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Hyderabad: India will be poorer without its core secular values, MIM’s articulate leader Asaduddin Owaisi says, rubbishing charges that he and his party are communal.

“The only thing which unites and keeps India strong is the pluralism and diversity of this great nation,” the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief told IANS here.

“The ethos of this country are secularism, diversity and pluralism, and that is the thing which strengthens our country and that has to be strengthened come what may,” the Lok Sabha member added.

The London-educated Owaisi says it was wrong to call the MIM a Muslim party.

“MIM is a political party which espouses the cause of not only Muslims but also Dalits and other weaker sections. It is not a Muslim party.

“It definitely wants the development of the biggest minority of the land but to brand it a party of a particular religion is completely wrong.

“Who has given them (critics) the right to call me secular or communal or anti-national? These people don’t hold intellectual rights over nationalism or secularism.

“India is a free country and I have the right to contest elections. These baseless allegations will not stop my political journey,” said Owaisi.

Owaisi justified his decision for his party to contest six of the 243 seats in the ongoing Bihar assembly elections and denied allegations that he was in the field to split the anti-BJP vote.

While acknowledging that the BJP and other rightwing groups were his main foes, Owaisi is not ready to play second fiddle to the so-called secular camp.

“That doesn’t mean I play second fiddle to all these political parties and go along blindly and forget about my real development agenda,” he said.

The MP fumes at calls for a ban on the MIM.

“Here is a political party doing everything to create more confidence to strengthen Indian democracy. You can disagree with my politics. You have all the right, but don’t say don’t participate in democracy.

“If you do, what is the message you are sending to people who believe in democracy? What is the path left then?”

The MIM has been expanding outside its traditional base in Hyderabad. It made an impressive debut in the Maharashtra assembly elections last year by winning two seats.

It will also contest two assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh later this year.

“By our sheer participation (in electoral politics) for 57 years, we have strengthened Indian democracy.

“We have voiced our concerns in assemblies, municipalities, panchayats and parliament.”

Owaisi countered the argument that parties like the MIM were to blame for Hindu-Muslim divide.

“The so-called secular parties don’t have the guts to say that polarization is happening in the majority community, mainly in the upper castes.

“Because it is politically incorrect for secular parties to make such a statement, they (target) Muslims or MIM.

“The mobilization has happened on the other side, not on the Muslim side. That is why they (BJP) won 280 (Lok Sabha) seats. There is nothing like a Muslim vote bank. It’s a myth,” he said.

Owaisi criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not hitting out at party colleagues making hate speeches.

He also wondered what happened to Modi’s assurance to a delegation of Islamic scholars that they could call on him even at midnight.

Referring to the September 28 lynching of a Muslim man, Mohammad Akhlaq, in Uttar Pradesh over rumours that he ate beef, Owaisi wondered why didn’t Modi call up the victim’s family?

“This is a family whose son is protecting the Indian skies from external enemies,” he added, referring to Akhlaq’s son who is with the Indian Air Force.

(Mohammed Shafeeq, IANS)

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All you need to know about the Tablighi congregation at Nizamuddin

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The Tablighi Jamaat congregation has created a havoc in India.

By SALIL GEWALI

Why is the WORLD on lockdown now? It is exclusively intended to keep away from any XYZ who might have infected with COVID-19 and thus contain the deadly pandemic as soon as possible. To combat the outbreak how much “monetary loss” each nation has been incurring each day is unprecedented and unimaginable. Here the main concern being to “save” the lives of the citizens at any rate. Yes, each nation-state considers each life of a citizen as “precious” as anything.

But look at the situation arising out of the Tablighi congregation at Nizamuddin, New Delhi,India and its immediately aftermath. It has raised many questions than answers. What is very disgusting is some of the members of the organization caught “repeatedly spitting” from the windows of the bus as reported by “Hindustan Times” and other news media. Some members directly spat on a “woman” calling her ‘coronavirus’. The members did not even heed to the requests from the elderly people and doctors. Finally, police had to forcefully close the windows of the bus.

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Well, everyone knows that COVID-19 spreads through droplets that come out from our mouths. So, to prevent the possible infection from the fluid droplets we strictly ensure that we cover our mouths with masks. The whole world is doing that. But why this godless act by “certain” members of the religious attendees of Tablighi in New Delhi thereby putting other public potentially at risk. Why such an evil motive, who all are encouraging such things?

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Well, a very learned scholar and also the Governor of Kerala,India, Arif Mohammad Khan described the non-cooperation of the certain Muslim community as a “crime against the nation and humanity.”

Was that elaborate religious congregation not mean to teach us how to be more conscious as a human being and to be compassionate towards other “fellow beings”? What is appalling at this hour of crisis is that there are many Mosques in India which are deliberately “defying” the lockdown order and observing the regular namazs and mindlessly encouraging mass gathering. Some have attacked police while in some states the medical doctors or their assistants associated with the quarantine care have been disrespected, abused and manhandled. Mindless stone-pelting upon the doctors and police have been reported from several states in the country. Why are such disgustingly inhumane behaviors arising from the community of a particular faith only? Why are certain people so uncouth and so uncooperative? Can the pandemic catastrophe be put down by such inhumane behaviors? Will it not be “irreligious” itself when the people, be it from any faiths, recklessly contribute to the suffering of others?

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Further, will GOD “saves ones” who have not taken the preventive measures? Absolutely not. God has given a human being the “brain” in order to decide judiciously what to do and what not to do. God will never descend from heaven to save if we abuse ourselves. About 10 members from the Tablighi Jamaat have already died from Coronavirus. Is it not the loss of precious lives for which we should “mourn”? Is it not a loss for the nation as a whole?

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Due to the religious congregation, many new COVID-19 cases have been reported in India.

Many infected persons from the Jamaat are potentially likely to infect others healthy which might multiply progressively, some of them have already dispersed to their respective states started causing problems as already been reported from the states like Bihar and Gujarat. Some are attacking police personals by violating the lockdown. Is the fundamental teaching of all religions not for the well-being and wellness of each human being on the planet? One wonders why such godless acts are being encouraged, or tolerated! Is tolerating the forces with sinister motives not sin in itself?  Well, a very learned scholar and also the Governor of Kerala Arif Mohammad Khan described the non-cooperation of the certain Muslim community as a “crime against the nation and humanity.”

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Here is another “shocker” published by Indian Today about a week back. An Infosys software engineer from Bangalore Mujeeb Mohammad appealed through his facebook by writing – “Let’s join hands, go out and sneeze with open mouth in public.

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Spread the virus.” How shall we describe this motive? What is in store for us in this 21st Century? Mind out, if such “insanity of hatred” is let to rear its ugly head, the sanity will certainly die a death. The virus of insanity could be more dangerous than Coronavirus. It will directly attack the very LUNGS and HEART of the Nation, and humanity at large.

An India-based writer and researcher, Salil Gewali is best known for his research-based work entitled Great minds on India which has earned worldwide appreciations. Translated into twelve languages, his book has been prefaced by a world-acclaimed NASA Chief scientist – Dr. Kamlesh Lulla of Houston, USA.

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