The project ‘India 2047’ is result of a series of discussions over the years 2013 and 2014 hosted by Empower India Foundation, a voluntary organisation working for empowerment of minorities as well as marginalized classes. The discussions held to ponder upon ways to overcome the plight of Indian Muslim community as indicated by various study reports, gave way to the idea of a long term project with a vision and mission which would motivate the entire community to work collectively for realising the shared goal of empowerment.
The idea was that any society that wants to alter its present for better must think ahead of times, set a goal, plan in detail and work collectively towards accomplishing it. Instead of lamenting the past 66 years since independence, the community itself has to take the responsibility of setting the vision and mission, prepare and execute a long-term plan with short-term sub plans for the remaining 33 years for a new India of an empowered Muslim community by the dawn the 2nd century of independence in 2047.
A team of eminent social workers and academicians connected to Empower India Foundation formulated a scalable framework for the project with a defined vision and mission. They identified different focus areas and constituted work groups for each. Each work group carried out related data collection and research for their respective area. Parallel to these tasks, consultations with academics and developmental experts from different disciplines and other brainstorming sessions were also held.
Apparently this will be too massive a project for any single organization or charity group with limited means and reach to accomplish. First of all it had to be presented and discussed before the very community in question, from its leaders to scholars and to the masses at grass root level. In this regard, Empower India Foundation in coordination with various regional organizations held national seminars at Calicut, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad New Delhi, and Kolkata on six relevant topics. Academics and subject experts attended, presented papers on respective topics and shared their ideas. Needless to say, the response was very encouraging. Carrying the message further down to the people, EIF organised about 50 table discussions and review sessions across the country to garner regional input and for wider consultations with the participation of local community leaders, intellectuals and activists. Most participants affirmed the need of a long term project with a vision for future for the community and offered all possible support to the project.
Project team is headquartered in New Delhi with regional offices at various parts of the country. Drafting of the project is in its final stage and will be made available to public soon.