Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennittala has called for joint efforts to confront the challenges facing secularism in the country. “It is the majority’s duty to protect the rights of minorities,” he told the Mujahid state conference in Kottakkal, attended by thousands.
The conference witnessed a special session for Muslim unity with leaders of different organizations emphasizing the need to work together for the welfare of the community and confront the challenges facing them.
There was another session on “Politics of Resistance” where Prof. Kancha Ilayyah said social fascism is the greatest threat facing the country. “Fascists are trying to eliminate Muslims from the country. Cast system is one of the reasons for the tremendous growth of Islam in India,” he said.
Abdussamad Samadani, MLA and a former member of Parliament, also spoke at the conference and urged secular forces to join hands to strengthen pluralism and weaken fascism in the country.
The Global Islahi Meet, which was held in connection with the conference, urged the state and central governments to launch a special package to mitigate the problems of NRIs losing jobs in the Gulf.
Airline companies are now robbing the Keralites working in the Gulf by charging high fares, the organization said, adding that the government was deliberately ignoring the contriubutions of Gulf Malayalees in replenishing the country’s public coffers.
Kerala Pravasi Welfare Board Chairman PMA Salam inaugurated the meet, which was presided over by KNM Vice President Ibrahim Haji Elankode.
The Mujahid conference also urged the government to initiate steps for the provision of housing facility for all the citizens. “It is a shame for civilized India that millions of its citizens sleep in the street,” the statement said.
The conference saw the formation of Global Islahi Movement for the supporters of Islahi ideology in different countries. P.A. Hussain (Fujairah), Kuhammed Hashim (KSA), and K.N. Sulaiman Madani (Qatar) are its president, general Secretary and treasurer respectively.