Dalit Muslim leaders urge Baba Ramdev to lead their fight




By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,

New Delhi: Claiming that political Ulema and upper caste Muslims never supported their movement, Dalit Muslim leaders metaphorically with folded hands today urged Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev to take up their case and lead the fight for Dalit Muslim reservation.

“We are not free, we are not getting justice. We want you to bring us in mainstream, we want you to fight for our right,” said Dr Ejaz Ali, National President, All India United Muslim Morcha, pointing to Baba Ramdev who was sitting on the stage at a conference organized by the morcha at India Islamic Cultural Centre on Saturday.


Baba Ramdev addressing the conference for Dalit Muslim reservation on 12th May 2012 at India Islamic Cultural Centre in New Delhi

Praising the leadership quality of Baba Ramdev, Dr. Ejaz, former Rajya Sabha MP said: “We have followed and supported everyone in Bihar, UP and at the Centre for last 50 years, but they all have betrayed us. We see a leadership quality in you. We think the way you have honestly utilized god-gifted quality to solve a problem of the people, we hope you will take up our case.”

Pleading Baba for help, Anis Mansoori, a Dalit Muslim leader from UP, said: “Political Ulema and upper caste Muslims are responsible for the situation common Muslims find themselves in today. These Muslims have not supported our demand for SC status to Dalit Muslims. Baba we have great hope from you, you will help us.”


Former MP Dr Ejaz Ali, National President, All India United Muslim Morcha, talking something important to Baba Ramdev

From 1936 to 1950 Dalit Muslims got reservation like Dalit Hindus but in 1950 amendment through a presidential order was made in Article 341 excluding Muslims from the reservation, he said.

Former Lok Sabha MP Ilyas Azmi asked Muslims to support the movement of Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare. He recalled how he convinced Muslim Majlis in 1975 to support the movement of Jai Prakash Narayan. He said whoever does good work Muslims should support them, whether they are RSS or BJP. He even said Muslims had wholeheartedly supported Janata Party (which later became Bharatiya Janata Party) in the elections held soon after the emergency was lifted in 1977.


Former MP Ilyas Azmi speaking

Baba Ramdev did not disappoint the Dalit Muslim leaders, nor the audience overwhelmingly comprising Muslims. First he began his speech by offering Salam to the audience, and in response receiving clapping. He said recently he had addressed a Muslim audience in Lucknow and had started his speech with Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem. This time the clapping was louder.

While clearly supporting the Dalit Muslim reservation issue, he categorically denied he has any political ambition.

“Our religious books whether it is Ved, Geeta, Puran or Quran all talk about justice. They term injustice as against religion. Injustice has no religion, whether it is done with Hindus, Muslims, Sikh or Christians. All who believe in justice should oppose discrimination in Article 341. Dalit is dalit whether he is Hindu or Muslim,” said Yoga Guru who for last one year has been leading campaign against corruption and to bring back black money.

He said he had no idea until recently that there is discrimination in quota for Dalits. “We had no idea there would be discrimination, we thought dalit is dalit and everyone will be getting quota, we came to know from Dr Ejaz Ali that Muslim Dalit and Christian Dalit are not getting quota like Hindu and Sikh Dalits.”


A copy of Quran (with translation in Hindi) was offered to Baba Ramdev

Then he clearly said he is ready to take up the fight for Dalit Muslim reservation. He said if maulanas have not helped Dalit Muslim leaders, he will help them.

“If maualanas and ulema have not fought your battle, we Babas are ready to fight for you now. If maulanas have bent before politicians, then this baba will face all odds and fight for you,” said Baba Ramdev.

He, however, said the main fight is against corruption and black money.

“Our fight may start from here, but our main target is corruption and the black money,” he said.

(TCN Photos)

Comments

Has Baba taken permission from his Masters

Has Baba taken permission from his Masters before taking up such issues. RSS and BJP will never allow this injustice to be reversed. Article 341 is clear case of discrimination on the basis of religion.

