Top Sangh functionaries in a recent meeting between the RSS and Muslim intellectuals had said that the 2002 Gujarat riots were “shameful” and should not have happened. The meeting betweeen the two groups was held in Delhi on November 3, which was aimed at clarifying the misunderstandings of the Muslim community about the Sangh. This was conveyed by at least three Aligarh Muslim University teachers, two of them now retired, who were also part of the meeting to ‘The Times of India’.
AMU’s associate professor Mufti Zahid, who was part of the meeting said he raised the issue of the 2002 Gujarat riots during my address and added trhat Muslims could never forget what all happened there. To this RSS joint general secretary Krishna Gopal Sharma had stated that the incident was shameful and should never happen again.He also said that issues like uniform civil code, triple talaq, unemployment were also discussed at the meeting where RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale and national executive member Indresh Kumar were also present. Seconding him, Former AMU dean (law faculty) Mohammad Shabbir said that the RSS leaders assured them that there will be no discrimination against the community.
Shahid Akhtar, national convener of RSS’s Muslim Rashtriya Manch added that Sah Sarkaryawah Krishna Gopal Sharma during the meeting also said that dialogues are necessary to ensure incidents like Gujarat is not repeated.Speaking to the paper, Indresh Kumar pointed out that many other things were also discussed in the meeting that lasted for over five hours, which saw many contentious issues also being taken up.