Shabnam Hashmi returns award to minority panel

Hashmi returned her award to NCM director T M Skaria on Tuesday, along with a letter to the commission members, saying that she was returning the award because the NCM had “lost all its credibility”.

Written by Manoj C G , Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Updated: June 28, 2017 11:57 am
 shabnam hashmi, shabnam hashmi returns award, mob lynching, killing of muslims, attacks against muslims, minority panel, india news, indian express New Delhi: Shabnam Hashmi, social activist, shows her National Minority Award during a news conference in New Delhi. She returned the Award conferred upon her in protest against the incidents of mob lynching of innocent minority community people. (PTI Photo)

Social activist Shabnam Hashmi Tuesday returned the National Minority Rights Award to the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), conferred on her in 2008, to protest recent incidents of mob lynching and killing of Muslims.

Hashmi returned her award to NCM director T M Skaria on Tuesday, along with a letter to the commission members, saying that she was returning the award because the NCM had “lost all its credibility”.

“I return the National Minority Rights award given by the NCM, which has lost all its credibility, in protest against consistent attacks and killings of the minority communities and total inaction, apathy and tacit support to the violent gangs by the government,” Hashmi said in her letter.

“I am returning it in the memory of the innumerable innocent victims lynched by marauding mobs. Mob lynching and Islamophobia have taken over India. Even before the community can mourn its dead, the next incident takes place. There is an atmosphere of fear and terror. Under the present government, the marginalisation of minority groups has become the norm,” she added.

Javed Anand, who had received the award in 2007, said he too could return the award. “I respect her (Hashmi’s ) decision to do so. Now that she has done so, I will think about it. The point remains that the award was given by the government which was a very different one at that time. And even at that time, while accepting the award, I had said in so many words that I have mixed feelings about accepting the award because the minorities commission has not been doing what it should be doing,” he told The Indian Express.

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    Balasubramanya
    Jun 28, 2017 at 8:53 pm
    For both political parties and intellectuals, minority means MUSLIMS and this pampering have created all these vote Bank politics. If Muslims are feeling unsafe in the middle of Hindus, then they can't be safe any where in the world.
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      ansuman
      Jun 28, 2017 at 4:24 pm
      We like you to return your citizenship too and move to country of your choice ( if they take you?) . Otherwise stop killing cows and live peacefully keeping in mind that no one likes Muslims anywhere in the world, so be grateful to Hindus and India and stop the drama.
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        piyush L
        Jun 28, 2017 at 10:42 am
        Lo..............Phirse Award Wapsi Shuru ......... What happens with their dignity and true care for Society when people of other communities being lynched.. Anyway........... My humple request toMrs Shanbam Hashmi and Mr. Javed Anand Please do return the award money also.........
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          Lovely
          Jun 28, 2017 at 7:16 am
          This lady is communal. Good riddance.
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            Mj
            Jun 28, 2017 at 7:23 am
            True, they don't open their mouths when other minorities have problems. for them minorities means muslims only.
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