1. RSS hijacked Narendra Modi’s development agenda: AIMPLB members

RSS hijacked Narendra Modi’s development agenda: AIMPLB members

Any attempt to "impose" Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) agenda and curtail religious freedom of Muslims will be challenged...

By: | Jaipur | Published: March 22, 2015 12:29 AM
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AIMPLB alleged that the agenda of development on which Narendra Modi had contested election has been “left behind”, according to the members present at the conclave. PTI

Any attempt to “impose” Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) agenda and curtail religious freedom of Muslims will be challenged at all appropriate levels, members of All India Muslim Personal Law Board asserted today while vowing to carry out a campaign to clear “misunderstandings” spread by the Sangh outfits.

Issues like religious conversion, inclusion of chapter of Bhagwad Gita in syllabus and introduction of Yoga and Surya Namaskar in schools were raised at the 24th national meeting of AIMPLB, an apex Muslim body.

The members accused RSS and other Hindu outfits of trying to force their agenda on Muslims. They alleged that the agenda of development on which Narendra Modi had contested election has been “left behind”, according to the members present at the conclave.

The members expressed the need for undertaking an extensive campaign to reach out to the masses to clear “misunderstandings and misconceptions” about the community.

“The country has a secular Constitution and the government cannot force people to learn chapters of the religious book of a particular community. Inclusion chapters of Gita in school syllabus is not appropriate,” Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahli of Imam-e-Eidgah Lucknow told PTI after attending a session in the ongoing general body meeting of the Board.

“There was a consensus in the session that we should undertake a campaign against the propaganda and agenda of RSS, Bajrang Dal, VHP and other such organisation in order to remove misconception for the Muslim community. This is needed in context of today when these organisations are trying to force its agenda on us,” he said.

Alleging that these organisations are the “main forces” behind the “divide” between Hindus and Muslims, Khalid said that it was suggested in the meeting that the campaign should also work to restore communal harmony and work along with Hindus to remove misconception and misunderstanding about the community.

“We should involve Hindu people in our events, seminars and conferences so that misunderstanding about the community can be removed. This will also strengthen communal harmony,” he said.

Kamal Faruqui, former Chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission, said that the country’s image has suffered in the international forum and the board was concerned about it.

He said members opposed any attempt to make compulsory Yoga and Surya Namaskar in schools as the practice was ritualistic in nature and was against Islam.

“The issues related with religious freedom were discussed in the meeting and the members were totally against any such practice which deprives one of his Constitutional rights. Not only Muslims, but Christians are also being targeted which is unfortunate. We will go to the court if needed to protect our Constitutional rights,” he said.

The meeting was inaugurated by AIMPLB president Maulana Rabe Hasni Nadvi who said that the country was being taken in a “certain direction”.

He said that the necessity which was being felt today by the Muslim community to protect their religion and culture was the result of their own weakness, according to an official release here.

The meeting convener Maulana Fazlur Rahim Mujaddidi said that some people were talking to amend personal law but no one has the right to do so.

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  1. S
    Mar 22, 2015 at 7:52 am
    As if these people have voted for Modi... We voted for Modi not just because of "development agenda" - but because of BJPs Hindutva agenda too.. So we are happy at the development.. But very sad that Modi is not doing enough to push Hindutva... Too little - too late... But we will continue supporting modi - he is India's jewel...
    1. J
      Mar 22, 2015 at 9:12 pm
      While respecting the sentiments of the minorities and to preserve their freedom, in secular education with development in schools, are to make the majority of the students be made to become citizens with no value for our culture ? Are they to be made zero, and culturally inferior with no knowledge of superior wisdom ? Development will bring prosperity like in the west. Will it ensure peace in a country like ours ? Minorities should not see this as a political divide but only that which unites to make better, ethical and morally sound citizens. That is rot we are seeing with parents not talking these things at home, while they think they secure their children by working hard and earning livelihood. Please tell me where and how the majority children should learn ethics and morality ? If children are brought up well with cultural orientation, they will be better citizens and the "aberrations" and criminal lawlessness we see, will definitely come down. No State nor Central Government need not strain to police the potion so much .

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