Dalit Muslims are doing the wrong thing out of frustration

Dalit Muslims is a wrong terminology. Once the Dalits decide to become Muslims they should be ready to swim or sink with other Indian Muslims regardless of their present economic and social status, regardless of their present disadvantages. Let them not change their faith if Islamic monotheism takes a back seat and Govt.reservations take the more prominent place. It is a fight between Dunia and Akhirat

How will Islam destroy the Hindu based caste if the Dalits are going to remain as Dalits for hundreds of years.

Once they accept this principle, Allah SWT will give them Baraka for their firmness in Islam.

Take for instance the present situation of Tamil Muslims, may be 70% of them were Dalit converts, but I challenge anybody to prove who the Dalits and who the upper caste are right now. How we eliminated the castes. My family has been Muslim for the past 500 years, but I have no idea of my forefathers caste.

Islam had effectively destroyed castes in South India.

Anyone looking at the skin colour and physical features of Dravidian Muslims know that over a period of centuries, tremendous inter-caste marriages among the converts have made total assimilation possible and desirable.

But the Hindu converts to Christianity still proudly maintains their castes and add their caste names after their names.

We have names like Margaret Mudaliar, Jacob Damodaran, Xavier Jaganath and so on.

In many village Churches, even today, Dalit Christians are segregated. They occupy a separate benches.

Anyone who does sincere research on the teachings of E.V.R Periyar and Dr. B. R. Ambedkar knew that for the simple reason that only real Islam is capable of rooting out caste differences, they advised particularly Adidravidas and Shudras to get converted to Islam in order to raise their social status.

Some critics argue that the Indian ( Dravidian) converts to Islam were all once Harijans ( Dalits and untouchables). Even accepting that assumption, for the sake of argument, it makes little sense.

Because look at the social status, the economic progress and recognised respect that the Dravidian Muslims get in the society compared to their Dalit ( Harijan ) brothers who have been living as namkevaste Hindus.

But does the origin of a convert have any weight in the sight of GOD? Which religion allowed the slaves to have a dynasty of their own ( Read Indian history please).

After all Islam’s holy scripture is the only Book that emphatically state as follows; Quote: “We have created you into nations, clans and tribes so that you recognise each other. In the sight of God, the one closest to God are the ones who are righteous.

Islam had effectively destroyed castes in South India.

Anyone looking at the skin colour and physical features of Dravidian Muslims know that over a period of centuries, tremendous inter-caste marriages among the converts have made total assimilation possible and desirable.

But the Hindu converts to Christianity still proudly maintains their castes and add their caste names after their names.

We have names like Margaret Mudaliar, Jacob Damodaran, Xavier Jaganath and so on.

In many village Churches, even today, Dalit Christians are segregated. They occupy a separate benches.

Anyone who does sincere research on the teachings of E.V.R Periyar and Dr. B. R. Ambedkar knew that for the simple reason that only real Islam is capable of rooting out caste differences, they advised particularly Adidravidas and Shudras to get converted to Islam in order to raise their social status.

Some critics argue that the Indian ( Dravidian) converts to Islam were all once Harijans ( Dalits and untouchables). Even accepting that assumption, for the sake of argument, it makes little sense.

Because look at the social status, the economic progress and recognised respect that the Dravidian Muslims get in the society compared to their Dalit ( Harijan ) brothers who have been living as namkevaste Hindus.

But does the origin of a convert have any weight in the sight of GOD? Which religion allowed the slaves to have a dynasty of their own ( Read Indian history please).

After all Islam’s holy scripture is the only Book that emphatically state as follows; Quote: “We have created you into nations, clans and tribes so that you recognise each other. In the sight of God, the one closest to God are the ones who are righteous.

Good sincere and detailed

Good sincere and detailed research done by Mr.PA Mohamad Ameen. May Allah give more strength. Just see how less systematic our way works, it is a plus and has a minus points. Once a person convert to Muslim, then he has to see and deal the world around him alone and solve it. Whereas in Christainity, he is helped by a job, given a chair and table, nicely handled by the Church, school, hospital and other monitors too. What more a person wants. To me, I still love and (if again reborned, joke) I love to be with my mistaken and bad named given community. They are straight, loving, not for sale and Allah fearing.
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The Dalits have been

The Dalits have been oppressed for so long and this new exclusion from the reservation really manifests the kind of discrimination that they are experiencing.

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