Hyderabad: Elements of right-wing ideologies are becoming powerful in the entire world. The situation is same in our country too. Especially Muslims are the most troubled lot. They are very backward in educational, economic and political sectors. As a result they are being exploited on every front. It is our bad luck that there are many who claim community leadership but the so called leadership lack sincerity. Today Muslims can progress by holding fast to the rope of Allah and getting close to the religion. These views were expressed by Ex. Minister of State Maharashtra and NCP leader Dr. Fouzia Khan in an interview to Siasat.
Dr. Fouzia Khan was a well-known politician of Maharashtra during 2002 to 2014. Answering to a question, she maintained that Muslims are being exploited in every field of life. But instead of getting disappointed Muslims should focus towards education and business. Education is a weapon through which we can fight prejudice, bias, communalism, injustice and oppression.
Dr. Fouzia Khan had the honour of being first Muslim woman minister in NCP-Congress coalition government. Dr. Fouzia Khan was given 8 key port folios like General Administration, Protocol, Minority Welfare (Awqaf), School Education, Women & Child, Cultural Affairs, Information and Public Relations. Dr. Fouzia Khan and her husband Tahseen Ahmed Khan are striving for Muslims’ progress in Maharashtra. She is running 15 English and Urdu Medium in Parbhani in which 20 to 25 thousand students are studying. She is also running College of Food Technology in Parbhani.
Dr. Fouzia Khan is counted among close confidante of NCP Chief Sharad Pawar. She donated 5 acres land for Maulana Azad National Urdu University at Khuldabad, Aurangabad in 2008. Dr. Fouzia Khan plays important role in Federation of All Maharashtra Minority Education Organisation (FAME). She feels that Muslim women should enter into Civil Services.
Lauding Siasat’s services the ex-minister said Siasat is not just a newspaper but a movement in itself. She expressed surprise over how it can manage to work in a much organised way for social, educational and political development and prosperity of the community, along with the journalistic services. She further said by presenting news, reports, analyses and reviews in English and Hindi languages, Siasat.com has successfully tried to allay misunderstanding among countrymen regarding Muslims.
Dr. Fouzia Khan, along with her husband Tahseen Ahmed Khan and noted social activist Khalid Saifuddin, met Managing Editor Siasat, Mr. Zaheeruddin Ali Khan and news editor Siasat Mr. Amer Ali khan and discussed national and community issues. Mr. Zaheeruddin Ali Khan apprised them of Siasat’s social and educational activities. Padma Shree Mujtaba Husain was also present on the occasion.
Dr. Fouzia Khan feels that Muslims educational and economic backwardness can be eliminated, if similar activities carried out by Siasat are also undertaken in other parts of the country.