“British had divided the Muslims and the Hindus for their political endgame. We must understand that politics divides while the culture unites,” said Shri KS Sudarshan, former Sarsanghachalak of RSS. He was addressing a gathering of the Muslim Rashtriya Manch activists assembled at a training camp in Raipur on June 7. Workers from 15 states of the country participated in the camp. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and RSS National Executive Member Shri Indresh Kumar also addressed the workers.
Shri Sudarshan asked the workers to spread the message of love and peace in the society and appealed to them to remember that they share the same ancestors, culture and traditions with their Hindu brothers. He also urged them to feel the unity in diversity and experience the inherent unity of mankind in the light of Islam and its tenets of peace and brotherhood.
He said that in true sense the Parsis, Jews and Anglo-Indians are minorities in India. The Muslims did not come from outside India and belonged to this land. They might have changed their way of worship some centuries, generations ago, but they share same ancestors, culture and traditions with the Hindus. He said if Islam means peace then how cruelty had entered into it? He said when religion ties itself with imperialism then it becomes violent. All sorts of bad qualities creep into it and it loses its original character.
Speaking at the inaugural session Shri Indresh Kumar stressed on the origin and progress of the Manch. He said apart from organising many successful events the Manch gave a clarion call to stop cow slaughter and its progeny, which forms the basis of agriculture-based economy. The Manch activists collected five lakh signatures of Muslims from all provinces and when a delegation of the Manch met the Vice-President Hamid Ansari and submitted its demand for banning the cow slaughter, he said he had no objection in getting the law passed by the government, but the demand should come at least from 15 lakh Muslims of the country. The Manch immediately accepted the challenge and promised that they would bring 15 lakh signatures to the government soon. Meanwhile, the Deoband Madrasa came out with a fatwa forbidding Muslims to kill cows and oxen on Id or other occasions. He said the Darul Ulum also issued a fatwa saying that Hindus cannot be kafirs because kafirs are those who do not believe in God. The Hindus believe in God and as such they cannot be described as kafirs.
Outlining the future programmess of the Manch Shri Indresh Kumar said from August 9 to 15 the Manch would observe Tiranga Lehrao-Atank Bhagao week all over the country. During this week the Manch would unfurl the tricolor at public places and would take oath to fight against terrorism. To pay tributes to the martyrs of 26/11 terrorist attacks on its first anniversary, the Manch will organise a massive rally in Mumbai on November 25 and will commit itself to thwart the terrorists’ designs to destabilise India.
During the Ramzan period the Manch workers will organise plantation drive to save environment and control pollution under the slogan Pradushan Bhagao, Paryavaran Bachao. Shri Indresh Kumar said so far the Manch work has spread to 22 states and there are 15 full time workers. The Manch has decided to concentrate on students and women wings and will shortly organise national level convention of students and women. He also declared the new national team of the Manch. In the new team, Shri Tanveer Ahmed is patron, Shri Mohd Afzal and Shri Salabat Khan are national convenors, Shri Girish Jyual is organising secretary and Shri Umer Iliyasi will look after the work of public relations.