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Pasmanda Muslims demand SC status for Dalit Muslims

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In letter to opposition parties, community leaders ask them to clearly state their position on the issue

In letter to opposition parties, community leaders ask them to clearly state their position on the issue

As the Muslim Pasmanda movement gains traction, community leaders have urged opposition parties to come forward in support of their demand to grant Dalit Muslims scheduled caste status and reservation benefits like their counterparts in the Hindu community. They also call for a caste census for all, including Muslims. “This will reveal the exact percentage of the Pasmanda community. So far the Ashraf have a strong hold on the resources of the community,” said a Pasmanda leader in New Delhi.

In a letter to the main opposition parties, including Congress, Trinamool Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD ), the Nationalist Congress (NCP) and the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), Pasmanda’s leadership called on the parties to clearly state their position on the issue of scheduled caste status for Dalit Muslims. “The parties that claim to be secular and get the Muslim vote in large numbers are not ready to take a stand on the Muslims of Pasmanda. The Muslim community in general is poor and backward. As a result, the Muslims of Pasmanda are the worst off. Yet we don’t hear any opposition political party speaking on their behalf,” a Pasmanda leader said on the eve of a day-long meeting in New Delhi.

The engagement of opposition parties through the letter is an initiative of celebrity leader Pasmanda Ali Anwar Ansari, chairman of All India Pasmanda Muslim Mahaz. “The opposition is waging a defensive war. They must wage an aggressive war. No one wins a defensive war,” is the community refrain to the opposition, urging non-BJP political parties to overcome their reluctance to talk about minorities. Pasmanda Muslims are disappointed that “every time there is a case of lynching, usually a Pasmanda Muslim is killed, like in the case of Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri in 2015 or Tabreiz Ansari in 2019. opposition leaders do not speak. ”

The aggrieved leaders point out: “During election time, they take the Muslim vote for granted. So forget them. In fact, during the election campaign, they follow the soft Hindutva. Leaders of so-called secular parties no longer use words like “Muslim” or “secular” in their speeches.

Pasmanda Muslims have gained voice and media presence after Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the BJP National Conclave in Hyderabad called on his party cadres to work among backward and marginalized sections of non-Hindu communities. Since then, demands have been made for the reservation of seats at Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Millia Islamia and Jamia Hamdard, in addition to urging community members to speak up if there is an incident of discrimination. based on caste. The opposition, for its part, has maintained a studied silence.

“Dalit Muslims suffered like their Hindu counterparts. They must be granted Scheduled Caste status. This will help them gain economic and educational mobility,” a Pasmanda leader said, adding, “We have non-Muslim Pasmanda members, Delhi University scholars and a number of Muslim Pasmanda members from UP, of Jharkhand and Bihar with us in this engagement with the opposition parties. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion. Our slogan for more than 20 years has been “Dalit pichhda ek samanHindu Hi you Musalman’ (Dalits, backwards are the same whether they are Hindus or Muslims),” an activist from Pasmanda said, adding, “I came to Delhi especially for the Pasmanda meeting this Sunday.”