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Gujarat textbooks have anti-Muslim contents, portray Hitler as hero

Says Asghar Ali Engineer; Bureaucracy and security forces are infiltrated by RSS, alleges Ram Puniyani

Wednesday December 12, 2012 07:08:38 PM, Staff Reporter

National Integration Council (NIC) member Asghar Ali Engineer addressing a public meeting at Iscus Libray Hall in Malegaon on December 10, 2012


Malegaon: From questioning the funeral with state honour of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray and infiltration of RSS men into Indian bureaucracy and security forces to status of minorities in India and textbooks containing anti-Muslim references, the two stalwarts of the secular movement were all criticism against the communal forces when they addressed a public meeting held at Iscus Library Hall in Malegaon on Monday.


Asghar Ali Engineer and Ram Puniyani – one current and the other former member of the National Integration Council (NIC), at the same time called for a ban on communal politics that they said was dividing the nation on religious lines.


“The cases of rights violations against the Muslims are increasing day by day. Innocents are in jails. They are being victimised in such a persistent and systematic manner that they are not able to concentrate on their empowerment”, Ram Puniyani said while addressing the meeting which coincided with the International Human Rights Day celebrated every year on December 10.

“I can’t be satisfied and live in peace in a country where such a huge population is subjected to violence and discriminated against”, he said.

“The communal forces are working in a most organised and systematic way. They have their own men in IPS, IAS and other civil services sector”, he alleged.


Stating that the communal forces were at work in various fields and on different programs, Asghar Ali Engineer said that they were contaminating innocent minds with hatred by including anti-Muslim references in textbooks.


"Hate propaganda is their main weapon. Booklets containing materials that incite violence and promote hatred among communities are distributed in small towns and tehsils. There are textbooks in Gujarat that have anti-Muslim references", he said specially mentioning that the BA 2nd year textbooks portray Hitler as hero and refer Islam as religion of violence.


“The communal forces have nothing to do with their religion. It is part of their politics to garner votes and rule - derived from the pre-independence colonial rule. They tend to divide the country on religious lines for their own political agenda”, said Engineer.

“It is the time to impose a ban on such kind of politics and replace it with the politics of growth, development and inclusiveness”, he added urging to have think-tanks in every area and a joint strategy to propagate harmony and fight the forces involved in politics of hatred and violence.

Highlighting the importance of unity among the people from different communities and religions, he, quoting the national leaders and freedom fighters, said that we had the leaders who rejected even the independence at the cost of Hindu and Muslim unity.

“No religion preaches hatred and promotes violence. If a person is religious, let him follow any religion, he can never indulge in politics of hatred and violence. Mahatma Gandhi and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad both were tolerant, liberal in their thinking and accommodative in their approach. It is because both were very religious”, he said.





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