There is an old saying, evil exists not because of the evil people, but because of Good people doing nothing about the talks and acts of bad people. What can you do? The least you can do is to tell bad guys to shut up when they spew hatred towards all Gujaratis instead of individuals villains. Get a few more to say shut up, deep inside, the bad guys are not really bad, because they do shut up when a few people say it - otherwise they think they have the permission to spread hatred or belittle fellow Gujaratis.
A victim and survivor of Gujarat Riots of 2002; now a student of AMU; has beaten all records of hard work and dedication.
AMU research scholar selected for $1,20,000 scholarship:
In February 2002, when 15-year-old Sheikh Zulfiqar Mohmad Yusuf peeped out from the window of his house in Himmatnagar in Gujarat, he saw two communities baying for each other's blood. "That incident didn't take my life or my property but it attacked my sense of belonging and identity. The riots emboldened my resolve to rise above the circumstances," he said.
Today, this research scholar in economics from Aligarh Muslim University whose experience of staying in a relief camp prompted him to research what is now known as the 'Gujarat growth model', has got a scholarship worth 120,000 USD (Rs 74.28 lakh) from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago to study business administration. This way, Zulfiqar has joined a select group of students from across the globe earning distinction for academic, social and extracurricular activities.
Recalling his early days, the madarsa-schooled researcher said his family shifted to a relief camp in Gujarat because "we wanted to stay with the community." "The feeling of mistrust and fear had seeped in so much that there was no escaping from it. We found safety in numbers and gathered around our community members."
Zulfiqar conducted Research on "GUJARAT GROWTH MODEL" and has condemned the claims made by Gujarat Government and admits, they are Fake. During the research, Yusuf said he found that the rural population and members from the backward class have not benefited from any development. "Only the occupational structure of most of the communities has changed".
As for his future plans, he said he was studying to bring Gujarat back to its harmonious days, when there was no fear and aggression.
Zulfiqar admits that Gujarat riots were the failure of administration of Gujarat, "I would like to be a civil servant, because the riots were also the result of administrative failure."
For his above Research work, the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago has selected him for a prestigious presidential scholarship of 120,000 USD (74,28000 INR).
Zulfiqar, a recipient of SEAL (Services, Excellence, Academics and Leadership) award by Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) in 2012, was nominated by Robert G Templin, President of the NVCC for the IIT Presidential Scholarship. The exemplary academic record of Mr. Zulfiqar has earned him a place among the distinguished students of the University whose alumni include a Nobel laureate.