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Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind delegation meets Prime Minister
|New Delhi: The Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, received a delegation led by Maulana As'ad Madani, President, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind on November 2 here. During the meeting, Maulana Madani dwelt upon the objectives of Mulk-o-Millat Bachao (Save the Country and Community) movement .
The organisation launched a countrywide "Jail bharo" (Fill-up-the-jails) agitation from October 2-15, to press for a series of demands agitating the minds of Muslims in the country for long.
Maulana Madani put forward a list of demands before the PM which includes ban on RSS and affiliated organisations, reservations for Muslims in all spheres of life, payment of compensation to Muslim victims of riots etc.
In the course of the civil disobedience movement, 30,588 protestors courted arrest. The concluding day of the agitation saw at least 10,000 protestors staging dharna (sit-in) before the Prime Minister's residence.
"The Prime Minister gave a patient hearing to the delegation and said that we will consider these demands at length and will continue dialogue if necessary," Maulana Madani said.
It may, however, be noted that exclusion of Muslims from government, semi-government and private establishments continues. Secret notifications and circulars to stop recruitment of Muslims to army, intelligence and other key establishments are issued from time to time.
According to available statistics, the number of Muslims in important key jobs is not more than 2 percent in defence establishments i.e. between 1 percent and 2 percent. Their share in jobs under Zila Parishad, Municipalities and Corporations is less than that.
Besides, Muslims stand to suffer in the course of more than 23,000 riots for the last 55 years. While under Article 21 of Constitution it is the responsibility of the State to protect life and property of the citizen, the administration, police and their high officials practice discrimination against Muslims by their brazen partisan conduct. On the contrary no action is taken against those involved in engineering the riots. No FIR is registered whatsoever. And, no culprit has either been convicted or sent to the gallows for murderous role in the riots.
¯ MG Correspondent
Jamiat-Ulama -i- Hind memorandum to the PM
Dear Prime Minister,
On 15th Oct., the final day of our two-week long "Save the Country and Nation" peaceful civil disobedience agitation whereby 30588 persons from all over the country courted arrest protesting against neglect of our memorandum of demands submitted to your good self earlier. We were assured by Mr. Vijay Goyal, the hon’ble Minister of State for PMO that we would be provided the opportunity to meet you and our demands would be given due consideration very shortly. We thank you very much that the first part of the assurance has been fulfilled. We are now submitting to you the memorandum of our 13 demands earnestly hoping that the second part of the assurance too would be fulfilled.
In order to put our agitation in its right perspective, I would like to mention that the massacre of minorities and usurpation of their constitutional rights during last 55 years does not affect the specific communities only but the social and economic progress of our country is stalled due to communal violence and discrimination being vigorously propagated and pursued by anti-secular and anti-democratic fascist forces. Therefore it is the prime duty of yours as the Prime Minister of our great country to rescue our secular and democratic Constitution from being hijacked. Our 13 demands are based on the principles of justice, equality, freedom and right to life and property enshrined in our Constitution. Their acceptance means upholding the Constitution of India and their rejection means rejection of Constitution of India. I do hope this perspective will facilitate the correct choice.
Along with the memorandum of demands we have also enclosed the recommendations of National Integration Council on communal riots and draft of proposed bill for Preventive and Punitive measures and compensation to communal riots victims for guidance and ready reference.
With kind regards
(Maulana) As’ad Madani,