A joint rally was organized under the leadership of Jamait-e-Islami Hind at Parliament on November 22 to protest the illegal arrests of Muslim youth countrywide in the name of “war against terror” by the Indian State. The future of these youth is being destroyed through this act of persecution. Several hundreds of students from Jamia Millia, Jamia Hamdard University, Delhi University, JNU, Aligarh Muslim University and various other universities and colleges participated in the rally. Opposition to the consistent targeting of Muslim youth by the state is being manifested in demonstrations in many parts of the country. The rally concluded in a public meeting.
At this meeting, all the speakers expressed their deep concern at the detention of innocent Muslim youth that has been going on since a long time throughout the country in the name of “war against terror”.
Bijju Nayak, the Secretary of the Delhi Council of Lok Raj Sangathan, which was the co-organiser of the rally said, that today Muslim youth are the victims of state terror, while in the 1980’s it was people of the Sikh faith. Tactics determine when and against whom the state will choose to wield its weapon of state terror. He posed a question to the meeting, “ can you tell me why the Congress Party which organized the genocide of Sikhs in Delhi in 1984 or the BJP that organized the genocide of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002 respectively, swept to power with such a majority? What kind of democracy is this that the Constitution, the judiciary, the media and the Parliament can stamp their approval on a process that brings to power a party that organizes genocide? He pointed out that widespread communal violence accompanied coming into being of the Indian state in 1947. History shows that the people of this country are not communal as much as it shows that it is the state that is communal. Therefore our target is not any particular religion. He invited all present to participate in the demonstration from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar in Delhi, that will be organized to protest the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.
The meeting was addressed by the Mohammed Ahmed - Secretary of the Jamait-e-Islami Hind, S.Q.R.Illiyas - All-India President of the Student Islamic Organisation of India and Secretary of the Welfare Party of India, Abdul Wahab Khilji of the Jameeyat Ahle Hadiz, Dr. Taslim Rehmani of the Muslim Political Council of India, Ekhak Ahmed of APCR and others.
In conclusion, the meeting presented a memorandum to the Prime Minister.