It was on Tuesday when reports surfaced of a meeting held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a delegation of Muslim clerics led by Jamiat Ulema-I-Hind chief Maulana Mahmood A Madani.
Professor Akhtarul Wasey was also part of the delegation. To know what was discussed in the meeting, OT.COM spoke with Professor Wasey.
“The meeting was fruitful. And for the first time in three years such meeting between Muslim delegation and PM Modi was held to discuss issues. Several issues were discussed in the 1 hour 30 minutes meeting. The Jamaat chief said Muslims are Indian citizens by choice as they protested against the division of India and also decided to stay in the country.
“Moreover, it was also raised that some mechanism should be put to narrow the widening gap between Muslims and the Government. It was discussed there is a need for a committee that ends communication gap between the Government and the community,” said the Islamic scholar.
Professor Wasey praised Modi’s new India dream, pointing out that it can only be successful when 18 crore Muslims become part of the mainstream India and they are included in the development projects
After the meeting was over, Maulana M Madani told the media: “His (PM Modi) attitude on all issues was reasonable and satisfactory. We are leaving with lot of hopes.”
Professor Wasey said: “During the meeting the Prime Minister said democracy’s greatest strength is harmony and amity. Emphasising that the Government does not have any right to discriminate among citizens, the Prime Minister said India’s speciality has been its unity in diversity.
In a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office, it read: “On Triple Talaq, the Prime Minister reiterated that the Muslim community should not allow this issue to be politicized, and urged the assembled gathering to take the responsibility for initiating reform in this regard.”
The statement further read: “Noting that terrorism is a major challenge, they (Muslim leaders) expressed a common resolve to combat it with all their might. They added that it is the Muslim community’s responsibility that under no circumstances should anyone compromise the nation’s security or well-being. They said that the Muslim community would never allow any conspiracy against India to succeed.”