“….No person who professes a religion different from the Hindu [, the Sikh or the Buddhist] religion shall be deemed to be a member of a Scheduled Caste” says THE CONSTITUTION (SCHEDULED CASTES) ORDER, 1950. It might be so on paper but in reality there are many Muslims who are denied of their fundamental rights under Art 14, Art 15 and Art 25 by not being recognized as Dalits under the constitution inspite of being socially, educationally and politically backward and their state being no better than the Hindu, Sikh or Buddhist dalits.
This very thought triggered my search for a website or a blog exclusively voicing Dalit Muslims right. To my surprise, I didn’t passed through a single one. It was shocking that there was not enough information on these victims of complex and patriarchy based Indian Muslim socio-cultural environment. The very realization of this mass ignorance led me to create this blog and shall keep me motivated to update it too till Govt. succeeds in providing the same privileges (in “actual” practice) to Dalit Muslims as to others.
This thinking of mine, has been highly influenced over the time by the type of people I am surrounded by. I was born in a very humble background in Usia (a village in distt. Ghazipur in state of Uttar Pradesh) and was named Mohammad Shahanshah Ansari. Growing up in a respected family, where most of the family members are at responsible posts in Govt. Services and Private Sectors had itself instilled in me the sense of responsibility and commitment at a tender age.
The interest in the working of the system, politics, social and cultural issues, and the sense to use and ask for one’s right came along with heredity in me with my grandfather being a freedom fighter. Hard work, patience, persistence and simplicity are what I learnt and observed from my father and Grand Father.
After completing my schooling from my hometown itself, I got admission in Aligarh Muslim University for higher studies. Later I completed my Master in Computer application from Rajiv Gandhi Technical University, Bhopal in 2006.
While in Gwalior and Bhopal, I had the chance to know my Uncle (Abba). I term those nine years as the purification and building days of my character. His calmness never gave a hint to the person before, of the firm police officer side of his character. He is not only a dedicated and honest person but also patriotic and passionate about the upliftment of nation’s citizens. His principles are rock strong and he is a firm believer of social justice, equality, and democracy. He was my inspiration then and will for sure continue to be ever. The amount of public confidence, which he carried, being a representative of government, is marvelous. He is even concerned about the state of minorities in our nation and had a unique quality of carrying impartial observance of the rule of law with everyone. It was with him that I learnt the lessons of courage, commitment, leadership, teamwork, justice, social responsibility and equality.
Apart from these, for a living I work as a software Engineer (now with an experience of 3 years), currently posted onsite in Jeddah for Saudi Arabian Airlines. As far as personal interests are concerned, I have a special love for newspapers, books and thought provoking articles. I can spend hours on T.V. watching news and surfing net on the same