New Delhi: A self-styled delegation of Muslims called on the Union Minister of Environment, Industry and Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar and thanked him for his support and the Ministry of I&B issuing an advisory to media during the peak of Corona “Jihad”, which had created extremely hateful anti-Muslim environment.
A note of the meeting posted on the Facebook wall of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) did not mention what assurances the minister has given to the delegation.
According to the note: “ As part of policy advocacy and governmental engagement program, four-member IMPAR delegation, comprised of Steering Committee members, Mr. Shahid Siddiqui, Dr MJ Khan, Mr. Shamsher Siddiqui and Mr. Nesar Ahmed called on the Union Minister of Environment, Industry and I&B, Mr. Prakash Javadekar this evening and thanked him for his support and the Ministry of I&B issuing an advisory to media during the peak of Corona Jihad, which had created extremely hateful anti-Muslim environment. The delegation also discussed the Muslim community engagement with the media and the Government. He has agreed to join a zoom meeting to interact with the community on media and education subjects. In the previous tenure, Mr Javadekar was the Minister of HRD”.
As everybody knows that the Union health and family welfare ministry had provided Covid-19 patients with specifically mentioning the Markaz Nizamuddin and the so-called I&B advisory had no effect on the pro-BJP media which ran a venomous and virulent communal campaign on this health issue.
The note further stated “The delegation later called on Sh. Bhupendra Yadav, MP and Chairman, Parliamentary Select Committee, and also Chairman of Public Grievances Committee, Rajya Sabha. The delegation presented before him the concerns of the community and various issues faced by it from the sense of discrimination to injustice and insecurity and lack of adequate representation in Government. Specific issues related to CAA and UAPA were also discussed. He shared the concerns and promised to discuss them within the party and with the Home Ministry. Mr. Yadav is also the party general secretary”.
Reacting to the meeting, several members of the community questioned the credibility of the group saying they have no right to speak on behalf of the community. They pointed out that the group’s leader is a known face of BJP but he denies any link with the ruling party. Another member is a party-hopper and changed his political loyalty many times in the past in search of greener pasture. They said the community cannot be made a fool by such people who have no standing among the community people.
‘Who gave the mandate to these people to represent the Muslim community ? asks Professor M. Aslam, the former VC IGNOU.