New Delhi, Sept 9
As a step towards uniting people in endeavors for protecting their fundamental rights and maintaining a peaceful atmosphere free from fear and hatred, Popular Front of India convened “Community Leaders Convention” on 7 September 2019 at N.D. Tewari Bhawan in New Delhi. The programme was attended by more than 200 delegates drawn from Delhi and adjacent states representing different local organizations and institutions.
After deliberation on the current socio-political situations prevailing in the country, the convention resolved to build grass root level alliances to prevent right violations that are on the rise in certain parts of the country. The meeting called upon local communities to adopt constitutional and legal measures to ensure punishments to the culprits. Resolutions were also passed on various issues like amendments to UAPA act and NIA act, abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, extension of NRC etc. The leaders coming from different political and social backgrounds spoke on this occasion and expressed their views and suggestions.
Popular Front chairman E. Abubacker said in his inaugural speech that this government’s moves are not only against the Muslim community, but against all citizens of this country. “The fascist forces think that they are a well organized majority, but history makes it clear that many of the well organized majorities have been defeated by minorities”, he said. He commented that NRC is to be thrown in Ganga-Yamuna, instead of creating fear in the name of keeping documents ready for submitting before NRC.
In his keynote address, Anis Ahmad, National Secretary of Popular Front said that you can’t change the agenda of fascism by appeasing them. He called for a new resistance movement against the authoritarian rule as the country has witnessed during emergency period.
Former judge at Mumbai High Court Justice BG Kolse Patil said that if the people really want to defeat fascism, they must come out of their homes and agitate on the streets.
While expressing his views, Sayed Sarwar Chishti (Gaddi Nashin Ajmer Sharif) said that with the differences prevailing among the minorities, we can never defeat the fascist forces. If we fail in uniting for this cause, our future generations would not forgive us.
Other speakers who addressed the convention include Javed Ali Khan (Member of Parliament), Advt. Sharfuddin Ahamed (National Vice President, SDPI), Dr. Taslim Ahmad Rahmani (National Secretary SDPI), Ashok Bharti (National President, All India Ambedkar Mahasabha & Jan Samman Party), Adv. N D Pancholi, Raghvan Sreenivasan (National President, Lok Raj Sanghatan), Adv. Bhanu Pratap (National President, Rashtriya Janhit Sangharash Party), D C Kapil (National President, All India Dalit Muslim United Morcha), Harminder Singh Ahalwalia (Convenor, United Sikh Mission), etc.
M Mohammad Ali Jinnah, General Secretary, Popular Front presented the resolutions which were approved by all delegates.
A S Ismail, President, North Zone, Popular Front presided over the convention. Anis Ansari, Zonal Secretary welcomed the guests and Dr. Mohammad Shamoon gave vote of thanks. Perwez Ahmed (Delhi State President, Popular Front of India) conducted the programme.
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