American Chronicle | India: Tackle Muslim societies then terror

OPINION: Atul Chatterjee – August 29, 2008

One example of an advanced community are Ismailis who are advanced, girls and boys study together, in schools run by the Aga Khan Foundation, which also has more than a sprinkling of other Muslim communities and Hindus.

This Foundation has the financial muscle to open a couple of hundre schools. Also it has the capability of absorbing students from other Muslim communities in an atmosphere where there is more open engagement. (Their schools employ non-Muslim teachers and they are not particularly sectarian in their approach.)

Azim Premji the owner of the IT company Wipro is also an Ismaili, most of his foundation´s work is directed at teacher improvement in government schools.

There is little cohesion between the various Muslim communities to tackle Muslim problems. Besides the clergy Muslims do not have another line of social leaders cutting across communities, most Muslim politicians are allied to the clergy.

Wipro Chairman Azim Premji addressing the Great Lakes' Convocation 2011 at Trade Centre in Chennai
Wipro Chairman Azim Premji addressing the Great Lakes’ Convocation 2011 at Trade Centre in Chennai

Via American Chronicle | India: Tackle Muslim societies then terror


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