This is a speech by Arif Mohammad Khan.
Courtesy of Prof. Muhammad Sharif Khan
Arif Mohammad Khan (born 1951 in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh) is a former cabinet minister in the union of India. He has had several portfolios ranging from energy to civil aviation. He is actively involved in reforming religious ideas according to the present world.
If the Muslims can give up their obsession with the so called Shariah Law and focus on compassion, justice, mutual consultations and human rights, all fundamental and core Quranic constructs, they will be able to over come the sectarian divide among themselves, in addition to ensuring good governance.
Khan was born in 1951 in Bulandshahr. Barabasti or Barah Basti is a group of 12 villages lying in Bulandshahr district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. He was educated at Jamia Millia School, Delhi, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and Shia College, Lucknow University.
Arif Mohammad Khan started his political career as student leader. He contested the first legislative assembly election from Siyana constituency of Bulandshahar on Bharatiya Kranti Dal party’s banner but defeated. He became member of legislative assembly of UP in 1977 at the age of 26.
Khan joined the Indian National Congress party and was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1980 from Kanpur and 1984 from Bahraich. In 1986, he quit the Indian National Congress due to differences over the passage of Muslim Personal Law Bill which was piloted by Rajiv Gandhi in the Lok Sabha. He was against the triple talaq legislation and resigned because of differences with Rajiv Gandhi on this issue. Arif Bhai joined the Janata Dal and was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1989. During the Janata Dal rule Khan served union Minister of Civil aviation and Energy. He left the Janata Dal to join the Bahujan Samaj Party and again entered the Lok Sabha in 1998. Khan held ministerial responsibilities from 1984 to 1990. In 2004, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and later unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha election as a BJP candidate from Kaisarganj constituency. Khan quit the BJP in 2007 because he was “being ignored in the party”.