Shri Satya Pal Malik, senior leader and former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir said, “With all my capacity and with all who are with me, I would like to ensure that Muslims are not considered second-class citizens. They should be protected, respected and we all should stand by them.”
– Mohd Naushad Khan
New Delhi, 20 Sep: The Delhi State Coordination Committee (DSCC) felicitated warriors of unity and harmony during Sadbhawna Sammelan held at India Islamic Cultural Centre here last evening.
Speaking as Chief Guest, Shri Satya Pal Malik, senior leader and former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, after having been felicitated, said, “With all my capacity and with all who are with me, I would like to ensure that Muslims are not considered second-class citizens. They should be protected, respected and we all should stand by them. We don’t need to explain these because India has plenty of examples of Hindu-Muslim unity.”
The former governor, while referring to the battle between Babur and Rana Sanga and the role of Hasan Mewati, said, Hasan with his men fought on behalf of Rana Sanga and against Babur and was martyred with all his 10,000 people. Babur, in his Baburnama, has written that he became relaxed only after knowing that Hasan Mewati has been killed.
“Also, the great Battle of Haldighati, which is the only battle of Rajput in history which I consider very important because the Senapati of Rana Pratap was Hakim Khan, who during the battle pushed the enemy to the river Banas where a lot of people were killed; even today it is called rakt talai (blood pond). These are some of the examples of great leaders who sacrificed their lives for Hindu-Muslim unity which is part of history; if we forget it, we will forget our history,” observed Shri Malik.
On the situation prevailing in the country, he said, “Let me also remind that great conspiracy is being hatched to create hatred and incite violence and will continue till election of 2024. We have to remain extra cautious. Our unity should remain intact and further strengthened. We should not break it anyway. I am happy and pleased that our khap panchayats have proved that they are alive to such a situation; I do believe they will in future too stand by Muslims the way they did it in Mewat and nearby place.”
Syed Sadatullah Husaini, president Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, who was also felicitated, said, “It is a historic day that we are celebrating and facilitating all those heroes who have presented a model before the entire country as to how to defeat and thwart nefarious designs of hate and violence. The exemplary role played by brothers of Nuh, Khap Panchayats, Jat and Kisan leaders is a model for the entire country. It is the need of the hour that this model should be replicated in every nook and corner of the country. This model has proved that those doing atrocities are always weak; they get strength from our silence. When we are silent, those who are trying to spread hatred become strong.”
Mr. Husaini further said, “Muslims today declare that they will protect their Hindu brethren and Hindus will protect Muslims then no power in the world can create violence and this is a great truth which these heroes have been able to explain to the entire county. The only solution to the prevailing hate atmosphere has been shown by our brothers in Nuh and Mewat. I request all here to go out with the message that the very model will be repeated in the entire country, in every colony of Delhi. They should declare if Muslims are in trouble, Hindus will stand by them, and when Hindus are in problem, Muslims will stand by them. This will surely make our country a land of peace.”
Shri Suresh Koth, senior leader of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha said, “I don’t think we deserve any kind of felicitation because we have only done what we were supposed to do as responsible citizens. We will deserve honor only when it is done in the entire country. We are confined to a small place, we have limited resources but if people in Delhi think to repeat it in the entire country, I’m ready to join them.”
Besides Shri Satya Pal Malik and Sadatullah Husaini, Shri Dharam Pal Badala, Yogita Bhawana, Dr Mohd Raffique, Joginder Singh Mor, Sarpanch Shaukat Ali, Harish Hoon, Pradeep Hooda, Dr Rafiq Hatodi, Chaudhary Radhe Ram, Gurnam Singh, Harsh Chikara, Ashok Balhara, Suresh Koth and many more were felicitated.
Irfanullah Khan, DSCC Convenor and former president of AMU Students Union, in his presidential address, while thanking all warriors of unity and harmony, read out the 11-point resolutions of the Sadbhawna Sammelan, which were adopted unanimously.
In one of the resolutions, Sadbhavna Sammelan vowed that ‘this will not be our last conference but we will take this Sadbhawna Sammelan to every corner of the country and our efforts will continue’. It also vowed to run campaigns for social awareness, social equality, common heritage, etc.
The Sammelan condemned all those political, non-political organizations, institutions and media which spread hatred in the country for their petty interests. It also decided to work to pull out the youth who have been misguided and have become puppets in the hands of those who are spreading hatred, to bridge the gulf that is growing between the citizens, and to resolve social and religious issues through dialogue. It also demanded immediate release of the innocent persons who are imprisoned due to or political malice.
The Sammelan demanded that the innocent people of Mewat who have been jailed in an unconstitutional manner should be released and compensation should be given for the houses, shops and establishments that have been demolished in an unconstitutional manner. It also expressed concern over the condition prevailing in Manipur and called upon both the communities to protect the dignity, unity and integrity of the country and to establish peace.
The Sammelan resolved to eradicate evils like drug addiction, dowry system, child labor, women’s oppression, and exclusion of the elderly.