For over eight decades, RSS has been working for empowering India with a
nationalist agenda despite all the calumny against it. A fresh example of
the same has appeared with reference to Kashmir. Some would know that
Indresh Kumar, a senior RSS functionary, who’s been with the RSS since
1959, had founded Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), an organisation of
nationalist Muslims with a motive to bring Muslims in national mainstream.
Indresh Kumar, who graduated with highest honours from Punjab Engineering
College in Mechanical Engineering, didn’t take up a job to serve the
nation. MRM has been the result of his tireless efforts and commitment
towards the nation. However, his efforts and accomplishments were never
reported by the mainstream media. If at all they were reported, that was in
a demeaning manner. MRM had in the past collected the signatures of *a
million muslims to oppose cow-slaughter. But terrified of the growing
influence of an RSS functionary among Muslims*, Congress led government
tried to frame him in the Mecca Mosque blast case and used the CBI for the
same. This all notwithstanding, MRM’s activities went on and on, and now,
the results are showing bright and beautiful.
“Scrap Article 370, ensure employment to Kashmiri youths, retrieve areas
forcefully occupied by Pakistan and China in Kashmir”. These are not the
demands voiced by Hindu organizations or it’s leaders. These demands were
raised publically and in unison by the Muslims of India on Sunday, *December
18, 2011 at Jantar-Mantar* in New Delhi.
The occasion was culmination of “Hum Hindustani-Kashmir Hindustan Ka”, a
unique campaign launched some three months ago by Muslim Rashtriya Manch
(MRM), an organization of nationalist Muslims of India. During the
three-month campaign the MRM activists conducted prayers in mosques,
convened seminars and meetings all over the country. The campaign concluded
at New Delhi on December 18 in which nearly 10,000 Muslims drawn from 23
states and 175 districts of India participated braving the chilling cold
and dense fog to raise these demands.
Initiating the discussion Mohd Farooq from Srinagar categorically stated
that the Article 370 was the main problem of Jammu and Kashmir. This
article should be removed. Even the common people were in favor of its
removal, he stated. He also blamed Sheikh Abdulla and Pt. Nehru for the
problems of Kashmir. Mushtaq Ahmed Pir from Baramulla expressed that
politics would not solve the problems of the people of Kashmir neither the
problems would be redressed by raising the tricolor in Lal Chowk. A
different approach needed to resolve and redress the issues blocking
progress of the state.
Bashir Ahmed, who started his speech with ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ stated
demanded voting right for the refugees residing in Kashmir for the past six
decades. *Engineer Gulam Ali, who came from Bakkarwal community, blamed
Sheikh Abdullah and Pt. Nehru for the present state of affairs in J & K.* He
said that the political leaders conspired against the Muslims of Jammu and
heaped injustices against them. *Demanding scrapping of Article**370, he
added that this article helped only a handful of political leaders in the
state. It has not done any good to the common masses, he added.* Gulam Ali
also demanded action on two resolutions adopted by the Parliament with
regard to taking back the Indian territories forcefully occupied by
Pakistan and China.
Halima, a sister from Kashmir called for steps to improve the economic
condition of the common people in the state. Nazir Mir, who lost three of
his brothers in terrorist violence said that political parties had been
playing with the sentiments of the people. Denouncing the demand for
‘azadi’ Mir asked *“who want ‘azadi’ when we are alre**ady ‘azad’*? He
said that we were associated with the Muslim Rashtriya Manch and would
Mufti maulana Abdus Saami voiced similar sentiments regarding Article 370.
He said that this constitutional provision was solely responsible the
problems of the state. Stalwarts like Maulana Hasrat Mohani, Dr Babasaheb
Ambedkar, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai had opposed the inclusion of Article 370. But
Pt Nehru insisted on its inclusion and in the following years political
parties were using this provision for playing their political game. He
praised the MRM for raising the issues related to border security for the
first time. He assured that the Muslims in India would associated with the
MRM and work under the guidance from Sri Indresh Kumar.
President of Jamat-e-Hind said that this program was organized to insure
progress of the nation. The situation in our border regions was serious
even after sixty years of independence. *The MRM was the first Muslim
organization to raise the issue of border security.* Abbas Ali Bohra from
Bangalore said that Muslims in south India were in solidarity with the
nationalist Muslims of J & K. He urged the Muslims to unite under the
banner of the MRM and give a befitting reply to those anti-national forces
active in the Kashmir Valley.
Dr Salim Raj, Chairman of Haj Commmittee, Chhattisgarh said that Muslims
were always patriotic in nature. He blamed the Congress for defaming the
Muslims. Tanveer Ahmed, President of BJP Minority Morcha reminded the
people the history of Kashmir problem. He said that the accession of
Kashmir with India was ‘full and final’ when the Maharaja Hari Singh signed
the “Instrument of Accession” on 26th October 1947. The problem of Kashmir
was created by Pt Nehru when he declared one-sided ceasefire and took the
issue to the UN. Quoting Rafi Ahmed Kidwai he said that Pt Nehru and his
Congress were responsible for distorting the culture of Kashmir. He
demanded implementation on Parliament resolutions.
*Imran Ismail, Corporator from New Delhi It was Indresh Kumar, who stepped
forward for helping the widows of Kashmir on whose appeal he took* *724
sewing machines to Kashmir. Similarly during the earth quake, again it was
Indresh Kumar who took initiative to organize help to Kashmiri victims. Not
a single Muslims leader came forward to help the Muslims in Kashmir,* Ismail
said raising questions over attempts to bracket Indresh Kumar in terrorist
activities. He blamed the political leaders for misleading Muslims
regarding RSS and Hindu organizations and its leaders like Indresh Kumar.
These parties and leaders have created an atmosphere of doubt about the
Muslims also, he said and added that this needed to be removed once again.