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NCHRO Bhopal Seminar on Minorities, Detention, Torture and Discrimination

NCHRO Seminar at Bhopal on January 6, 2008
Revolution needed to make victims of injustice aware about their Human Rights: Justice Suresh
There is flagrant violation of human rights with impunity today by the governments in power leaving the common man high and dry. The need of the hour is not just tolerance but a revolution to be ushered wherein the victims of communal violence, police torture and atrocities can fight out the excesses committed against them. The discontent prevailing among the have-nots all over India is due to the injustice being meted out to them. Thousands of communal riots have taken place in India since independence but not a single person has been ever convicted or prosecuted up till now In fact they are not communal violence but violence indulged by politicians to consolidate their strengths to propel their way to power. Government does not commit itself to check communal riots but only makes committees to probe it after communal frenzy is over. Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are respecting the rss flag in stead of the Indian Constitution.

The above views were expressed by Justice Hosbet Suresh(retd judge Mumbai, president NCHRO) while delivering his presidential address.The seminar was jointly organised by the NCHRO and Muslim Co-ordination Committee (MCC), Bhopal in the urdu academy hall of Mulla Ramuzi Bhavan.

The key-note address was delivered by Justice Faizanuddin,(retd judge, Supreme Court of India). He explained point-wise the different Articles of the Constitution of India connected with minorities. He focused on the percentage of working Muslim persons in judiciary, administration, police and other key posts. He explained in detail about the condition of minority and majority in many countries of the world.

He said that unity in diversity is the wealth of India, but two-nation theory caused a big damage to nation. In the present context the remedy or solution for the problems of minority in India is tolerance. The evil of intolerance is the single largest source of conflict between communities .Today’s world is a global village in which all people are expected to bear with diversities of faith, colour, race, language and culture. A new world order based upon a true and genuine spirit of tolerance is the key concept which is essential for the growth of conflict free society.

K. S. Dhillon (Former DGP,Madhya Pradesh ) in his speech said that exclusiveness is not the culture of India but on the contrary the hallmarks are inclusiveness and tolerance. He decried the fundamentalist sangh parivar attempt to convert India into a hindu rashtra by adopting hardline approach against the minorities. He termed it as “break India policy” – a departure from the ethos for which India stands for.He denounced all political parties for nourishing communalism for their political gains. He asked minorities to become active part of the civil society. He advised muslims to come out of their ghettoes and practice liberalism.

Mr Dhillon also said that the police force has become an instrument of the government in power. Political parties in power use them as they like. It is an irony that police is still working under the 150 year old Act prepared by the Britishers in 1861 which categorically states that police is the representative of the government.

Adv K.P.Mohamad Shareef (general secretary,NCHRO)expressed his apprehension that communal forces are planning for riots not only in Madhya Pradesh but also in many other states in a short period of time as in the past. He explained in detail how muslims and minorities are being tortured in every part of the country.

Anand Pandey(communist party of India) said it is a tragedy that those who do not have faith in the Constitution of India and in the judiciary are winning elections. He reminded RSS stalwart Golwalkar had written “bharat was a hindu nation and will remain a hindu nation”. Pandey also pointed out that in the BJP ruled Madhya Pradesh about 130 communal riots have taken place so far since it came into power in December 2003. The atrocities on minorities have increased manifold in the state and the fascist hindutva forces are adopting biased attitude towards them and trying to keep them under constant state of fear.

Shafique-ur-Rahman Durrani(Director Muslim Marg Darshak Mandal) said that the word minority is unconstitutional. In the Constitution of India it is clearly stated: “We the people of India” So all the difference between the communities should come to an end. Unfortunately the politicians has divided society into minority and majority. Unless muslims adopt a positive approach they cannot succeed in life and this is also propagated by Islam.He lamented that the minorities are not even allowed to protest against the atrocities being committed upon them.

Fr. Prashant Jadhav( Khargone) was also present on the dias .

Many victims of communal violence and police atrocities from various parts of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan had come to attend the seminar . Shafique Siddiqui (Burhanpur), Leda Gyansingh ( Khargone district), Asif (Maksi), Ansar Khan (Lateri), Qazi (Narsinghgarh) Maulana Abdul Ayub ,Mrs. Sabiha Naeem (w/oMohammad Naeem, who is in Khandwa jail) & Amanullah (Kota ,Rajasthan) narrated their woes and the injustice meted out to them .

Poet Rahbar Jaunpuri recited his poems highlighting the sacrifice by minorities especially muslims for our country and their patriotism towards India.

Dr. Hameedullah Nadwi ( Barkatullah University) while welcoming the gathering expressed the view that there is no need to despair because there are a lot of rules and laws to give a full protection to the minorities.

Saeed Bilgrami(secretary,MCC) proposed the vote of thanks.

Parvez Bari,journalist from Bhopal was the convenor programme.