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Call for Dalit-Muslim unity to defeat right wing’s hate-mongering

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Muslim and Dalit leaders are struggling to find a way to deal with “institutionalised discrimination” of minorities without instigating the BJP to polarise society by raking up “minority versus majority debate” ahead of parliamentary polls.

At a six-hour deliberation on Monday in the national capital, they decided to form a joint Dalit-Muslim front which will not only “protect the Constitution” but also work for strengthening plural ethos. Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) has organised the event with the theme of ‘Country at Cross Road – The Way Ahead’ organised by the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind office.

Speaking on the occasion, well-known social activist Professor Ram Puniyani said that RSS wants a Hindu nation since its inception. “If this government returned to the power, then Constitution cannot be protected,” he asserted adding that in the last four years, they have been dividing people by spreading fear, hate and communalism in the country with the help of social media. “If we want to save the country, the Constitution and its fraternity we have to act as one in the upcoming General Election against the BJP.” Puniyani added.

Following the event, former MP and grandson of BR Ambedkar, Prakash Ambedkar urged people “to start a revolution to neutralise communal forces through cultural exchange.”

Later in the event, JUH’s president Maulana Arshad Madani said, “Not only Muslims, the ruling party wants to erase Christians from the Indian geography. “It is a high time to form a common platform to fight against them,” he said.

Hindu spiritual leader Swami Agnivesh emphasised that the recent events against Dalits and Muslims are horrifying. “We have to unite to fight against these forces,” he told the gathering.

At the end of the programme, JUH’s general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani said everyone knows that Muslims and Dalits have been targeted from last four years by a particular political party. “I’m glad that prominent faces of both the communities have come on board to chalk out a solution of this menace,” he added.

Leaders and intellectuals from both communities such as Professor Kancha Ilaiah, Professor Ram Puniyani, Swami Agnivesh, Ashok Bharti, Prakash Ambedkar, Harsh Mandar, Qari Mahmood Usman, Maulana Mahmood Madani, Maulana Arshad Madani, Kamal Farooqui along with 200 others participated in the meeting. Moreover, leaders from other minority communities, including Sikh and Buddhists also participated in the event.