Modi government to commemorate Muslim and Christian national icons

If Narendra Modi is  trying to please the minorities with this gesture; he should better reign in the radical elements, which have raised their ugly heads, after Mr. Modi coming to power. Only that action of his will prove his sincerity towards the minorities. He has, till now, not uttered a word on the activities of these elements………

GREG 

The list also has names of Christians who participated in the Indian freedom struggle, such as TM Varghese.

New Delhi:The government, in an effort to assert its secular credentials, has compiled a list of national icons from the Muslim and Christian communities whose deeds will be commemorated.

The government plans to name schemes targeted at minorities after these individuals, which include eminent names from the freedom struggle as well as historical figures from the Mughal era.

The list includes revolutionary Ashfaqulla Khan, leader of Salt Satyagraha Abbas Tyabji, Quit India movement leader from Kerala Vakkom Abdul Khadir and political activist and freedom fighter Ubaidullah Sindhi.

The list also has names of Christians who participated in the Indian freedom struggle, such as TM Varghese and George Joseph and leaders of the Parsi community — Pherozeshah Mehta and Bhikaji Cama.

Muslim women such as Bi Amma (Abadi Begum) and Begum Hazrat Mahal, who rebelled against British rule, are also part of the list, along with Mughal prince Dara Shikoh, seen as a proponent of Hindu-Muslim unity.

Others include poet Iqbal, who penned the song ‘Saare jahan se achha’, and scholar of Indian Unani medicine system Hakim Ajmal Khan.

Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told ET that schemes named after these personalities will soon be rolled out.

Their deeds will also be propagated through commemorative events. The attempt is to “build confidence in Muslims by celebrating people of the community who believed in Indian nationalism and fought for it”, he said.

“During Congress rule, there has been ignoring of Muslim nationalists as all schemes were centred around one family. It is sad that because of this, people tend to associate Indian Muslims with gangsters or crime. The Modi government wants to break that stereotype and wants everyone to know that minority communities have played a significant role in the national struggle,” he added.

Recently, a report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) slammed the NDA government for its “minority policy” and expressed concern about Sangh Parivar’s ‘Ghar Wapsi’ campaign.

“In the past few months I have visited over 15 states, met community leaders and spoken to officials in minority commissions. Minorities are ready to trust PM Modi because the government is delivering and they are not being politically used for the first time,” Naqvi said, adding that suggestions given by states to improve the conditions of minority communities are being passed on to the Centre for consideration.

Source: Economic times

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1 Comment

  1. dmelloalex said,

    May 8, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Look, I personally cannot trust these dalals. This is all after thought by the BJP govt., basically because BJP MP’s and sanghis spewing venom against minorities and the PM is totally silent. Just 2-3 days back as its reported that somebody tweeted about killing 3000 Muslims in a day and the same is applicable to all of us. Even if it was written about the majority community I cannot tolerate this. Look at the hatred spreading on the net/FB against minorities. They are always talking about conversions, if it happens why they don’t go to the police stn and file an FIR? who is stopping them? Spreading unlimited lies in the media but the same lies have come back haunting them. Look at Arun Shourie, he fairly the illusion of the common man and Millions who voted for BJP are now disillusioned, here the question of minority or majority doesn’t arise. NGo’s are terrorised, Adivasis are thrown out from their habitat and as the govt failed to control prices it going to be difficult time for the poor.

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