Special Correspondent

Kozhikode: The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leadership has emphasised its resolve to strive for unity within the Muslim community. It also appealed to leaders of all Muslim organisations to co-operate with its endeavour to iron out differences that had kept them divided.

IUML State general secretary P.K. Kunhalikutty said here on Monday,

“Unity is progress …. differences are destructive. It is the declared aim of the League to lead Muslim community into the societal mainstream.

The IUML is aware that unity within Muslim community will be critical in the context of the recommendations made by the Sachar Committee.”

In other States

Mr. Kunhalikutty said that political empowerment of Muslims was essential to establish the community’s identity.

This could be achieved in Kerala only because majority of Muslims supported the IUML.

The community was strong in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

However its fortunes suffered in these States because of decline in political awareness in recent times, Mr. Kunhalikutty said.

Appeal to leaders

Stressing the need to wipe out differences among community leaders, Mr. Kunhalikutty said the IUML was ready to do whatever was necessary to forge unity within the community.

“Resolving long-standing conflicts is not going to be easy. Differences have to be settled through discussions. Only then the cherished goal of unity within Muslim community will be realised,” Mr. Kunhalikutty said.

The League leader said his party would not be deterred by setbacks to unity efforts.

“However, we would like to make it clear our endeavour for forging unity within Muslim community has nothing to do with electoral politics,” Mr. Kunhalikutty said.