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Jamiatul Ulema to enrol 20,000 volunteers

New Delhi: The Jamiatul Ulema-i-Hind has decided to organise a 'lashkar' (army) of 20,000 volunteers to check atrocities and injustice against minorities. The volunteers would protest and court arrest in those parts of the country where injustice is reported against minorities and other deprived section of the society. The chief of Jamiat Maulana Asad Madni who offered himself for courting arrest along with thousands of workers in New Delhi said that the Muslim community has been a victim of discrimination for the last 54 years. 

The Jamiatul Ulema-i-Hind launched a fortnight 'Save Nation Movement' from October 2, to highlight its various demands. Nearly 5,000 volunteers have already courted arrest in the capital.

He said that the Jamiat believes that the strength, solidarity and progress of the country needs unity of all sections and communal harmony. "For unity, solidarity, peace and safeguarding the resources of the country it is essential that opportunity of progress and justice are equally available to all communities," he said. 

"Only a few communities have access to opportunities to progress and resources. Others remain deprived of that, which has created an imbalance in the system. Naturally that leads to discontent and frustration among the deprived," he added. 

According to him, the representation of Muslims in Lok Sabha, assemblies, government and semi- government establishments and other spheres of life is far less than their ratio to the total population. "The recent anti-Muslim pogrom of Gujarat is another example. The genocide of Muslims had been executed under the state patronage. The heavy loss of life and property suffered by Muslims is latest shameful example of the brutal conduct of communal elements," he added. 

He said more than 23,000 riots have occurred in the last 54 years. Every possible effort had been made to defend those involved in lootings, rampage and other crimes connected with the riots. The commission appointed to inquire into the cause of riots also identified groups involved in the riots, but no effective action has been taken so far against the perpetrators. 

"Several commissions have named RSS and other communal organisations for their role in engineering and fanning the communal violence, but so far no government has taken any effective action against the communal element," Maulana Madani said.

He also expressed concern over the downward graph of Muslim representation in various fields. "Exclusion of Muslims from government, semi-government and private establishments continues. Issuing of secret notifications and circular to stop recruitment of Muslims in the army, intelligence and other key establishments have come to light," he said adding that available statistics show the number of Muslims in important key jobs is not more than two percent. In defense establishment it is between one and two percent. Muslims constitute 12 percent of the total population of the country. 

Andalib Akhter in New Delhi

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