Mangalore, Oct 27:“For a democratic nation it is must to give equal status socially, economically and politically to the minorities, but even after 66 years of Independence we are still striving to accomplish it said CPI (M) general secretary and member of parliament Prakash Karat.
He was addressing the convention on Muslim rights organized by the CPIM district unit in association with the CPI, DFYI and CITU at Shanthi Nilaya Auditorium on Sunday October 27.
Karat emphasised that the recommendations of Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission be implemented to uplift Muslim minority in the nation. The Commission had made recommendations to provide 10 per cent reservation for Muslim minority in job and education. Though the commission was set up by the first UPA government, the reservation has not been implemented so far. But it is need of the implement the recommendations to uplift Muslim minority,” Karat said.
He urged the Centre to introduce the Bill that makes providing rehabilitation and compensation to victims of communal violence mandatory. “In most of the communal violence instances, victims are minority. It is the responsibility of the states to provide those victims compensation and rehabilitation,” he added.
Speaking about BJP he said “BJP has taken the Muslims to the political Arena because of the votes of the Muslims but along with RSS it is trying to make India as a Hindu country and he also mentioned about the political stunts performed by the party in the various cow-slaughter cases.
DYFI district president Muneer Katipalla said, “The convention has been organized in order to highlight the problems faced by the Muslim minorities in the country. Instances of communal violence have been increasing at large, and moreover, the promises made by the Congress party towards welfare of Muslims have not been fulfilled.”
Various issues faced by Muslim minorities were discussed during the convention, in the presence of a host of CPI (M), CPI and CITU members and volunteers including party general secretary Prakash Karat and other prominent leaders.
B Madhava, CITU state president; Shariff Rao member of DYFI; Sunil Kumar; J V Sriram Shetty, K Yadav Shetty; Krishna P; Mohjib Rao; K Umesh and others were present on this occasion.