views represented sentiments of a majority of Muslims, who preferred India over Pakistan as their home,'' the Vice President said.

The function was attended by former foreign secretary Muchkund Dubey, noted journalist Pran Chopra, social activists and many others.

Dr Ansari said the government was committed to implement the recommendations of the Sachar Committee for eradicating economic and educational backwardness of Muslims.

The Indian constitution provides equal opportunities for all so it is essential to chalk out programmes for economic benefit of the poor and downtrodden people. The country could progress only if all the sections of society are given opportunities for empowerment, he added.

Speaking at the function, Mr Dubey lambasted ''communal forces'' for demolishing the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya. This was an attempt by the disruptive and divisive forces to destroy secular fabric of the country, he said.

The author of the book Mr Puri lauded the role of sufi saints in promoting harmony and amity among various religions and sects.

''The role of Muslim saints in propagating universal brotherhood was commendable,'' he said adding that Muslims were secular by nature and it was wrong to take them as fundamentalists.

To support his claim, he referred to a 'Fatwa' issued by the Darul Uloom, Deoband declaring terrorism as an anti-Islamic act.

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