New Delhi: Organizations like the People’s Front of India (PFI) and any other similar front, which engage in anti-national activities and create discord among our citizens should be banned and action taken against them in accordance with the law, a interfaith dialogue organized by All India Sufi Sajjadanashin Council (AISSC) said during its resolution here on Saturday. The resolution was passed in the presence of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
The resolution stated that targeting any Gods/Goddesses/Prophets in discussions or debates by anyone should be condemned and dealt with according to law.
Hazrat Syed Naseeruddin Chishty, chairman of the All India Sufi Sajjadanashin Council, said in his address that radical organizations should be checked. He also called for PFI to be banned.
“…We condemn when an incident occurs. It’s time to do something. Need one hour to curb and ban radical organizations. Whether they are radical organisations, including PFI, they should be banned if there is evidence against them,” Chishty said.
The AISSC resolution proposed to create a new body, inclusive of all denominations, to spread the message of peace and harmony and fight against radical forces.
The resolution recommended that any person or organization found guilty of spreading hatred among communities by any means should be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of the law.
In his remarks, Ajit Doval said that some elements are trying to create an environment that is hampering India’s progress.
“Certain elements are trying to create an atmosphere that vitiates India’s progress. They create acrimony and conflict in the name of religion and ideology, it affects the whole country while spreading outside the country as well,” Doval said.
“Instead of being silent spectators, we must work on the ground on our differences while strengthening our voices. We must make every sect in India feel that we are a country together, we are proud of it and every religion can be freely professed here,” he added.
The objective of the dialogue was to have a rigorous discussion between representatives of different faiths – Hindu, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jain – on the growing religious intolerance in India.
AISSC said in its statement that the nation is going through difficult times because of some anti-social elements and groups who are trying to distort the image of India as a shining example of unity in diversity.
“India has been the country of various religions and faiths for centuries. We share the history of peaceful co-existence. All religions basically teach to love our fellow countrymen without any discrimination. Islam and Sufism have also endorsed this idea even in India since the 12th century. There is no room for hatred and agitation against any religion in India,” the resolution reads.
“Organizations like PFI and any other similar front, which engage in anti-national activities, pursue a divisive agenda and create discord among our citizens must be banned and action must be taken against them in accordance with the law of the land At the same time, we strongly recommend that any person or organization found guilty of spreading hatred among communities by any means be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of the law,” he noted.
The resolution states that it has been observed that social media platforms are used to promote hatred against religions and their followers. “We call on the government to take serious note of this and take appropriate measures to stem the threat,” he said.
The resolution states that Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity, Jainism, Buddhism and all other religions teach respect for all human beings, aspiration for the common good of humanity.
“In these difficult times, it is the duty of all religious and community leaders to be role models for present and future generations. All religions and communities must thrive and co-exist in harmony for our country to realize its potential,” he said.
“We propose to create a new body, inclusive of all denominations, to spread the message of peace, harmony and the fight against radical forces. We seek everyone’s support as we pursue our mission,” he added.
The Indian Sajjadanashin Sufi Council said that it has decided to organize various events at state and district levels on a regular basis, to spread the message of social and cultural harmony and brotherhood in India.
AISSC is an Islamic, social, voluntary and cultural organization dedicated to the service of humanity and the dissemination of the teachings of the Prophet Hazrat Mohammed.
“We want to convey the message that all religious leaders have a responsibility to guide their community and especially the youth to aspire to become responsible citizens of India. We will initiate an awareness program, motivate our youth to cherish and follow the ideals of our constitution. Duty to the nation is the most sacred duty for all. We firmly profess the concept of ‘HubbulWatani’,” the resolution reads.
The Kerala High Court had observed in May in an order rejecting the plea seeking a CBI investigation into the murder of an RSS worker that the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and the People’s Front of India (PFI) were extremist organizations engaging in serious acts of violence. . (ANI)