Need to make Muslims feel Govt cares: BJP minority cell

His remarks came on the day when a village in Ballabhgarh, home to 15-year-old Junaid Khan who was stabbed to death after being called a beef-eater while returning from Eid shopping in Delhi on June 22, wore black bands to protest the killing.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: June 27, 2017 8:21 pm
 lynching, cow protection, muslims, bjp, minority, attack on muslims, lynching in name of cow, faridabad lynching, india news, indian express 15-year-old Junaid Khan who was stabbed to death after being called a beef-eater while returning from Eid shopping in Delhi on June 22. (At the spot of the crime. Express Photo: Gajendra Yadav)

With questions being raised about the government’s silence on the attacks on Muslims, even lynching in the name of cow protection, BJP Minority Morcha president Abdul Rasheed Ansari Monday said he and his party were “concerned” over the attacks against minorities and they should be made to feel that “the government cares for them”.

“The community should be given an atmosphere where they feel safe and secure and that the government cares for them,” Ansari told The Indian Express on the sidelines of Eid celebrations hosted by senior BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain.

His remarks came on the day when a village in Ballabhgarh, home to 15-year-old Junaid Khan who was stabbed to death after being called a beef-eater while returning from Eid shopping in Delhi on June 22, wore black bands to protest the killing.

Asked about the silence of the BJP on the incidents, Ansari, who had joined the Bharatiya Jana Sangh ranks and became president of the Minority Morcha four years ago, said: “I am concerned not just as a community member, but as a citizen of India, and as a member of a political party. My party is equally concerned about the incidents.”

“No one can doubt the niyat (intention) of BJP leaders and party-led governments,” he said, adding that the lynching incident on the train could not be termed a “failure of the government”.

“One could say the police and the security personnel should have been able to prevent such incidents. Fingers can be raised about their inability to control them. But three or four security personnel or police personnel cannot do anything against a mob of hundreds. It is true that they could have alerted others,” he said.

According to Ansari, the Prime Minister’s statement slamming gau rakshaks for outrageous incidents like the flogging of Dalits in Gujarat last year was a message against all such incidents. Last August, the Prime Minister spoke out against violence by cow vigilantes, saying most of them were “anti-social” elements running “shops” in the name of cow protection.

“It was a voice from his heart. Because Dalits and minorities have been victims. On a bigger canvas, all the downtrodden were included,” Ansari said. “Prime Minister cannot make a statement on every issue,” he said.

Even at the BJP national executive meeting in Bhubaneswar this April, the Prime Minister, Ansari said, had spoken about the “need for caring of minorities”.

Told that Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, citing the “current communal atmosphere”, had cancelled its Eid Milan event scheduled for June 30, he said: “It is their decision. According to them, this was a way to react.”

He declined to comment on central ministers staying away from the Iftar party hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan last week. “I do not know how many were invited. Naturally, ministers might have been invited. But only those who were invited could say why they did not go.”

Ansari said he had raised the concerns of the minorities with the party leadership, including BJP chief Amit Shah and the Prime Minister, on various occasions and they “listened to me patiently”.

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    Bharat
    Jun 27, 2017 at 12:08 pm
    Radical Muslims will definitely feel the heat from Army NIA IB CBI CID RAW Police CRPF CISF BSF ITBF and 100 crore Hindus. Rest moderates should be assured of comming under a uniform civil code. Under uniform civil code with one wife and one kid ALLL are safe .... A country sans minority commission sans reservation sans religious politics will be safe and progressive ....
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      Bharat
      Jun 27, 2017 at 12:03 pm
      Best way is to wear topis ... Modi should wear a topi ... Like all our politicians do .... Recent ID posters by our Parliamentarians was hilarious and more of minority Appea t .... You can't recognise them.... Europe is dead because of this appea t ......
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        Bharat
        Jun 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm
        Need of the hour is to sa uard the Vedas as the top learned pundits are only a few hundreds. At ude towards the Hindu religion has to change especially in borders of West Bengal Kerala where if a Hindu buys a property he is threatened and killed. Why is the media silent on the no of Brahmins working as security guards while the Yadavs are getting reservation. 75 percent reservation in India and that is the reason why Modi is greeted with a large Indian community abroad. Because outside there is no reservations only the best get to the spot at the top. If brain drain has to stop then Hindus have to be assured of the abolishment of reservation in India. Look at Muslim countries where Muslims are given priority over all others in Malaysia they are called Bhumiputras. Similarly a son of the soil has his rights and the reservation is long overdue . Babasaheb Ambedkar's triade against Gandhi in those days highlighted Gandhi's backward thoughts ... However today he is outdated.
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          Mayasandra Varadarajan
          Jun 27, 2017 at 11:39 am
          It is time Muslims should make others believe Muslims do respect others. Muslims must act to condemn all anti national, Anti social activities. It is time Muslims stop complaining and showing they do care for India. If Muslims want to show they are not part of this Society how other can show respect to them. Things have been stretched too far and time has come for Muslims to show results / Tolerance and respects to others. If Muslims do not take lead in respecting others they will never get any respect from others.
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            Aadis
            Jun 27, 2017 at 11:45 am
            MAYASANDRA, what kind of a respect you need to kill a 15 year old boy, you moron !
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            Jas
            Jun 27, 2017 at 11:25 am
            The mob of hundreds mentioned by the honorable gentlemen have grown due to the divisive policies of HIS party.
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              Pradeep Raghavan
              Jun 27, 2017 at 10:48 am
              JOKE OF THE DAY: BJP Minority Cell is telling: Need to make muslims feel government cares for them
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                Chandra
                Jun 27, 2017 at 10:38 am
                The entire developing world - countries in Africa, South America and South East Asia is racing ahead in terms of industrial growth, economy, infrastructure, power and communications. And where are we? We are following Pakistan's path - priests, temples, mosques, beef, cow, Hindu, Muslim. Wah re wah Modi Sarkar!!
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                  Ramakrishna Jaladi
                  Jun 27, 2017 at 10:32 am
                  Minorities especially Muslims are taken more than the majority community in India. KCR Hon'ble CM Telangana declared two days Government holiday for celebrating Ramzan and celebrating at govt. cost.....where as for Deepavali only one day. KCR is great he makes people happy by increasing ries, cosntructing two bed room flats for poor who generally live in huts, increasing ion to...... is central government is aware all this if yes we don't is any action
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                    chitta
                    Jun 27, 2017 at 11:04 am
                    Everybody knows everything still silent because they know Muslims power. Billion Hindus cannot stop some thousands Muslims in Kashmir from Stone pelting than how could they stop millions of Muslims??
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