A three-day-summit organized in the national capital aims at not only highlighting issues that plague Indian Muslims of today but also to come up with solutions during this meet
Waquar Hasan | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI – A host of NGOs led by MOEMIN (Movement for Empowerment of Muslim Indians) and Association of Muslim Professionals has organized a 3-day Social Leadership Summit at the India Islamic Cultural Center, New Delhi from March 1 to 3. The agenda for the summit is to hold discussions and dialogue pertaining to issues that are of grave concern for Indian Muslims.
The summit which began on Friday will be highlighting burning political and socio-economical issues such as fake encounters, lynching, economic development of Indian Muslims, state excesses like mass incarceration, extrajudicial killings and fake terror cases, communal harmony and hate politics.
This summit will be graced by eminent personalities from different walks of life. Former Union Minister K Rahman Khan, senior Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan, popular news anchor Rajdeep Sardesai and Human Rights Activist Harsh Mander are some of the distinguished speakers at the events.
The inaugural session of the summit began with the organizer and participants paying homage to the martyrs of Pulwama attack.
During the inaugural session, Justice Suhail Ejaz Siddiqui expressed his grave concern over hatred being spread in Indian society. He said, “Ninety-five per cent of the people in our country are good but there is a small percentage of people who are propagating hate in the society.” Highlighting the importance of dialogue in these circumstances, he said, “As the cacophony around us is rising, sincere dialogue and communications are getting lost. There seems to be a serious lack of sincere relationship between teacher and students, parents and their children, husband and wife and even artists. Interfaith dialogue between communities can better the relationship between them.”
Zafar Mahmoud, Chairman, Zakat Foundation, while addressing the summit, chose to shed light on issues plaguing Indian Muslims and also provided internal and external solutions to them. He highlighted the lack of Muslim representation in the bureaucracy which is one of the centres of power. He said, “Bureaucracy plays a big role in the running of the country but Muslims have a very insignificant presence in this area.” He maintained that the need to increase the Muslim representation in the bureaucratic area has made him run coaching centres that prepare aspirants desirous of cracking the civil service examinations. He underlined various moves adopted by the government to push the Muslim community to the fringe such as the attempt to remove minority status of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University, making Surya Namashkar compulsory in Mumbai schools, Citizenship Amendment Bill, faith-based discrimination, assault on interfaith couples, merging of graveyards with crematorium, maltreatment of madarsas and lynching of Muslims.
Talking about the present situations, Nana Patole, Chairman, Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress, said, “There are four pillars of democracy – judiciary, media, executive and legislature. Today, we are witnessing the judiciary getting weakened. Media has completely collapsed. These issues should be discussed during such summits.”
Apart from the speakers, Navaid Hamid, general secretary, MOEMIN and Amir Edresy, President, Association of Muslim Professionals, also addressed the session and talked about the aims and objectives of the summit.