Muslims & Dalits urged to strengthen SDPI

By Pervez Bari,,

Bhopal: In the backdrop of atrocities being committed on Muslims and Dalits it is imperative that Muslim voluntary organizations and movements come to the forefront for the advancement of these communities. It is high time for the Muslims to take initiative for the political movement that values democracy and social and economic equality, said A. Sayeed, general secretary of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) while addressing its Madhya Pradesh state party delegates here on Sunday.

For last 62 years since Independence anti-Muslim forces have joined hands to keep Muslims out from the corridors of power. The political scenario in India be it so-called secular forces like Congress, the Communists, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party or the bandwagon of Hindutva allies like BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal etc. all have a common agenda to keep Muslims and Dalits at the fringe end of the power structure and instill in them the terror of fear.

Sayeed recalled that in 1992 when Congress party was in power at the Centre the era of close relations of India with Israel started. The then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao had signed a treaty with Israel facilitating the opening of Israeli embassy in New Delhi and thereafter started Jew lobby’s anti-Muslim policies being implemented by Indian administration in a planned manner, he pointed out.

The influence exerted by the communal forces both inside and from outside have weakened the secularism of the country .The administration does not take measures to stop the well orchestrated attacks on the Muslims. Neither does it punish the culprits of such crimes. Special security acts are used mostly against the poor in general and the Muslims and the Dalits in particular, he added.

Sayeed asserted that the SDPI was formed to realize a social order and political system based on the Indian Constitutional ideals of justice, equality, liberty and fraternity. The SDPI was officially formed on June 21, 2009 in New Delhi and was formally launched on July 29, 2009.

The SDPI has its presence in 16 states with about 1.5 lakh cadres, he stated.

Maulana Usman Baig, National Working Committee member of SDPI, speaking on the occasion said the Muslims have been pushed down by the inferiority complex created by the peculiar historic developments. They are under the wrong impression that any political move of their own is wrong .While the national secular parties are anxious to use the Muslim votes they have been reluctant to take them in as equal partners. They have failed to secure the rights of the Muslims as citizens and refused to give even legal protection to them during communal riots which are a byword for collective anti-Muslim attacks.

He said SDPI will try to extricate Muslims from the weightlessness which they feel about themselves and perch them to a position where they will have say in the affairs of the country. It is a historical moment in the politics of India which the Muslims should not miss and strengthen the hands of SDPI to give them a voice which is heard in the corridors of power, he emphasized.

Advocate Sajid Siddiqui, vice president of SDPI who has also been elected president of the MP state unit, while throwing light on the need of launching SDPI termed this as a new chapter in the history of Indian politics. He hoped that with formation of MP unit of SDPI the office-bearers would work dedicatedly in the state to realize a new political order. Our aim is not merely to contest election and win positions, but to politically organize Muslims and Dalits for achieving their civil and secular rights as equal citizens under our democratic system, he stressed.

Discrimination on the basis of race, community and colour still exists. There are laws ensuring social justice but they are rarely implemented. India is country with world’s largest number of the poor and the needy. Behind the festooned statistic of India’s increasing number of crorepatis there are the unrecognized sorrows of the poor, Sajid remarked.

Meanwhile, delegates from Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior Sheopur and Bhopal attended SDPI's Madhya Pradesh State leaders get-together held here. Central coordinator C. P. Muhammad Ali was also present on the occasion. (


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