A tale of two statements on PM Modi’s meeting with Muslim delegation

The Prime Minister, it is learnt, told the delegation that regardless of the background he comes from, he is the Prime Minister of 125 crore people of the country, and regardless of caste or creed, he is committed to their welfare.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Updated: May 13, 2017 10:17 am
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A Muslim delegation led by the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind that met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 9 spoke to him at length about the “gulf” between the government and the Muslim community, the atmosphere of fear stemming from cow vigilantism and love jihad, and the need to accelerate welfare schemes for minorities. But these did not find mention in the press release put out by the Press Information Bureau of the government though the Jamiat statement did touch upon some of these.

Zahir Kazi, president of the Anjuman-i-Islam, Mumbai and one of 25 in the delegation, told The Indian Express: “Many people spoke on the issue in different tones. But the purport of it all is that the community feels it is being targeted. Extremist elements are taking the law into their own hands, something nobody should be allowed to do. Cow vigilantes, love jihad, all this is creating an atmosphere of fear, we told the Prime Minister.”

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Another member of the delegation, Akhtarul Wasey, vice-chancellor of Maulana Azad University in Jodhpur, said: “We told the Prime Minister that the statements that the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and he himself had given about not allowing people take the law into their hands were not percolating to the ground level. Law enforcing agencies were not doing due diligence on this.”

The Prime Minister, it is learnt, told the delegation that regardless of the background he comes from, he is the Prime Minister of 125 crore people of the country, and regardless of caste or creed, he is committed to their welfare. “It is my responsibility, he told us, that nobody feels discriminated against. It was the statement of a statesman,” Kazi said.

But the official release put out by the PIB after the meeting made no such mention. This is what it said:

“Praising the Prime Minister’s vision, members of the delegation expressed hope that the nationwide trust that he has among the people, will ensure prosperity and well-being of all segments of society. They said that the Muslim community is keen to be an equal partner in the making of New India.

Noting that terrorism is a major challenge, they expressed a common resolve to combat it with all their might. They added that it is the Muslim community’s responsibility that under no circumstances should anyone compromise the nation’s security or well-being. They said that the Muslim community would never allow any conspiracy against India to succeed.

Expressing concern at the situation in Kashmir valley, members of the delegation said that only Prime Minister Narendra Modi can resolve the issue.

They appreciated the Prime Minister’s stand on the issue of Triple Talaq.

Members of the delegation, who are associated with educational institutions, also mentioned the progress made by their institutions, in Government initiatives such as cashless transactions, start-ups, and the Hackathon recently organized by NITI Aayog.

The delegation also appreciated the implementation of minority welfare schemes under the Union Government.

Welcoming the members of the delegation, the Prime Minister said that democracy’s greatest strength is harmony and amity (mel milap). Emphasizing that the Government does not have any right to discriminate among citizens, the Prime Minister said that India’s speciality has been its unity in diversity. He said that the new generation in India must not be allowed to fall victim to the rising global tide of extremism.

On Triple Talaq, the Prime Minister reiterated that the Muslim community should not allow this issue to be politicized, and urged the assembled gathering to take the responsibility for initiating reform in this regard.”

While the official release stated that “the delegation also appreciated the implementation of minority welfare schemes under the Union Government”, delegation members said they emphasised the need to step up these schemes.

While they expressed their appreciation about the Prime Minister’s commitment to the making of a New India, delegation members also told him that it could not possibly become a reality unless every person in the country was a part of that and Muslims were equal stakeholders in that process.

The memorandum that the delegation submitted dealt at length with the issue. “Supremacy of Rule of Law is must for the security, integrity and development of our country. No one is above the law. It must be administered with total impartiality and equality. Your recent reprimand to private groups taking law in their hands and launching murderous attacks for salvaging cows has sent the correct message but much has to be done by law enforcing agencies and the state administration. The recent incidents of manslaughter on the pretext of cow slaughter have sent shock waves of terror and fear through Muslim, Dalit and the weakest sections of the society. We are afraid that the fear and despondence if unchecked could prove highly counterproductive.”

The delegation also flagged the issue that three years after it came to power, the NDA government had been unable to bridge the communication gap between Muslims and itself. They asked the Prime Minister to fashion a mechanism that would ensure that issues of the Muslim community reach him without the elaborate and time-consuming effort of a high-level delegation from the community meeting him.

The Prime Minister assured them that some such mechanism would be evolved and there was need to keep talking to ensure they understood each other better, said one member of the delegation.

On the issue of triple talaq though, there was convergence in the two statements. Members of the delegation said that they were appreciative of the Prime Minister’s stance that the issue should not be politicised and a solution would have to come from within the community. “He said it is the responsibility of the community to look for a solution and we agreed,” a member said.

