Hyderabad: To support the Muslim communities in the changing political social-economic situation of the country, there is need for a think tank that can address burning questions within the community regarding the effect of social, financial and political policies on the community. An independent think tank named Centre for Development Policy and Practice was announced on Wednesday evening during An event organized by Sahayata Trust and Indian Muslim Relief and Charities (IMRC) in Hyderabad.
Minority Affairs Advisor to Government of Telangana Mr. A.K.Khan, economist and former India head of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Prof. Amirullah Khan, eminent politician Mr. Mohammed Ali Shabbir, noted real estate developers, social activists participated in the program.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Amirullah Khan said “the think tank will identify issues and conduct research for solutions to issues such as the impact of new population policy on Indian Muslims, disfranchising of the Muslim community, the effect of delimiting constituencies and national debate on voting rights among others.
The think tank will focus on vulnerable sections of Indian society and the legal framework affecting them.
According to Mr. A K Khan, the future of the community lies in education and employment. As both education and employment are the tools of empowering minorities to leverage them in decision making positions. Emphasizing the need for a think tank, he said ‘research is required to identify focus areas by subject matter experts.’
Former President Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Mr Azhar Aziz stressed on the importance of organized assistance to uplift the socially and financially impoverished sections of the society. CEO of Sahayata Trust Syed Aneesuddin and others were also present on this occasion.
IMRC co-chair Mr. Manzoor Ghori presented the annual report of IMRC of which Sahayata Trust is the implementation partner.