“Minority Rights Convention held at Delhi resolves to fight communalism.”

Minority Rights Convention held at Delhi resolves to fight communalism.

A Brief Report of the Minority Rights Convention
New Delhi: A National level Minority Rights Convention was organized by Popular Front of India on 28th March at the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. This convention was organized in the wake of recent attacks on minorities and the threat posed to the rights of minorities in the country after the accession of NDA to power. Various organizations of the Sangh Parivar have intensified their venous attacks on minorities. The attacks by the Sangh parivar used to usually target the Muslims but after the ascension of BJP to power we see all minorities under threat. We cannot limit the attack only to its physical nature but the original plan of the fascist forces is to attack the concept of minority rights in India. This is indeed a very serious situation and need urgent attention by the minorities and rights groups. This convention was a joining together of minority leaders and organizations to build a united platform to defend the rights guaranteed by the constitution.
The convention was divided into two sessions. In the forenoon session, a round table discussion was held among the representatives of civil society organizations and different minorities. The session was moderated by advocate KP Mohammad Shareef the secretary of National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO) whereas a public program was held in the afternoon session presided by the chairman of the host organization KM Shareef.
EM Abdul Rahiman, Vice Chairman of Popular Front welcomed the guests and presented the objective of the convention. Abdul Rashid Agwan Delhi state president of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, initiated the deliberation by highlighting the need for a structured cooperation and development of social alliance among minorities to fight for their rights and resist the ongoing cultural onslaught on people of minorities and other weaker sections. Dr John Dayal, a renowned Christian leader, stressed that minorities should strengthen the civil society for reclaiming their rights as well as for strengthening the constitutional system of the country. Professor Mohinderpal Singh the general secretary of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) traced back the atrocities on minorities since 1947 and emphasized that a time had come when the leaders of minorities should unite and work together for making India a country of justice and equality in real sense of the terms.
Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, the president of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, suggested that an inter-minority platform should be formed supported by a secretariat to undertake issues on regular basis. The president of Social Democratic Party of India A. Saeed elaborated upon the woes faced by different sections of minorities and seconded the idea of stronger cooperation of minority groups with each other. The secretary Citizens for Democracy advocate ND Pancholi while referring to the flaws of judicial process in Hashimpura-Maliyana case agreed that civil rights organizations and leaders of minorities should converge so that our Constitution could be saved from any abuse and minorities could lead a peaceful and dignified life. Raghavan Srinivasa the president of Lokraj Sanghathan said that all weaker sections including minorities, Dalits, Adivasis, peasants, etc are facing many kinds of discrimination, marginalization and persecution and affected people have to be mobilized for fighting against the wrongs perpetrated on them. Dr Arshi Khan of Aligarh Muslim University said that development and democracy have deeper meanings with peace and justice being perquisites of their achievement and that the Indian democracy should be both representative and participatory in nature.
Advocate Mushtaq Ahmad stressed the need for federation of those NGOs which are working for minorities whereas Dr Hasina Hashiya of Jamia Millia Islamia underlined the hidden agenda behind such talked about projects as ‘100 smart cities’ and ‘Clean Ganga’ as they seemed to miserably harm the economic life of Muslims in the days to come. Some other speakers also expressed their views in the session.
Presiding over the proceedings of the public program, Popular Front chairman K M Shareef said the Popular Front took the initiative of holding the minority convention while seeing rampant violation of human rights in the country especially those which had been noticed in the recent times. He said even after 67 years of independence, any objective analysis will make it evident that minorities are not happy in India and the country has definitely not performed well as a civilized nation. Minorities have been glaringly denied their due in the national development. The Constitution of India upholds fundamental rights and rights specific to minorities under the Articles 29 and 30 but they are far from being realized to a satisfactory level.
Other prominent personalities and activists who spoke on the occasion were Dr Mufti Mukarram, professor Mohinderpal Singh general secretary Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), advocate ND Pancholi secretary CFD, Raghvan Srinivasa president Lokraj Sanghathan, Abdul Rashid Agwan Delhi state president All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, Dr Arshi Khan professor in political science Aligarh Muslim University, Kamal Farooqi former chairman Delhi Minority Commission, advocate Mahamood Pracha, advocate Franklin, advocate Mushtaq Ahmad, etc expressed their views on the glaring erosion of constitutional values and rampant violation of human rights in the country.
A committee was formed based on nine members to further take up the mission for the development of a functional alliance of civil rights and minority groups.
General Convener: Adv K P Shareef Convener: A R Agwan, All India Muslim Majlis Mushawarat
Members: Mohinderpal Singh SAD (Amritsar), Adv. Francline of NCDC, Adv N D Pancholi, Srinivasan Raghavan, Dr Zafarul Islam, Dr John Dayal, Harminder of Singh United Sikh Mission, Adv. Sharafuddin, Mehrunnisa Khan, Adv Mushtaq, Dr Haseena Hashiya of Jamia Millia

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