Patna, Jan 22: Muslims in the country should shed their “minority syndrome” and look at themselves as the second biggest chunk of population in order to find solutions to their socio-economic problems, Rajya Sabha deputy chairman K Rahman Khan today said.
The change of perspective would give them a sense of empowerment and of their being a collective unit to seek redressal of their socio-economic problems from within the community and the political system, he said at a conference hosted by the Bihar Pradesh Qaumi Tanzeem (BPQT).
The Muslims should understand that the solution to their problems did not lie with the government or other communities, but with themselves for which they should set out their priorities and look for a solution, the 73 year-old Congress MP from Karnataka said.
It was a matter of concern that the community have failed to unite their collective betterment 60 years since the Independence, he said and asked the community to introspect on the reasons for their deprivation.
The community stood divided on grounds of caste, sub-religious groups, besides politically.
Stating that there was a general disinclination in the community to educate its children, Khan said Muslims should change their views to bring about improvement in their quality of life, family, religious group and society at large, besides making them competitive as with other sections of the society.