MP lawmaker seeks clarification from Arshad Madani over latter's meet with Bhagwat
Shams Ur Rehman Alavi
BHOPAL: Legislator Arif Masood has written a strong letter to the president of Jamiat-e-Ulama, Maulana Arshad Madani, asking him to clarify the agenda behind his meeting with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and the perceived 'clean-chit given to the Sangh'.
In the letter, Masood, who represents Bhopal Central seat in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, has said that Madani heads the organisation that fought for country's independence and whose leaders gave sacrifices for the nation but his statements after meeting Bhagwat have given a shock to secular Indians and Muslims alike.
'This is not clear yet as what was the agenda behind the meeting. Was it for unity and integrity of the country or aiming at stopping the attacks on Muslims in the country. Will incidents of mob lynchings come down now? Will talks about Uniform Civil Code and dominance of just one faith over others, will stop? If not, then what was the reason for the meet?".
Masood further wrote, "After listening to your statement repeatedly, I felt that you have tried to give certificate to them despite their image and ideology that are well-known. This is in sharp contrast with the role of the founding fathers of the nation and the organisation like Jamiat whose leaders suffered and sacrificed so much in the past".
"It also puts to naught the 1,000 year old common culture, the struggle of the leaders of the past who tried to protect the shared cultural heritage in the country. I wish that you should clarify the points discussed in the meeting, in front of the people of the country".
Masood said that if Maulana Madani doesn't reveal what forced him to go for the dialogue that seems to advocate the RSS, then it would be seen as an attempt to divert the attention of people from the real issues and playing in the hands of the Sangh.
"RSS and BJP are in power in this country and they are taking all possible steps to take people's attention of the problems facing the country. If you don't clarify, it will appear that you are part of this effort, and this meeting was nothing but seeking cheap publicity, for which people won't forgive you", Masood mentioned.