Rethinking the Dalit
Muslim Movement: The Pasmanda
Movement (PM) refers to the contemporary caste/class movement
among Indian Muslims. Though the history of caste movements
among Muslims can be traced.....
If Dalits and Muslims, who constitute about 50 per
cent of the electorates, join hands politically then nothing else is
required to wrest power from the Brahminical forces, which is a
miniscule micro-minority ruling India for last six decades since
Independence. Seeing the continuous deterioration in the plight of
Muslims it does not look like that they ever ruled India for 800
observations was made by Bhai Tej Singh, president of Ambedkar Samaj
Party, at a Iftar get-together here hosted by the newly formed
Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), at the Ghalib Academy. At
the get-together politicians, academicians, advocates, human right
activists, students etc. were present.
Singh said when
the British left India in 1947 Muslims in government service were
about 35 per cent. However, now in the last 60-62 years they have
been reduced to less than one per cent, courtesy the ruling class.
Besides Congress other parties like BSP, SP, RJD etc. have used
Muslims as pawn in their surge to the citadel of power, he
He said his
discussions are on with SDPI leaders as how Dalits and Muslims can
unitedly fight electoral battles in a democratic manner to show the
door to the ruling Brahminical class and others. He said he was very
much impressed when he saw the cadres of Popular Front of India and
SDPI recently and as such there is immense potential for this new
political force to succeed at the hustings in future.
President of SDPI
E. Abubacker in his presidential address said that the time has come
for Muslims together with Dalits and other backward classes to march
forward in unison to their ultimate goal of empowering themselves
and to have their share in political power structure of India. It is
necessary to ponder now as to what we could do for our country,
society, community and have-nots. It is no gain in criticizing our
forefathers as to what they did or did not do and what government
of the day did or did not do. Just sitting and engaging ourselves in
such fruitless discussion will lead us to nowhere, he averred.
“If we continue to
wait further for things to change for the better on its own then the
future generations would never forgive us for this lapse. It’s time
we make life difficult for those in power who are depriving the
masses of their rights as enshrined in the Constitution of India”,
Abubacker said for
this purpose SDPI has been formed and plunge itself into the
political battle-ground. The SDPI has not descended from the skies.
It is a party of the people residing on earth. Its roots are in the
ground while its branches are spread all over the skies.
The SDPI is not my
party or people sitting here on the dais but belongs to people of
entire India. It is only a technical thing that I am its president.
The party is of Indian Muslims, Dalits, Christians, farmers and all
minorities and have-nots and its task is “Iqtadar Mein Hissa Lena
Hai” (to get its share in power). It is going to work with
ground realities, he added.
He reiterated that
if we work together and persevere uninterruptedly then certainly a
revolution would come in India and we shall be in power to realize
the dreams of one and all especially the minorities and the
answering questions from the audience in the inter-active session
Abubacker said there is no VIP in the SDPI. It has risen from the
grass-root level by being involved in social service under the
banner of Popular Front of India. It has all India perspective and
is not confined to any particular region with all issues concerning
the common man as its agenda.
He cleared that
SDPI would not disturb like-minded parties but move forward with
E. M. Abdurrahman,
chairman of Popular Front of India, said SDPI is not
personality-oriented party depending on the charismatic or charm of
one or two leaders but it is cadre based. It is a party of the
people, for the people and by people. It works with an open mind and
heart, he declared.
pointed out that the SDPI is the natural outcome of discussions and
inter-actions while being engrossed in the social sector for nearly
last two decades.
Sayeed , general
secretary SDPI, explained about the green-red party flag with a
white star placed in the centre. He said green stands for
eco-friendly and prosperity while red depicts sacrifice.
The white star
indicates peace, he added.
In the beginning
Maulana Usman Baig, member of National Executive of PFI, while
throwing light on the history of the formation of SDPI said up till
now in 16 states branches of the party have been established with
more than one lakh cadres. The next target is to recruit about two
lakh cadres by October 18 this year when a national convention of
the party would be held in New Delhi, he informed.