It’s Not About Umar Gautam, It’s Rather About Our Apathy: Zafarul-Islam Khan

Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, Chief Editor of Milli Gazette

Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan

SEVERAL DAYS have passed since Umar Gautam and Mufti Jahangir were arrested. They are being implicated in a minor issue in which they were not directly involved. They are facing allegations of converting 1,000, then 3,000 people by force. Deaf and dumb boys have been converted, it is alleged. It is also alleged that they have been funded by the notorious ISI. Lapdog media is roaring.

Hate-mongers of the Sangh Parivar are giving all sorts of statements. Nothing from the side of Umar Gautam and his friend Mufti Jahangir is heard. Statements of only police or Sanghis are coming. They are linking them to forceful conversion and terrorism; and now talks are on to slap NSA (National Security Act) on them which is invoked only against those who are a threat to the nation.

In the meantime, a strange thing is happening. There is complete silence from Muslims. Those who claim to be spokespersons of the community; issue press releases about their achievements and then make sure that these are published in Urdu newspapers; collect massive funds in the name of the community, they are all keeping mum. As if this is not their issue. Perhaps they believe that this fire will spare them.

Umar Gautam’s issue is not his personal. He was doing his work well within his rights, as per Article 25 of the constitution. If he has done something wrong, then it should be investigated in a transparent manner. But the media trial and UP government’s eagerness to implicate him indicates that the matter is something else. In fact, they want to prepare ground for UP election, create Hindu-Muslim polarization and spark communal riots. This type of hype is necessary for all this.

We should unite to stop this wave of injustice and take political and legal measures. Otherwise, all of us will be implicated one by one. Then there will be no one to speak out. Still there is time. Community leaders and organisations should take the matter seriously and challenge this mischief politically and legally through a common platform. There may come a time when Sanghi monarchies would take even this privilege from us.

(Translated from Urdu by Clarion staff)


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