Annual Assembly of Popular Front concludes with a call for Second Mandal Revolution

The National General Assembly (NGA) of Popular Front of India which is an annual internal stock taking and evaluation event of the organisation, concluded on 24 January 2016 at Malabar House, Puthanathani in Malappuram district of Kerala, demanding full implementation of quota reservations system in education and employment so as to bring in representation of each caste and community proportionate to their population. The Assembly adopted resolutions on various contemporary issues such as passing of Equal Opportunity Commission bill, rebuilding of Babri Masjid, RSS outfits like Muslim and Christian Rashtriya Manchs, protecting the minority status of AMU and JMI, withdrawing DNA profiling bill, repealing of UAPA, campus atrocities against Dalit students and violence and crisis prevailing in the Arab-Muslim world.

Since the NDA government came to power, the reactionary forces are trying to undermine the concept of reservation. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat openly asked for a review of the system which is a clever ploy to sabotage reservation. And dubbing the genuine demand for reservation to the most backward Muslim community as a move to create communal divide is also part of this majoritarian communal politics. NGA called upon the backward classes to join hands for a nationwide agitation in the context of the 25th anniversary of the Mandal Commission Report, to redress the still continuing underrepresentation of BCs in government jobs as well as education institutions. The NGA also asked the central government for emergent steps to pass Equal Opportunity Commission Bill to redress the Backwardness among the poor and the marginalised. EOC, a recommendation of Sachar Committee, will redress complaints about inadequate representation of the minorities in government employment and educational institutions.

The Assembly condemned the politically motivated and communally charged attempts to revive the issue of building temple at the site of destructed Babri Masjid and demanded the government to rebuild Babri Masjid to reaffirm the faith of the Indian people in the rule of law. Babri Masjid has been denied justice for 23 long years by successive governments. It is a shame that the culprits of Babri Masjid demolition are roaming freely without any fear of punishment. If the culprits of Babri Masjid had been punished we would have not seen a rise of intolerance which has become a major internal threat and a reason for embarrassment before the international community.

The NGA cautioned the people about the RSS move to interfere in Muslim personal laws and rights by extending the activities of Muslim Rashtriya Manch, the wing of RSS led by Indresh Kumar, RSS national executive council member who have been found by investigation agencies to have links with many serial bomb explosions in the country. RSS move using new outfits like Muslim and Christian Manchs is intended to appropriate these communities, impose their agenda on them and cover up their intolerance and anti-minority policies. NGA warned all honest Muslim organisations and community leaders to be cautious about such game plans.

The NGA expressed its strong concern at the attempts of the central government to wipe off the minority character of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia. These two central universities were originally established to cater to the educational needs of Muslim minorities. NGA decided to create nationwide awareness against the kind of legal vandalism spear headed by BJP.

The NGA observed that many provision of the proposed DNA profiling bill under the consideration of central government violate the privacy and liberty of the citizens and demanded that it should not be passed before such concerns are properly addressed. Once the bill becomes law, minorities and other marginalised groups will be the main victims of its misuse. The ‘Caste DNA Data Base’ is ill motivated and reminds of Nazi laws based on racial purity. It will be used for discriminating people and groups, like the British did labelling certain communities as ‘criminal collectives’ during the colonial times.

The NGA appealed the civil and human rights organisations to join hands and to lead the fight against UAPA to which more draconian provisions were added in the wake of Mumbai terror attacks allegedly to crush terrorist and extremist activities. Now it has become clear that the act is being used to suppress democratic and civil rights of certain sections of the people, to achieve political objectives as seen in the recent verdicts of Panayikkulam and Narath cases in Kerala. In Kerala again CBI has now imposed UAPA on certain leader of CPM, which is ironically the ruling party that had imposed UAPA first time in the state. The NGA reminded those parties opposing UAPA that they are yet to prove their sincerity by not allowing the investigation agencies to impose UAPA in states ruled by them.

The NGA condemns the anti-Dalit atmosphere existing in our campuses that has led to the suicide of Dalit research scholar and student leader Rohit Vemula in Central University of Hyderabad. The letters written by Union Ministers Bandaru Dattreya and Smriti Irani to the university authorities demanding the expulsion of Rohit and four other students are classic examples of the attitude of exclusion prevailing in the ruling class. There must be urgent measures and permanent mechanism to put an end to the ongoing persecution of Dalits in our country. The NGA called upon the central government to dismiss the central ministers Smriti Irani, Bandaru Dattatreya and the vice chancellor of the university.

In another resolution on the global scenario, NGA expressed its deep anguish and concern about the indiscriminate killings taking place every day in the name of the so called Islamic State and the war on terrorism. The Russia, U.S., Britain and such neo-colonial powers are bombing out of existence hundreds of civilians and militants in Arab lands. On the other hand the fighters of Islamic State are engaged in showy beheadings, forced expulsion of innocents and imposition of ancient customs and rituals on an unwilling population. No parties in the area want to establish democracy, protect human rights, and render economic or social justice to the common people. All the parties contribute to the mayhem. None of them represent deep humanity, representative democracy, coexistence of Islam. They are sectarian to the core. NGA condemned the atrocities, destruction and mayhem in the area and appealed to the good conscience of the silent majority to raise their voice for the restoration of peace and coexistence and asked all the people to desist from further escalation of conflicts.

The Assembly began on 22 January with flag hoisting by the chairman K M Shareef. The opening prayers led by All India Imams Council President Moulana Usman Baig were followed by introductory speech by the chairman of the organisation.

General Secretary Muhammad Ali Jinna presented annual reports which were open for discussion for the whole day. A presidium of national functionaries which included Vice Chairman E M Abdul Rahiman, Secretary Abdul Wahid Sait and Treasurer Muhammad Khalid Rashadi monitored the discussions. The second day sessions started with the moral class by Karamana Ashraf Moulavi. An open house discussion was held on effective media and public relations. A presentation of the community development projects and variety cultural programs were also held on the day. The last day business started with a lecture by Anis Ahmed on the national socio-political scenario. At the end eight resolutions were adopted after discussions. The 3-Day Assembly was concluded with the valedictory address by General Secretary Muhammad Ali Jinna. More than 200 delegates from different states participated.

(Full Text of Resolutions appended)

With regards,

Mohammad Arif Ahmed
Director, Media and Public Relations
Popular Front of India
Headqarters, New Delhi

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