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Congress, BJP conspired to prevent passage of anti-riot bill: Mushawerat
Says, BJP and Congress both have interest to let things continue as they benefit from outcome of communal riots
Saturday December 21, 2013 8:04 PM, News Network

The Central Committee of the All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat (AIMMM), an umbrella body of the Indian Muslim organisations and eminet personalities, in its second meeting of the year held Saturday accused the Congress and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) of conspiring to prevent the passage of the Communal Violence (Prevention) Bill in the truncated winter session.

"Both Congress and BJP conspired to prevent the passage of the Communal Violence (Prevention) Bill in the current session of Parliament while both cooperated to get the watered-down Lokpal bill passed", the leaders observed in the AIMMM observed.

"The Communal violence bill too has been watered-down but even in its present form it will make the local administration accountable, which will be an important step to check riots", they added.

"AIMMM believes that both BJP and Congress have an interest to let things continue as they are as both benefit from the outcome of communal riots and both are united to prevent the Muslim community from enjoying peace and communal harmony needed for progress and prosperity", they said.

They also accused Sangh Parivar and other extremist gorups of engineering communal riots to gain political mileage.

Stating that over two hundred communal riots have been recorded within a few months before the recent elections in five states, they said, "It is now clear that communal riots are engineered by certain, especially Sangh Parivar, forces while other political and administrative forces allow this to happen."

"It is the responsibility of the civil society and media to come forward to expose this nexus which is a blot on the face of our democracy. There is a movement now against corruption but the equally dangerous poison of communalism continues to be ignored and tolerated", they said.

They also said that the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh had failed in controlling the riots and the rehabilitation of victims after the riot.

Observing that the one-sided anti-Muslim violence, which erupted in the rural areas of Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Baghpat districts of western Uttar Pradesh last September, is a blot on the face of India in general and the Samajwadi party ruling the state in particular, Mushawerat leaders said, "The state government alongwith its local machinery failed to anticipate or even to take action as soon as the riots started and has since continued in denial of the enormity of the event and its tragic fallout for close to one lakh Muslims who had to flee their villages and take refuge in over 30 refugee camps in Shamli and Muzaffarnagar districts."

"Many have since returned to their villages or settled elsewhere while still there are around 15,000 people living in some two dozen camps in sub-human conditions, surviving in plastic tents while their children are not accepted by local schools and colleges and both Jats and local administration are pressurising them to withdraw FIRs and drop legal cases against the criminals who killed, burnt alive, raped and uprooted a large population within a span of two days on 7-8 September this year", they said.

"AIMMM appeals to the state and Central governments to work in seriousness for the long-term rehabilitation of these refugees who do not wish to return to their villages. Their children must be admitted to local schools and colleges, their FIRs and legal cases should be seriously pursued to punish the criminals and they should be provided with free land to settle as they are camping at present on forest and private lands which they will have to vacate sooner or later", they said.

During the meeting the Mushawerat leaders also demanded from the government to introduce the non-interest based banking system, which they said is successfully running in other countries.

"Islamic, or ethical, finance and banking has become an accepted mode of alternative finance in many parts of the world. Of late, UK has decided to become the hub of Islamic finance which offers an alternative to the interest-based exploitative commercial lending. Despite various assurances by Indian politicians including Prime Minster Manmohan Singh and recommendations of the Committee on Financial Sector Reforms of the Planning Commission (2008), whose chairman is now the governor of RBI, the Indian government continues to drag its feet in this field.

"It is time India took a brave step to allow this form of financial activity to break the vicious circle of private and corporate money-lenders and offer a large segment of the Indian population a chance to invest and participate in the financial sector with clear conscience", they said.

The Mushawerat leaders also expressed their concern over dropping of Arabic and Persian languages by UPSC.

"The UPSC has dropped Arabic and Persian languages from the list of permitted languages for public service exams while almost dead or limited-use languages are kept on the list. Persian is very important for our country as it was the official language for almost seven centuries and all our official and private records of the pre-1857 period are in Persian.

"Arabic, on the other hand, is the official language of 23 countries in the Middle East and North Africa with which we have strong commercial and cultural relations. Any dilution of the importance of these two languages will only harm our own country", they said.

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