Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has announced that it would extend free legal aid to those who were left out in the final list of NRC in Assam and also opposed extending the NRC process to other parts of the country
Abdul Bari Masoud | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI — Accusing the ruling BJP governments at the Center and in Assam of politicking humanitarian issues like NRC, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) on Tuesday announced that it would extend free legal aid to those who were left out in the final list of NRC, Assam. Jamaat also said it does not favour extending such exercise in other parts of the country as the ruling party uses such issues for its polarization plank. Jamaat also viewed the slowdown of the economy with deep concern.
At the monthly media briefing held at Jamaat headquarters, JIH Vice President, Syed Ameenul Hassan said it is a matter of grave concern that around two million people have been excluded from the final NRC list.
“We feel that many could not make it into the list because of minor inaccuracies in their documents and Jamaat will offer free legal aid to those excluded from the NRC irrespective of their religion, caste, and creed. We oppose extending the NRC process to other parts of the country,” Hassan added.
He also gave a word of advice to the government that it should focus on core issues of welfare and development instead of such trivial issues.
Responding to a question on the NRC issue, Jamaat Secretary for Community Affairs, Malik Mohtasim Khan quipped that the final list is a befitting answer to the communal forces who used to raise the bogey of “Bangladeshi infiltrators” who drove in millions to change the demography of Assam and northeast states. Now this myth has been busted by the final list and it would provide a sigh of relief to the people of Assam who have been subjected to mental torture on the issue since the late 70s, he said.
Even Congress and Assamese regional parties are opposing the final NRC list. But the fascist forces are attempting to use it for their pet agenda of polarization, he said.
Slamming the proposed amendments in citizenship bill, he said the Jamaat demands that the government must give reasons for exclusion in writing to those who could not find their names in this final list.
“We also expect that the government will not render these nearly two million citizens as “stateless” as it will be very damaging for India’s image in the international community.”
Jamaat leaders also expressed concern over the grim situation in the Kashmir Valley after the government imposed strict lockdown to quell any protest against the unilateral revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
In reply to a question, another Vice President of the Jamaat Mohammed Jafar said Jamaat is very much concerned about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir which has been under lockdown since August 5, 2019 as people are forced into dire conditions due to this.
“We are also concerned, as all the people of our country are, over the situation in Kashmir. It is the duty of the government to ensure that the basic human rights of the people are granted. It must restore normalcy in the state as soon as possible by withdrawing the heavy military presence, uplifting the communications blockade and restoring democracy by allowing popular government to come to power,” Jafar said.
On the meeting between Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani and the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Jamaat leaders just said in a democracy anybody can meet with anyone. On being asked if Jamaat gets the invite from RSS for talks, Jafar said when this will happen we would consider it.
On the steady decline in the Indian economy, Hassan said India has slipped in the World Bank’s GDP rankings and GDP growth has reduced to 5% in the first quarter.
He said the government has failed on all fronts in revitalizing of the economy, therefore, it should immediately convene an all-party meeting and appoint an experts committee to suggest the measures for reviving the economy.
He also flagged that interest-free system can be a panacea for reviving the economy and saving it from any future crises due to speculative stock markets and other interest-based financial instruments.