Need to tone down anti-Modi rhetoric, decides Madani’s Jamiat

Madani added that this did not mean that the wounds of the 2002 Gujarat riots had healed or that all was forgotten and forgiven.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published:May 26, 2014 12:57 am

Office-bearers of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind led by Maulana Mahmood Madani on Sunday decided that there was need to tone down the anti-Narendra Modi rhetoric. Adding that a change of dispensation was “the norm in a democracy”, the meeting also passed a resolution urging the new government to take up governance without any discrimination.

Addressing a meeting of clerics from all over India, Jamiat general secretary and former Rajya Sabha MP Madani reportedly said that keeping in view the changed political scene in the country, Muslims needed to consider all aspects of a situation before making combative public statements against the elected PM.

Madani added that this did not mean that the wounds of the 2002 Gujarat riots had healed or that all was forgotten and forgiven, but that it was time to adopt a pragmatic approach to deal with the situation. Taking on an elected government may not be the best way forward for development of the community, he said.

A socio-religious organisation of Muslim clerics with roots in Uttar Pradesh but presence across the country, the Jamiat has always been stridently opposed to Modi. During the just concluded elections in Varanasi, Jamiat had supported Congress candidate Ajay Rai against Modi, actively working on the ground to consolidate Muslim voters against him.

However, Madani had been the rare cleric to come out in support of Modi’s refusal to wear a skull cap saying that such gestures were the kind of appeasement politics that had made a fool of Muslims over the years.

Approximately 700 representatives — including administrative officials and members of Jamiat working committees in various states — attended Sunday’s meeting at the Jamiat headquarters in Delhi.

Said a source present at the meeting: “It has been the practice for many years now to speak in very extreme language about Narendra Modi. However now that he is set to take over as the democratically elected prime minister with an impressive mandate, there is a need to let go of the past and start having constructive dialogue with the government on the community’s welfare. That door is closed if we do not accept the reality.

That is why a resolution has been passed that there should not be any unnecessary badmouthing of Modi.”
The meeting also resolved that the demands for Muslim reservation and passing of the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2011, would remain. All efforts would be made by the Jamiat to pursue both issues with the new government at all levels, it was decided.

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  1. K
    kris kumar
    May 26, 2014 at 5:13 pm
    I think there should be no appeat of anybody and no reservation.All should be treated Indian and equal. Off course the needy to be encouraged and helped to stand on their feet. istant should be provided towards education, health, jobs and where necessary accommodation.
  2. P
    Patriot Indian
    May 26, 2014 at 10:14 am
    Happy to note that reality has dawned on our brothers. We have to live and work together in our motherland. Both of us have been unkind to each other. Let's open a chapter of love and affection and work for the economic well being of each other.
  3. h
    May 26, 2014 at 8:09 am
    Really now you want to talk development
  4. h
    May 26, 2014 at 5:19 am
    Really now you want to talk development?
  5. P
    May 26, 2014 at 6:22 am
    Good decision by Jamiat. Constructive dialogue is indeed the best way forward. And the community will be pleased to see the difference between appeat politics driven promises and real delivery on the ground.
  6. S
    Satish Kumar
    May 26, 2014 at 7:00 am
    Madani was the first muslim leader to voice his opinion against "use of Modi for scaring Muslims to vote for other parties like Congress and SP etc." I think it is a wise decision to respect the mandate and not uncessarily badmouth Modi or BJP. I am sure there'll be other reasons to criticize him in future (if he fails to meet expectations of the people) but for now, everyone must respect the verdict.
  7. A
    May 26, 2014 at 11:42 am
    The international community would engage with the prime minster of India, the electorate has given the mandate to a person considered internationally as 'Persona non grata', taint remains un-cleansed. Having said that.. we built this country together, we respect the consution, the people,we honor each other’s self-respect, we celebrate our diversity and it is our pride that we have broad hearts that accommodate one and all. Any person who works in the benefit of the people, does not discriminate between them (be it minority community or majority community), or give preference of one over the other, is to be commended. Bringing benefits to mankind is noble. Let us see if our new prime minister can live up to the demands of representing India and its peopleas it is meant to be represented.Let’s see if various organizations can go beyond addressing the grievances of the communities they represent to work towards betterment of all, and also to ensure no one is discriminated against.We all will keep a watch out, and proceed with cautious optimism, and continue working towards better future for all as we have been doing in our own small ways.
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