Anti-social elements have made and are still trying to make inroads into the contrived political corridors by playing Machiavellian politics of hate and violence just to achieve their petty political ends. They are the enemies of the nation as they cannot live in an atmosphere of peace and amity. The entire post-independence history is replete with their (mis)deeds. Hence well-planned and organised, periodic communal riots in different parts of the country. During a week or so the country witnessed communal riots in Bangalore, Jabalpur and Gorakhpur.
That is why the important events Urdu papers carried this past week include reports, condemnation and follow-ups of communal flare-ups in Gorakhpur, Jabalpur and Bangalore, venomous statements made by Bal Thackeray in Mumbai and Swami Satya Mitrananda in Hyderabad, and a workshop on Justice Sachar Committee Report.
As Assembly elections are scheduled in different States including Uttar Pradesh, efforts are being made to poison the atmosphere to pave the way for the electoral benefits of the hate-mongers.
As the fire of communal passion is yet to be watered down in Bangalore and Jabalpur, burning of public properties like buses and train bogies as well as loot and arson of shops, houses, business establishments and other properties belonging to the Muslim community has engulfed the entire Gorakhpur division of the north Indian State of Uttar Pradesh.
A 5-column headline in the Hindustan Express (January 30) says the communal riots in Gorakhpur and Jabalpur are the result of the conspiracy of R.S.S. The report says many Muslim organisations have condemned the Bangalore, Jabalpur and Gorakhpur riots.
Reacting to the spreading communal tension in Gorakhpur division, All India Milli Council general secretary Dr Manzoor Alam said communal forces want to divide the people once again on communal grounds to serve their political interests. He also appealed to the people not to let the conspiracies of communalists succeed and to maintain the atmosphere of peace and brotherhood.
As Uttar Pradesh is scheduled to go for assembly elections soon, Dr Alam called upon the electorate to make up their mind to exercise their franchise on the grounds of peace and prosperity, development and stability.
Many other Muslim leaders who have come forward to condemn the naked dance of communalism and fascism include Muslim Political Council of India president Dr Tasleem Ahmad Rahmani, Anjuman Farogh-e-Taaleem president Dr Sayeeduddin Qasmi and former Naib Imam Jama Masjid Fatehpuri Delhi Maulana Muazzam Ahmad.
Dr Rahmani lamented that Mulayam Singh Yadav administration has registered a simple case of stopping government officials from discharging their duties and standing in defiance of prohibitory orders under Section 144 against BJP MP of Gorakhpur Yogi Adityanath while Adityanath’s crime is serious as it is he who plunged the entire area into the communal fire.
Maulana Muazzam Ahmad said taking stern action against those responsible for fomenting communal tension is an urgent need of the hour.
Bal Thackeray’s Diatribe
In another development Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, while addressing a Shiv Sena-BJP alliance election rally with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at Shivaji Park in Mumbai on January 28, exhorted the Hindus to get united and rise above the dividing issues of languages and provincial differences.
“This is my dream that we could make ‘India for the Hindus’. Maharashtrians or Panjabis alone cannot fight against Islam. I, therefore, appeal to all Hindus to keep the (issues of) languages and differences between states on the back burner and be united (against Islam),” Urdu papers on January 29 quoted him as saying.
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (Salim Qasmi group), reports the Express on January 30, sharply reacted against Thackeray’s diatribe.
Considering the need to get united and organised by removing all lingual, provincial, community and religious differences to wage an all-inclusive war against poverty, illiteracy, diseases and evils to be the crying need of the hour, Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Dr Muhammad Abdul Haq Ansari appealed to the countrymen “to make tireless strivings in these fields in a manner that crores of suffering human beings in the country might breathe in peace and serenity.”
The Jamaat chief wondered at why the 80-year-old (Shiv Sena) leader does not realise the fact even now that people’s hearts can be won with service and in no case with the propagation of hate, and that our country which more often than not falls prey to the situations like the Gujarats, Gorakhpurs and Jabalpurs on trifles needs the message of love and amity, brotherhood and good will and not the message full of venoms of hate, the Express report added.
Mushawarat president Maulana Muhammad Salim Qasmi and general secretary Maulana Umaiduzzaman Kairanwi severely condemned Shiv Sena supremo’s appeal to the Hindus, calling it sheer misuse rather abuse of the right to freedom of speech guaranteed in the Constitution.
In their joint letters addressed to the Union Home Minister, Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Chairman National Commission for Human Rights, the Mushawarat leaders urged the Central and State governments to take serious notice of Bal Thackeray’s harangue and also to take stern action against him.
They also called upon the secular and peace-loving citizens of the country to condemn Thackeray’s hate-mongering.
Swami Satya Mitrananda’s Invective
The Siasat of January 26 reports RSS’ Shri Golwakar Centenary Celebrations Programme Committee president Swami Satya Mitrananda spilling venoms of hate against Islam and Muslims.
Delivering a lecture at Gosha Mahal Stadium, Hyderabad, the Swami raised different issues like the singing of vande mataram. He also mocked at the sacred five daily prayers by questioning the need of praying so many times by Muslims.
The Swami went ahead to say that Muslims drink the water of India and sing hymns of Rawalpindi as if they were ‘informers and agents of some foreign land’.
All India Majlis Taameer-e-Millat vice president Maulana Sulaiman Sikandar has appealed to the law and order machinery to take serious notice of the Swami’s invective and take practical measures to ensure peace and harmony.
Telugu Desham Party youth leader Ali Masqati, in his statement as quoted by the Siasat report, said that the Swami’s calling upon the Muslims to sing vande mataram and his mocking at the obligatory five times prayers are direct intervention in the Muslims’ personal law which the Muslims cannot bear at any cost.
Workshop on Sachar Committee
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and fourteen other prominent Muslim organisations working for the empowerment of Muslims organised a two-day workshop on Justice Rajinder Sachar Committee Report in the Capital on January 27 and 28.
“The Muslims should come forward to take up the task of developing the community. They should make use of the mechanism the other communities have evolved for themselves, of course according to the former’s needs and circumstances,” opined Deputy Speaker Rajya Sabha K. Rahman Khan. He was addressing the inaugural session of the workshop, report Urdu papers on January 30.
Mr Khan appealed to Muslim Personal Law Board to take up the task of empowering Muslims rather than being confined just to the protection of Muslim personal laws.
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Dr Muhammad Abdul Haq Ansari called upon the Ulema and the leaders of the Muslims to impress upon the community that they are the masters of their own destiny. He appealed to the Muslims in the north to learn from the brothers in south who have been able to empower themselves, to a great extent,
through educational movements.
He also asked for formation of a committee by Muslim Personal Law Board to look into the implementation of the recommendations by the Sachar Committee by the government.
January 31, 2007, Urdu press roundup, By IndianMuslims.info Staff