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We will fight the Hindutva project: Maulana Arshad Madani

New Delhi: “No effort to convert India to a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ would be allowed to succeed. Followers of various religions can survive only under the Indian Constitution by safeguarding their own identities and religious symbolisms. We are determined to fight for preserving the constitution and secularism to our last breath," said the President of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind (JUH), Maulana Syed Arshad Madani during the “National Solidarity Conference” at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here on 12 March.

Maulana Madani said, “Today the country is facing a situation of pain, breathlessness, fear and a naked dance of communal hatred which hadn’t been witnessed in the past. The country has totally fallen in the hands of fascism. Therefore, it is imperative that political and social organisations and institutions believing in secularism and superiority of law should unite to frustrate the unholy designs of the communal forces. If law and Constitution is not allowed to prevail and justice is not upheld, the country cannot remain united, which would be destructive for both the majority and minority." Taking a direct hit at the ruling BJP, Maulana Madani asked, “Who are they to issue certificates of patriotism or treason? First, they should tell us what they have done for the country and what sacrifices did they themselves or their forefathers offered for the independence of the country?"

The JUH president said, “Our ancestors had seen a dream of reconstruction, development and prosperity of the country after independence. But, the second generation leaders of our country have smashed all those dreams due to their short-sightedness, communal thinking and actions. It resulted in depravity of a large chunk of the population, particularly Muslims, Christians, other minorities, Dalits and weaker sections. From May 2014, after the change of government at the Centre, the last 20 months have seen the county’s condition and the attitude of the rulers changing drastically. Lack of tolerance is visible in every nook and corner of the country. Scholars and intellectuals have been protesting against this attitude of the rulers and are returning their awards and honours. But the rulers are not listening to these voices. The communal forces have got a free hand to carry out religious conversion programmes in the name of “ghar wapsi". Mosques and churches are being targeted. Madrasas, which had taken a lead in the Independence movement, are being targeted. The eating habits of the citizens are being curbed in the name of banning beef. Muslims are being arrested and beaten to death on fake charges of cow-slaughter. Leaders of the ruling party are threatening to deport Muslims to Pakistan. Even the killer of Mahatma Gandhi, Godse, has been made a hero and his statues are being erected on public places.

Maulana Madani accused the government that it has completely failed in controlling the forces that spread communalism and hatred among communities. Today the country is full of fear from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. A schism has been created between Hindus and Muslims. Even the ruling party leaders, elected representatives and ministers are on a daily basis using a language which is spreading hatred in the country. At some places, Muslims are thrown behind bars in the name of fighting terrorism while at others, innocent Muslims accused of fictitious charges of cow-slaughter, are attacked and even lynched. At some places, they are declaring that they will cut 10 heads for one, while at others, cash is being offered for those cutting tongues of people who raise their voice in favour of righteousness. It seems all this is being done to test the patience of Muslims, Christians, other minorities and Dalits. The government is not doing anything to fight communalism. Instead, it seems that it is backing all these disruptive elements from behind.

On the occasion of this conference, the UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, sent a message which was read out by the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad. In her message, the Congress President termed the conference as an effective step in view of the prevailing circumstances of the country. She said that the country at present is passing through a delicate period. Communal forces are conspiring in an organised way to create an atmosphere of hatred and break the unity of the country. Secular people are being particularly targeted, which is most disturbing. In these circumstances, all the citizens of the country will have to unite and work for national integration. Sonia Gandhi added that the role of JUH has always been praiseworthy for the cause of national integration. Jamiat had fought unitedly with the Congress for the Independence of the country. At the time of partition also, JUH continued to stand with Gandhiji, supporting the cause of national integration.

Maulana Mahmood Madani, general secretary of the parallel Jamiat Ulama-e Hind, said that under the prevailing conditions of the country, the problem is not only for Muslims, but for all citizens. He said, it is often asked why only Muslims should mention national integration? The answer for this question is, “Our ancestors have shed their blood to win independence. This is our country and we love it. Then, how can we sit as mute spectators while it’s being destroyed?" He said it is also a fact that in spite of all evils and short-comings, Indian Muslims are in a much better condition than the Muslims of neighbouring countries, for which they should always thank Allah.

Acharya Pramod Krishnan, targeting the Prime Minister said, “On 11 March Modi said, the whole world is his tribe. This is a nice way of saying things. But, I am sorry to say that Narendra Modi who calls all the world his tribe, is hesitating in adopting his own tribe. Acharya said that the walls of hatred have begun to rise. Therefore, they will have to be brought down very soon, otherwise it would be too late. He expressed amazement that a so-called “Sadhu” is talking about sending Muslims to Pakistan. It is two years that he couldn’t send a single Muslim to Pakistan. Instead, he himself has already gone to Pakistan and that too without invitation and without informing his countrymen about it. He said, “When a storm rises, any braggart becomes a king." Acharya insisted that Muslims are not terrorists, but they are being forced to become one.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2016 on page no. 13

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