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“Muslims are an asset”: Madni

Ahmedabad: Under the aegis of JUH, Gujarat Jamiat Ulama had organise a general session in Ahmedabad on 17th April, 2011 in which many famous speakers lashed out at the Modi government for gross human violations against people in general and Muslims in particular.

Swami Agnivesh was in the most attacking mood during the conference. While around 3,000 Muslims listened attentively to Maulana Syed Mahmood Asad Madani’s call for communal harmony, film director Mahesh Bhatt attacked Modi government for its attitude towards minorities.

Swami Agnivesh said that he would bring Anna hazare to Gujarat within a couple of weeks and would show him the misdeeds of Modi. It must be mentioned that Anna, praised  Modi for development in Gujarat

During the conference, several resolutions were passed for the betterment of Muslims in the country. The Jamiat Ulema demanded that, in the light of the Sachar committee report, Muslims be given representation in all spheres of public life in proportion to their numbers in society. A senior representative of the Jamiat said that, to avert communal riots, a law must be enacted making senior officials and the district administration responsible.

There was more criticism for the state government, this time from the filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. “It is said that there is 10% growth in the state but money alone can’t buy happiness and solidarity,” Bhatt said. He also questioned Anna Hazare for praising the Gujarat chief minister and called on Muslims to unite to spread love. “You have to unite to spread love like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King,” Bhatt said.

But Mukul Sinha, a senior lawyer who has represented riot victims in the Gujarat high court and the Nanavati commission, said the message of love has had no effect on the state government. “We have been trying that for the last 10 years but it has had no effect,” he said.

Maulana Mahmood Madani in his speech asked Muslim youths to contribute more to society and religion. “There is no better place for Muslims in the world than India. However, at the same time, it cannot be denied that they have suffered,” he said.

He even asked Muslims to introspect. “Muslims are an asset. Yet, at times, people find it discomforting to see a Muslim next to them. Our image has been distorted by others. It is time youngsters come forward and changed the image,” he said.
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 10

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