Citing lynchings, Jamiat scraps Eid event, says government must step in

The decision comes in the wake of several incidents of lynching of Muslims on the suspicion of possessing beef or of involvement in the cattle trade. A Jamiat delegation recently met PM Modi to talk about the fear stemming from cow vigilantism and love jihad.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published:June 26, 2017 2:56 am
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Jamiat Ulama I Hind, a Muslim socio-religious organisation, cancelled its Eid Milan event citing the “current communal atmosphere”. It was scheduled to be held on June 30. Speaking to The Indian Express, Mahmood Madani, the general secretary of the Jamiat, said: “Things have come to such a pass that we are being forced to tell our kids that if someone makes some comments in a bus or a public transport, digest it. Do not react. My biggest fear is not that Muslims are being subjected to wrongs but that this will thwart our success in keeping young people away from extremism.”

About cancelling the Eid event, Madani said: “We are pained to make this decision respecting the sentiments of the just-minded and peace loving persons of the country who are grieved at a series of mob lynchings to create a mindset of superiority among the majority community and to show that the law is paralysed and it cannot protect minorities while the government has been negligent in ensuring security and protection to the oppressed ones.”

He added: “The event does not bear any significance in the deteriorating communal atmosphere.”

The decision comes in the wake of several incidents of lynching of Muslims on the suspicion of possessing beef or of involvement in the cattle trade. A Jamiat delegation recently met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to talk about the fear stemming from cow vigilantism and love jihad. Madani has for the last three years steered clear of open criticism of the government.

On the cancellation of the Eid Milan, he added: “We hope that the government will understand our feelings and make efforts to resolve the issues of the oppressed and weaker sections of society by restoring the atmosphere of peace and trust.”

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    Jun 26, 2017 at 4:52 pm
    Thanks to the steady empowerment of extremist hindutva groups, it is already too late to avoid the biggest rip in the fabric of communal harmony since par ion. All i can say is congratulations to all bjp voters for taking India back to their golden age of casteism and communalism. And while we fight among ourselves, the new rich and powerful class will be p ering our resources under not the British Raj, but corporate MNC rule.
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    Jimmy
    Jun 26, 2017 at 8:22 am
    This Government will do nothing because it is doing intentionally to create riots. One day its own ministers may get Lynched by the same criminals it is using against he weak and poor muslims and dalits. These everyday Lynchings of innocent Muslims and Dalits have become systematic,well organized and have similar pattern when rumors are spread intentionally as they already chose their targets and location though information in the hands of BJP/RSS Regime in power though their Aadhar Card and location too is provided by RSS men from their Iphone sim card. Then RSS/BJP men mingle with mobs after proving mobs though rumors and then Lynching takes place and RSS terrorist get away with crime. This all game is being exposed so people should be careful with Aadhar card and Iphone which can make them next target of RSS/BJP organized Lynching.
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    Lathor Honey Singh
    Jun 26, 2017 at 5:38 am
    Don't expect anything from BJP/ RSS. They will only reap benefits from spreading hatred against Muslims so that the s will keep voting them.
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