Muslims, Dalits urged to unite to fight against atrocities

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
Mangalore: H Pattabhirama Somayaji, English Lecturer at University College, Mangalore, said that people should consider what the Indian Constitution said rather than thinking along the lines of communal divide.
Speaking at an Eid Milan programme organised by Popular Front of India (PFI) on Tuesday at St Aloysius College Auditorium, he said that the Sangh Parivar had a unique way of creating terror in the country. Along with an agenda, they have the means to carry it out. There is interference of right-wing outfits in law enforcement agencies as well, he said.
There are very few organisations that have been keeping an eye on the activities and agenda of such dangerous outfits with clarity, and PFI is one of them, he added.
Prof. Bhoomi Gowda, Lecturer at St. Agnes College, said that India could never become a Hindu nation. “The Sangh Parivar follows anti-people policies and policies of apathy. It is an unfortunate thing that they believe they cannot be displaced once they come into power. This makes them more liable to dictate their policies. Barring the upper class, they firmly believe that people are not human beings at all. A situation has arisen wherein we are inevitably required to learn how to safeguard ourselves,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, senior advocate Purushottam Poojary said that a Muslim was the one who completely surrendered himself to Allah. “We are above all human beings, and should follow the same in our actions,” he said.
In his concluding speech, Ilyas Mohammed Thumbay, State President of PFI, expressed concern over the situation of riot hit Assam, where a large number of people lost their lives and thousands of people were displaced.
“The Muslim community has always suffered by the hands of political leaders, bureaucrats, police and goondas. They are wrongly being jailed without being charge-sheeted. Several of them have been languishing in jails without any reason. We need to fight against the atrocities committed on Muslims. If we have to stop the atrocities against Muslims, Dalits and other backward classes, we need to be united,” he said.
Abdul Razak, PFI State Council member, said that the Sangh Parivar had succeeded over the years in portraying Muslims as traitors. They have been repeatedly jailed for no fault of theirs, and subjected to torture, he said.
Freedom from this injustice could be attained only through struggle, he stressed.

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