Hyderabad: Twenty-five leaders from Muslim communities all over India gathered in Hyderabad to take stock of the post-CAA situation in the country. They were clear that CAA is not a problem only for Muslims and that secular and educated Indians must be a part of the anti-CAA struggle.
The elders felt that if the country's people do not act promptly on the initiatives taken by the union government to divide the nation on a religious basis, India will witness a new order where citizens will be denied equal rights and status.
However, they expressed that it is a satisfactory sign that the student fraternity has come forward and take the responsibility of safeguarding the constitution and upholding the secular fabric of the country.
They were happy that students are now leading the movement against CAA, NRC and NPR. Though the union government is dividing the nation, it is great that the new generation is well aware of the nefarious designs of the fascist forces and are taking them on. We should extend our support to the agitating students, they said.
They resolved to hold a special session with constitutional experts and eminent lawyers to ascertain the legal aspects of the amendments carried out in the CAA and additional points added in NPR and their implications. They also decided to appeal to political parties against NRC and CAA to oppose the NPR as well. They emphasized that this struggle should not be converted into a movement of a particular community.
A meeting will be convened in New Delhi in the month of January with constitutional experts and eminent lawyers to understand the legal aspects of the CAA and proposed NPR and NRC and the prospects of the petitions filed in the Supreme Court challenging the amendments carried out in the CAA.
Prominent among those who attended the meeting were Moulana Syed Arshad Madani, president of Jamiat Ulema Hind, Moulana Abul Qasim Nomani, vice chancellor, Darul Uloom Deoband (Waqf), Moulana Mahmood Madani, general secretary, Jamiat Ulema Hind, Moulana Gulam Mohammed Vastanvi, former vice chancellor, Darul Uloom Deoband, Moulana Siddiqullah Chowdhury, minister. West Bengal, Moulana Shabbir Nadwi (Bengaluru), Moulana Shah Jamal ur Rahman, president, Khatm e Nabuwat, Telangana and AP, Moulana Hafiz Peer Shabbir Ahmed and Moulana Mufti Gayasuddin Rahmani.