SDPI National Meet
SDPI manifesto on
October 18 in New Delhi
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Instead of launching a political party, the Muslims must become
politically aware and vote for those who work for their welfare,
SDPI National Delegates Meet in New Delhi on Oct. 18
newly launched Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), has put
forth the slogan of “Freedom from Hunger, Freedom from Fear” in its
manifesto which was released in National Delegates Meet held in
FICCI auditorium here on Sunday.
manifesto highlights that two fears obstruct the organic development
of the citizens which are: Fear of hunger and fear of violence. The
party will work for absolute removal of these two fears from the
mind of common man. The manifesto was released by SDPI president E.
Abubacker, who made the formal declaration of the party. The general
secretary A. Sayeed threw light on the manifesto’s highlights.
manifesto has called for the empowerment of all marginalised
sections of the society by mobilizing themselves into a political
force, instead of remaining as mere vote banks of different
political parties in elections. It has demanded balanced
representation of all social groups in legislatures and all
administrative bodies nominated by government, in proportion to
About 650 delegates from all over India converged for the first
National Delegate Meet of SDPI. The SDPI has its presence in 16
states with about 1,50,000 party cadres. The State Committees have
been formed in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal,
Manipur, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Bihar and Goa.
wants to unite
Muslims to make
them a force to
reckon with so that
its importance is
is granted its
Abubacker handed over the party flag to party presidents of ten
states where state units of SDPI have been constituted. Thereafter,
he administered oath to the delegates with right hand fist held up
near the head. After the oath ceremony the auditorium witnessed a
charged atmosphere as the venue reverberated with slogans of
“Zindabad Zindabad SDPI Zindabad” raised by the delegates on the
SDPI social democracy is the belief that it is the basic duty of any
administration worth its salt to ensure equitable distribution of
the nation's resources through state intervention without stifling
private entrepreneurship and initiative.
the SDPI has proposed short- term and long- term measures which will
ensure protection of rights, equity and justice and called upon the
political establishment to revise policies, plans and programmes in
order to stop accentuation of economic disparities and to foster
economic growth with justice.
manifesto underlined that SDPI has been launched to mobilize people
to work for alternative socio-political and economic model that is
sustainable, pro-people and democratic in its core –principles. Such
a model alone will take India to greater heights of prosperity and
justice. “We seek the support of all people irrespective of their
caste or creed”, it added.
such SDPI has been launched to empower Muslims and other deprived
communities. It is time to bid goodbye to tactical voting and go for
strategic plans designed to achieve adequate representation in
legislative bodies, the manifesto said.
may be mentioned here that SDPI was formed to realize a social order
and political system based on the Constitutional ideals of justice,
equality, liberty and fraternity. The SDPI was officially
constituted on June 21, 2009 in New Delhi and was formally launched
a month later on July 29.
Meanwhile, Abubacker in his presidential address said SDPI wants to
unite Muslims to make them a force to reckon with so that its
importance is recognized and is granted its constitutional rights.
If Muslims want to get their constitutional rights then they should
strengthen the hands of SDPI, he stressed.
meet has resolved to demand both the Central and State Governments
to re-investigate all encounter killings which took place after
1992 and enact legislations for reservations for the Dalits and the
SDPI demanded enactment of comprehensive reservation act for the
strict implementation of the system of reservation in education and
public employment in all states, in central services and
institutions and also in private sector enterprises that take
benefit of the state largess; It also called for the implementation
of the Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission's recommendations on
reservation for minorities and extension S.C. benefits to those
social groups among Christians and Muslims engaged in similar
occupations. It desired extension of Special Recruitment now
applicable to SC/ST to other under-represented castes and
communities and demanded increase in the representation of all
under-represented groups, specially the Dalits and the minorities,
has also demanded the Union government to strengthen the policy of
Non-Alignment and take immediate steps to prevent the US lobby from
interfering in our affairs. The Indo-US Nuclear Deal which is a
symbol of our surrender to the US hegemony should be immediately
scrapped. India must break off all its diplomatic ties with the
Zionist State of Israel and re-establish its commitment towards the
National Delegates Meet of the SDPI expressed solidarity with the
1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy victims. Passing a resolution about this
tragedy the delegates called upon the lawyers, human rights
defenders and environmental activists to constitute a people’s
commission to find out the socio-economic impact of the tragedy. It
also called upon Madhya Pradesh Govt. to ensure that all
compensation money is distributed among the victims of the tragedy.
The Meet also called upon the central government to put pressure on
the US administration for the extradition and subsequent trial of
Warren Anderson and his Indian counter parts who roam free without
guilt or remorse.
above demands were made among the eight resolutions which were
passed unanimously at the National Delegates Meet of the SDPI.
Meanwhile, the SDPI through its manifesto, amongst other things,
also demanded (i) the protection of status quo of all places of
worship as on August 15, 1947, rebuilding of the structures
demolished later and their transfer to the concerned communities;
(ii) full implementation of the recommendations of the Justice
Sachchar Committee and also to take additional steps that are
necessary to alleviate the relative backwardness of Muslims in all
fields which has been established in Sachchar Report; (iii)
Cancellation of the new criteria for defining families living below
the poverty line (BPL) in ration card for public distribution
system, which has been motivated to reduce the access of the people
to essential articles of mass consumption at affordable prices; (iv)
to increase in the representation of all underrepresented groups,
specially the Dalits and the minorities, in the police force, the
armed forces and the intelligence set-up to match their proportion
in the population;
While, SDPI has given a clarion call to extricate the masses from
quagmire of poverty, hunger, fear and illiteracy and bring about a
sea change in their lives with a complete revamp of the system. The
grass root level democracy and enfranchisement of people are
fundamental to this change.
Mohammed Omer Khan, General Secretary SDPI, presented a report on
the party’s activities. Maulana Usman Baig Rshadi, National Working
Committee member of the party, gave introduction of the Theme Paper
on “Freedom from hunger; Freedom from fear”
leading guest personalities also expressed their views on the
occasion. They were Syed Shahabuddin, the ex-Member of Parliament;
E.M Abdurrahman, chairman Popular Front of India, (PFI); Dr. Suresh
Khairnar, Convener Dharm Nirpeksh Nagarik Munch; Dr Zafarul Islam
Khan, president All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, and K.M
Shareef, General Secretary PFI.
the outset Adv. Sajid Siddiqui, vice president SDPI, welcomed the
delegates. The vote of thanks was proposed by Abdul Rasheed Agwan,
president organizing committee of the Meet.