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Muslim law board vows to fight communal forces

All India Muslim Personal Law Board's executive member, Maulana Syed Khalil-ur-Rahman Sajjad Nomani speaks at a meet in Hyderabad on Saturday. — PHOTO: MOHAMMED YOUSUF

All India Muslim Personal Law Board's executive member, Maulana Syed Khalil-ur-Rahman Sajjad Nomani speaks at a meet in Hyderabad on Saturday. — PHOTO: MOHAMMED YOUSUF  

The country’s minorities should be rescued from “brahmanical social order” that is supported and imposed by the Union government, said executive council member of the India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Maulana Syed Khalil-ur-Rahman Sajjad Nomani here on Saturday. The government is propagating brahmanical culture using its political power, he added, expressing AIMPLB’s standpoint.

The Board on Saturday launched a movement in Telangana to safeguard constitutional rights and faith of religious minorities titled Deen aur Dastur Bachao (Save Religion-Save Constitution) campaign. The campaign is already operational in Maharasthra and Madhya Pradesh.

The Union government is being run by the RSS, Mr. Nomani said. By imposing Surya Namaskar, other yoga practices and Vande Mataram in public institutions, including schools and colleges, the government is imposing Vedic culture on minorities, Mr. Nomani said.

“The Board gave the government its chance to institute secular public policies. But now with the Prime Minister holding a two-day meeting with the RSS, the Board has realised that it should remind Mr. Modi that he PM not just to the some sections of society but to all,” Mr. Nomani said. After Mr. Modi took over the reins, 127 churches have been destroyed by right-wing outfits, he pointed out, adding even the representatives of Christian churches have joined hands with AIMPLB to battle communal forces.

Mr. Nomani said that the social, secular and democratic fabric of the Constitution is currently under threat as the Centre has decided to coerce the minorities to accept right-wing dictates. “After due study, the Board will approach the Supreme Court to put an end to imposition of yoga and Vande Mataram in educational institutions,” he said speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines. The Board had earlier got a favourable order from Rajasthan High Court that made the practices optional.

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