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    Ak
    May 13, 2017 at 9:11 pm
    The hindu bhi sudhar a ab to.. IE kab sudhrega ?
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      Saroj Choudhury
      May 13, 2017 at 4:36 pm
      Indian Muslims are mostly converted stuff either for gratuities or out of fear of then rulers. So afterall they are our brothers and sisters. We have to bring these people to senses and tell them to get back to Indian fee .
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        rajan
        May 13, 2017 at 6:58 pm
        Saroj, You are presuming that you are a sane Bhajtard.
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          Ak
          May 13, 2017 at 9:12 pm
          He is not presuming. It is a known fact. Better check history of Jinnah family.
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          Riyazuddin Bijapur
          May 16, 2017 at 4:22 pm
          All the Muslims not only in India but the world over are NEVER converted stuff while the so called others are. You have rightly said that they are brothers & sisters coz when they were born there were Muslims. Understand the reason, the w world is created by one God and all the humans born are Muslims before they are taught at the young age that there are multiple Gods. The reason is one and that HE (one God) is the Creator. So worship the CREATOR and not the CREATED and one who believes in this is a Muslim (Islam). Never ever think that Muslims are converted stuff since the fact is the other way around.
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          Kamal Pasha
          May 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm
          Hatred between Hindus and Muslims were never seen during educated Congress rule. This all stared by Vajpai government and Modi is continuing. India has lost the respect in the West.
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            Jammu Singh
            May 13, 2017 at 3:14 pm
            Bakwas band kar
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              rajan
              May 13, 2017 at 6:56 pm
              Jammu Singh, Your language shows your character. A typical intolerant Bhajtard.
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              phaedurs
              May 13, 2017 at 3:36 pm
              hatred started when u started making more babies than u can provide for. hatred started when u treated skull cap more important than helmet. there r quite a few supers ious hindus when a hindu sees such a person he hates the other. as long as u consider commonsense to be inferior to book , humans will hate u
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                Ak
                May 13, 2017 at 9:14 pm
                Pasha bhai.. why would you see/notice anything when there was a continuous streak of appea t politics. Now you are pulled back on grounds. So you are finding it difficult to face the ground situation.
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                  Riyazuddin Bijapur
                  May 16, 2017 at 4:28 pm
                  and this will continue until they fall down once again and never to rise even with fake promises.
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                  Anwar Hussain
                  May 13, 2017 at 12:29 pm
                  many people would be scared and shattered if they saw their character in the mirror rather their faces.
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                    Jammu Singh
                    May 13, 2017 at 3:15 pm
                    Tu apne character ki fikar kar apni dekh jyada sayana mat ban
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                      rajan
                      May 13, 2017 at 6:54 pm
                      Bhajtards are the most sayana of all. They don't tolerate any viewpoint other than theirs and still claim that we live in a tolerant society. Typical ' Chatras'
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                    Bharat
                    May 13, 2017 at 10:11 am
                    There are good Hindus and Muslims who can make India a peaceful country where there is no hatred no murder no theft and everyone enjoy trust of each other but one parivar with thousands of mentors are engaged in hatred division of society just to get the dream of a only hindu society as per manu doctrine established. Remember no cast or religion is going to die or finished so fight for 1000 years to kill each other but to no benefits. Therefore instead of dreaming to finish make efforts to make good everyone by love. Unfortunate is that all ins utions are now virused with hatred agenda. You cannot get any support from present setup. Let good muslims and hindus sit together and have minimum joint agenda with clear understanding to address all social issues resolved with no political issue or interference.
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                      rajan
                      May 13, 2017 at 8:35 am
                      The reality of the other person is not in what he reveals to you, but in what he can't reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says but rather to what he doesn't say. If winter should say,"Spring is in my heart," who would believe winter? These words of Kahlil Gibran aptly apply to Modi & his bunch of hypocritical cronies. The fact remains that despite having been the PM of the country for the past three years, he has failed to shed his communal image. Minorities view him with su ion & progressive Hindus too don't think that the leopard has changed his spots
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                        Jana
                        May 13, 2017 at 9:39 am
                        Who is that progressive hindu? You? a sold out soul, a Shameless brainwashed maoist.
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                          Prakash
                          May 13, 2017 at 10:51 am
                          Why should he clear the image that has been deliberately created by others? I think rather than wasting time in showing off, he should do his work. Communities will eventually learn to mingle themselves with mainstream.
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                            Mohan
                            May 13, 2017 at 11:19 am
                            So you are a progressive Hindu who would like the Italian mafia raj to be back and be engaged in loot of the nation ! It is because of the progressive measures adopted by him for the development of the poor irrespective of caste or religion------ PROGRESSIVE HINDUS LIKE YOU INCLUDED -- that the BJP is painting victory after victory.
