'Communal agenda can't be thrust on the basis of numerical strength, harmony vital for nation's progress'
Shams Ur Rehman Alavi
Communal harmony is vital for a nation's progress and prosperity. Besides, ensuring the sense of justice in society and peace among communities is essential for development.
This is the reason that Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has been chiefly focusing on this aspect and has been bringing groups, citizens and activists who hold the cause close to their heart, together for a movement to ensure religious harmony.
Prof. Salim Engineer gave this statement as he was highlighting the major issues on Wednesday. Talking to media persons, he said that the numerical strength or the majority can't be used to thrust a particular agenda or force others to accept injustice.
"The protection of life and property of citizens is always a priority and strengthening communal harmony is paramount. Minority communities must not feel unsafe. The efforts to create religious polarization through inflammatory slogans, hate speeches and incendiary calls, must be tackled", he said.
"We are a multi-cultural society and this is our biggest strength. Hence, principles of equality, liberty, fraternity and justice ought to be given top priority and communalism must be defeated. Jamaat E Islami Hindi has been running campaign to ensure communal amity and bring the religious groups together", Engineer added.
He further said that India is a pluralistic society and continous dialogue, interaction among communities is needed. 'There is no need for hopelessness. Role of religious and social leaders is important in taking the message forward to citizens that harmony is important for nation's and individuals' progress'.
Also, he said that the 'Dharmik Jan Morcha' and 'Sadbhavna Manch' are working in this direction so that the people are sensitized and understand the need for harmony. He said that similar forums for youth and women are also being established, so that there is greater awareness and action on the ground.