//Discrimination against Religious Minorities: NCHRO Seminar

Discrimination against Religious Minorities: NCHRO Seminar

Syed Shahabuddin(Ex MP& Editor Muslim India) who initiated the discussion said there should be proper use of coercive powers of the state to fight out discrimination against religious minorities”. Discrimination is all pervasive and in all walks of life including judiciary. Certain virus is permeating through our veins,whether consciously or unconsciously which should be contained forthwith through proper continuous social education not only at the primary level but at the later stage also along with proper governance and mass media. Elaborating the role of mass media he said it must focus on the discriminatory acts and create a revulsion against them. He lamented that in India secularism has not been understood in right perspective.

Prof. S. A. R. Geelani, who was falsely implicated in a terror plot alleged that judiciary has been used in a different manner to further the fascism agenda. He charged that fascists have occupied important positions in society which is very harmful for democracy. There is impunity provided to law enforcing agencies. He pointed out that when POTA was repealed the UAPA(Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) was amended and the provisions of POTA were added to this So that POTA is still intact in a new form.

Prof. Geelani was of the opinion that all minorities should come together on one platform and fight for their rights as guaranteed in the Indian Constitution and not beg for it. Muslim youths are being targetted by law enforcing agencies but Muslim leadership has not come forward to help them.

Dr. John Dayal(President All India Catholic Union,Member national integration council,vice president NCHRO) threatened that if the government does not appoint a committee for Christians on the lines of Sachar Committee appointed to study the reasons of Muslims backwardness in India he would set up a “John Dayal Committee” for his co-religionists. There should be holistic development of all, he remarked.

Dr Shamsul Islam(vice president NCHRO) said that the communal violence in Gujarat started in 1996 and not in 2002 when Christians were not allowed to celebrate Christmas as the community members were hounded and killed with their

homes burnt down. Unless and until the religious minorities unite discrimination against all minorities would continue and fight against the RSS fascism would be meaningless. Justice Hosbet Suresh(president NCHRO) winding up the discussion said that human rights commissions appointed by the governments are farce as committed people do not come forward to take up such assignments. He expressed his displeasure over the Babri Masjid case hanging in the courts for more than five decades. “If I were the judge then the case would not have continued for a day or two”. How can you say that a building (Babri Masjid) was built on the remnants of another building (ram temple)in Ayodhya”, he remarked.

Other participants were Adv K.P Mohamad shareef(General secretary NCHRO), Dr Shakeel Samadani, Dr Muheebul haque(Both from Aligarh), E.Abubacker (Chairman,
Popular Front Of India), Prof. N. Babaiah (Karnataka), E.M. Abdul Rahman (General Secretary Popular Front Of India), Ms Ambareen Agha (Jawaharlal Nehru University),
Nasarudheen elamaram(Kerala),G.Subramaniam(Chennai), T.Sukumaran(Pondichery) Latheef Mohammed khan(Hyderabad), M.A Khalid(Mumbai)

Dr. V. M. Abdul Salam(secretary NCHRO) proposed the vote of thanks.

CD of the National seminar on “Encounter Killings” conducted by NCHRO inMumbai on June 26, 2008 and the first issue of NCHRO NEWS was released by Justice Suresh and Dr John Dayal respectively by handing them over to Syed Shahabudin at the end of the panel discussion.