At a press meet held in Dawat Nagar Abul Fazal Eclave on October 1, Jamaat-E-Islami (Hind) leaders expressed their deep concern over increasing graft cases, riots and poverty that are derailing India’s ascendancy to world power. Talking about corruption, JEIH leaders demanded bringing back black money stashed in foreign countries and announced their support to a comprehensive Lokpal Bill. Also, they pointed out that good laws, sound character and fear of God would help bring an end to corruption.
“In spite of overall economic development large sections of society are still in the grip of poverty. Inflation is making lives of poor Indians difficult with some farmers committing suicides. The government is not taking concrete steps to address this problem. The Jamaat has been doing its best, with its limited resources, to help the poor wherever it is possible,” said a JEIH leader.
Expressing his reservations about RTE, he said: “Promotion and acquisition of knowledge is a must and government must spend greater share of GDP on education. The government should earmark more funds for the education of the Muslims, but must refrain from interfering in the affairs of Muslim educational institutions and desist from curtailing their autonomy.”
Other speakers raised the issue of communal riots, the latest being in Gopalgarh where innocent Muslims were mercilessly killed. “In almost all riots police and administration have failed to do their duty and instead acted in partisan and anti-Muslim manner. After 9/11 India got closer to imperialistic powers and cases of concocted charges and arrests of Muslim youths and attempts to spoil their careers are being carried out all over the country. Malegaon is an example where a bomb attack went off in a mosque and Muslims lost their lives, yet Muslim youths were arrested and tortured,” claimed a speaker.
JEI asked the government to uphold justice and rule of law so that the atmosphere of peace and brotherhood may be maintained.
Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, president of Jamaat, Engineer Saleem Public Relation Secretary, Ejaz Ahmed Aslam, Media secretary addressed the press-meet and interacted with media persons on varied issues including Gopalganj (Rajasthan) riots. Muslims’ arrest in blasts cases in general and Malegaon blast case in particular and recent involvement of national political leaders in corruption cases also cropped up during the question and answer session.