Plea against 'ignoring' Muslim leaders on anniversary list

 Senior journalist and activist Sarfaraz Arzu has filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court questioning the Maharashtra government for  “ignoring” heroes and leaders from the Muslim community from its list of anniversaries and national days on which official functions are to be held in their memory.

The petition would be heard in the due course of time.
The government circular was issued on November 30, 2015 and the list includes 26 days.
The petition has been filed by Arzu, editor of Urdu daily Hindustan and the general secretary of Urdu Journalists’ Association.

The Maharashtra government, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Minority Affairs Minister Eknath Khadse and Chairman of Minorities Commission Amir Hussain  have been made the respondents.  “It is unfortunate the government has not been able to find a single great figure from the Muslim community... It is in national interest that students and masses should know that Indian Muslims have done service of the motherland and humanity, but somehow what the people come to know is the gloomy part of some misguided Muslims creating a false Islamophobia,” the petition states.

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