RSS leaders meet Muslim intellectuals for the second time | India News

NEW DELHI: In an important development, seniors RSS The leaders met at the residence of former Delhi Governor Najeeb Jung as a follow-up activity to reach out to members of the Muslim community. Several issues including hate speech, mob behavior, bulldozer politics and temples in Mathura and Kashi were discussed in the caucus.
RSS Director Mohan Bhagwat met five prominent Muslims for the first time on August 22 last year.
On January 14, RSS leaders Indresh Kumar, Ram Lal and Krishna Gopal – authorized by Bhagwat to continue the dialogue – met Jung, the former election commissioner SY Quraishijournalist Shahid Siddiqui and hotel owner Saeed Sherwani. Lieutenant-General (retd) Zameeruddin ShahBhagwat meeting participants, not present.
The meeting was also important as it included Islamic scholars from Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind and Darul Uloom Deoband. Religious leaders also met Jung and other prominent Muslims, a day earlier on January 13, at Siddiqui’s home, to make a list of points of discussion.
Confirming the meeting, Siddiqui told TOI, “We had another informal meeting to discuss the polarization and marginalization of the Muslim community. We hope to see each other again in different cities.” Laeek Ahmed, Assistant country secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JEIH) also confirmed the meeting, saying, “Our representative was present. The issue of hate speech has been raised and RSS leaders agree that it gives India a bad reputation in the international arena.
Jung and company brought up the matter of Bhagwat’s recent interview with Panchajanya and the Organizer. The RSS head’s comments about Hindus being “at war for over a thousand years” and Muslims’ need to give up the “argument of supremacy,” led to a political storm. However, during the January 14 meeting, RSS leaders sought to downplay the comment, saying that the interview – originally in Hindi – had not been translated and the context was appropriate. The leader, apparently read out parts in Hindi.
The most surprising discussion during the caucus was the suggestion from the RSS that the Muslim community considered the handover of the mosques in Kashi and Mathura a “gesture of goodwill”.
Confirm this, Malik Mohtasim Khan, National Secretary, JEIH, who attended the meeting in January at Jung’s residence, said, “They put Mathura and Kashi in the context of Babri Masjid and we reminded them of the trials. We also asked them, would you stop at three (Babri, Kashi and Mathura) and they said they can’t guarantee anything.”
The nearly three-hour meeting ended with the prospect of outreach through meetings in other cities.


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