After JUH, Jamaat -e- Islami Hind seeks dialogue with Hindus to build brotherhood among communities

Just days after the meeting between RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Jamiat Ulama -i- Hind (JUH) president Maulana Arshad Madani where they deliberated on working on communal harmony, another minority organisation Jamaat -e- Islami Hind (JIH) has reinforced the need for a dialogue with representatives from the Hindu community to build brotherhood.

They feel that both Muslim and Hindu communities need to work together to prevent people with vested interests from spreading hatred.

JIH however, cautioned that neither can RSS be considered as the lone representative of Hindus nor JUH the representative voice of all Muslims. They called for bringing on board the many voices that represent both communities.

When asked how they sought to build on the spirit of harmony, JIH vice-president S Ameenul Hasan cited the “Sadbhavna Manch” programme launched in Karnataka last year by JIH. Around 200 such platforms drawing upon people of different religions have been created to have a dialogue with people and resolve differences amicably. The JIH cites this as an attempt to create a harmonious community level partnership. “We now plan to expand this to the entire country by setting up the about 2,000 such platforms across the states in one year,” Hasan added.

Addressing a press conference on concerns like the NRC process in Assam, the JIH’s top brass raised concerns over the fact that over 19 lakh people have been excluded from the final list. “We feel a lot of genuine cases have been left out and hence the government should ensure proper verification to ensure no genuine case is left out. Also grounds of rejection must be provided to those facing rejection,” JIH secretary, Malik Moatasim Khan said.

JIH in its press statement said that “those excluded from the list must appeal and re-apply by submitting the required documents. They have 120 days to appeal before the foreigner’s tribunal and can further go to the Guwahati high court and even the Supreme Court if they are not satisfied with the verdict of the tribunal.”

Source : Times of India


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