He also stressed that “Default by the State or its agents in terms of deprivation, exclusion and discrimination (including failure to provide security) has to be corrected by the State at the earliest and appropriate instruments developed for it".

Speaking at the golden jubilee celebration of the All India Majlis-E-Mushawarat, an apex forum of Muslim organisations, Ansari said the challenge was also to develop strategies and methodologies to address the issues confronting the Muslims such as empowerment, getting equitable share in states wealth and fair share in decision making process.

"The official objective of 'sabka sath, sabka vikas' is commendable. A pre-requisite for this is affirmative action to ensure a common starting point and an ability in all to walk at the required pace,” he added.

"This ability has to be developed through individual, social and governmental initiatives that fructify on the ground. Programmes have been made in abundance. The need of the hour is their implementation," Ansari said.

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