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                              rajan
                              May 13, 2017 at 7:01 pm
                              Jago Mohan pyare Jago. Who can wake up a parochial mind with eyes wide shut?
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                              Mohan
                              May 13, 2017 at 11:25 am
                              O Fraud passing off as PROGRESSIVE HINDU -- be informed that Modi was never communal. Suggest that before you sit in judgment over him on account of Gujarat 2002 -- take the pains to get rid of your gross ignorance To begin with read reports on riots Gujarat 1969 Delhi 1984 Gujarat 1985 Bhagalpur 1989 and Gujarat 2002 and you will easily come to the conclusion that among all CMs and PMs in independent India who had to face riot situations CM MODI TOOK THE BEST ACTION. The Gujarat Police shot dead over 180 rioters of whom over 65 were Hindus If you are aware of any State where MORE DECISIVE ACTION WAS TAKEN DURING A RIOT -- HAVE THE COURAGE TO COME BACK TO THIS PAGE AND LET ME KNOW SO THAT --- I MAY GET RID OF MY IGNORANCE!
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                                rajan
                                May 13, 2017 at 7:29 pm
                                Mohan, You may accuse me of prejudice. Being an ordinary citizen, I may be having wrong notions about your little tin god. Congress may be critical of him for his wrongs Bhajtards want us all to ignore. Do you remember the press conference in which your own Mr. Vajpayee scolded him for not performing Rajdharma.Is he a Congressman? Was he an anti-national PM? Sanjay Rout, a Shiv Sena spokesman, gave a very ing statement when he said," Modi ji Puri duniya mein Godhra ke liye jaane jaate hain aur issiliye hum unka Samman karte hain." Is Sanjay BJP Ally or Congress friend? Were they not in the know of things? Remember,Atalji was the PM when LKA protected Modi.Repudiate if you have to not me, a small fry, but the ex-PM of India. Do you think Atalji was making wild allegations. Don't defend the indefensible because others too did heinous wrongs. Modi, the despot, suppressed every evidence abusing his powers as CM. Courts need evidence to hold anyone culprit which he cleverly destro .
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                              Mohamed Hade Sharef
                              May 13, 2017 at 8:33 am
                              Curb this menace quickly fai ISIS will fill the vacuum.
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                                Mohan
                                May 13, 2017 at 11:27 am
                                Brother you live in a dream world -- this is not 1947 -- there are no his or Nehrus to mess up things for you
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                                Bharat
                                May 13, 2017 at 7:46 am
                                Muslim leaders instead of begging peace must evolve means to unitedly establish NGOs to uplift their community in all sectors. Their own division harm collective bargain.
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                                  mahendra vihtlani
                                  May 13, 2017 at 9:11 am
                                  This is the only way tp progress
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                                    indian
                                    May 13, 2017 at 3:25 pm
                                    First control Population. No Govt can reach-out to ever expanding population. No other community is given special privilege but adopts Small Family Norms to give best to their wards with their available income by limiting family size.
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                                    MyTake
                                    May 13, 2017 at 7:43 am
                                    First, Muslim should come as human beings and not as Muslims! And once they consider themselves just as human beings they won't be required to have any Islamic discussion with the PM! Under secular cons ution there should not be any religiously biased conversation with the PM of a democracy. They should leave their religion outside the four walls of Govt. offices - its not Congress in power now that they want to use their religion and vote bank card!
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                                      bitterhoney
                                      May 13, 2017 at 6:35 am
                                      The official press release is jhooth ka pulinda, quite different from the delegation members' statements. BJP govt is running on lies and false propa a but for how long? Irony is that they are doing it on international level.
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                                        Mohan
                                        May 13, 2017 at 11:29 am
                                        Looks like you are still suffering from bee sting !
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                                        John Joseph
                                        May 13, 2017 at 6:32 am
                                        HOME INDIA EVM tampering: Paper trail voting in all future polls, says Election Commission By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 13, 2017 5:52 Am EVM, EVM tamering, EVM issue, AAP, EC, EC EVM, Aam Aadmi Party, EVM AAP, EVM all party meeting, election commission, EC EVM, india news, indian express news As first reported by The Indian Express on April 20, the EC has already decided to link all EVMs with VVPAT machines for the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh embly elections The Election Commission (EC) on Friday committed to hold all future polls to state emblies and Lok Sabha with voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) and also agreed to mandatorily tally paper trail slips with the EVM results of a fixed percentage of pol booths in every election. The decisions were announced at the end of a day-long meeting of the poll panel with 42 political parties on matters related to electronic voting machines (EVMs). “The Commission has taken into account that the VVPAT sl
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                                          Mohan
                                          May 13, 2017 at 11:30 am
                                          Dumbo !
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