TO RAISE voice against the “silence maintained” by the Narendra Modi-led government over the “sinister campaign to present India as Hindu Rashtra”, the Jamiat Ulema-e- Hind (JUH) will hold a day-long conference whose agenda includes, among other things, a charge that “RSS is trying to impose its ideology” on educational institutions and centers of learning.
The “national solidarity conference” at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Delhi on March 12 will be addressed by JUH chief Maulana Arshad Madani apart from representatives from Christian and Dalit community. It has also invited Opposition leaders including Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Sources said Gandhi may attend if she can spare time from the ongoing Parliament session.
“The major reason behind organising the conference is that we want to raise our voice against a sinister campaign by several groups and political parties to impose uniform civil code and present India as a Hindu Rashtra. We want to give the message that any attempt to destroy democracy will result in division of the country and we should prevent it,” Maulana Ashad Rashidi, president of Uttar Pradesh unit of JUH told The Indian Express.
Rashidi said there is a “planned conspiracy” by some people to divide the people on communal lines. “We want to prevent it. We, along with other minorities and Dalits, want to give a message of communal harmony,” he added.
The posters issued by the JUH for the conference state that “killers of Mahatma Gandhi are being idolised” while lakhs of Hindus and Muslims who sacrificed their life for country’s Independence are being “erased from the history” and “sadly central government is promoting such elements”. It also questions Centre’s silence on the issue.
“It is a matter of serious concern that conspiracies are being hatched to divide the country in the name of patriotism…In the recent months communal attacks on minorities and Dalits have witnessed sharp increase. RSS is desperate about imposing its ideology on educational institutions and centers of learning,” a statement issued by JUH reads.
“We will also raise the issue of arrest of Muslim clerics and youths on terror charges on mere suspicion. Many of them get released after several years. The real culprits in such cases are the security agencies, which arrest them but they are never tried and no case is ever lodged against them,” Rashidi claimed.
The JUH has invited representatives from Christian and Dalit community to attend the conference. “We will wage our battle for protecting secularism and communal harmony. We will thwart all efforts to change the basic spirit of Constitution,” he added.
WITH ENS Delhi