NRIs

'Support secularism, shun fanaticism'

April 26, 2017 12:34 AM

By Jatinder Singh Bedi


Chicago (Punjabkhabar Bureau): Shabbir Ali, the Opposition Leader of Telangana State Assembly, has called on the NRIs to wholeheartedly support those who work to strengthen secularism in India, and keep a distance from religious fanatics that tend to loosen the country’s secular fibre.

Ali was speaking at a reception that the United Cricket Club hosted in his honour under the aegis of Adil Azeem Khan, the club’s President.

Ali emphasised it is secularism that keeps a nation in tact and powerful. "From the US, put in your best to keep the [India’s] secularism intact; and shun those who indulge in religious fanaticism," Ali said in his vehement appeal. India’s secularism is so tight that no power can break it. India has a separate Personal Law for Hindu's Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Jains, and other special regions of the country. Citing the example of Pakistan’s dismemberment to form Bangladesh, Ali stated that the religion is not the force that stops a country from disintegration.

He said India is passing through a difficult phase these days, where some religious ideologues are hell-bent on fomenting trouble by raising religious issues that irate other religions. He said groups like the RSS that were not active in the past, have very aggressively come to the fore.

He extended his thanks to the prominent amongst those present. They included Latif Khan, Sher Shah Khan, Adil Azeem Khan, Jatinder Singh Bedi, Mansoor Shah Khan, Syed Mukkaram, Hamid Ullah Khan.

India is passing through a difficult phase these days, where some religious ideologues are hell-bent on fomenting trouble by raising religious issues that irate the other religions. Ali said the groups like RSS that were not active in the past, very aggressively come to the fore.

Making a special mention of Latif Khan, Shabbir Ali recalled how Khan presented him with a bullet-proof jacket to protect himself from the ongoing repeated Naxalite attacks during the early phase of his political life. He also acknowledged Khan’s monetary support during the Muslim community’s fight seeking reservations in the education sector in India. "The Taleem-e-Inqalab that you see in the Andhra-Telengana region today could be made possible due to Latif Khan’s monetary support.… In the front was me and Rajshekar Reddy, whereas behind the curtain it was Latif Khan, he added in acknowledgement to him.

It needs a mention that Ali cut short his Chicago visit due to the sudden announcement by the ruling party to present the Bill increasing the Muslim Reservation Quota to 12 per cent.

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