Indian Muslims have come a long way since the Partition of the country some 58 years ago. Despite setbacks and reversals they have over the years strengthened the social fabric and have taken India towards the path of the development. They over the years have matured enough to not let the riots, carnages, destruction of their mosques, deter them from the path of development.
Now they are running a large number of educational institutions, medical facilities and managing other social and charitable institutions in large parts of the country. These educational institutions, health and other facilities are not just benefiting the Muslim community in those areas, but all the communities of the country. And this is happening in the oddest of circumstances. These social activities are even increasing in the times of adversity.
The role of NGOs in economic empowerment of Muslims is assuming importance in the present context. The vacuum created by the withdrawal of state in the affairs of the development like education and health is being filled by private sector establishments and NGOs. There is a great need for creating synergy and promoting co-operation among Muslim NGOs in particular and with other mainstream NGOs in general.
They also need to seek co-operation and close relations with other community organisations working in different areas in the country. Muslim NGOs in the North can learn a lot from successful NGOs working in the South India.
Directory of Muslim NGOs in India is a small effort to make this co-operation possible. This would facilitate Muslim NGOs functioning in different parts of the country to co-ordinate and benefit from each other's experiences.
This directory contains names, addresses, telephone numbers, Fax numbers, email addresses and contact names of around twelve hundred important NGOs functioning across the country.