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Minorities’ plight in focus

Ranchi, Aug. 16: A band of social activists have come together to organise an awami (people) convention in the capital on August 24 to discuss education, employment, development and security of the minority communities.

Secretary of the organising committee Nadeem Khan said that the Sachar Committee report had highlighted the plight of the Muslims but the government had failed to initiate any important step to address those issues effectively. The meet would focus on those problems to draw public attention, Khan added, explaining the reason behind organising the convention.

CPM politburo member Brinda Karat and Rihayee Manch (Uttar Pradesh) spokesperson Shahnawaz Alam, among others, will address the conference to be held at the auditorium of Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS). Also, civil rights activist Teesta Setlavad will inaugurate the event, which will be attended by about 300 delegates from across the state.

“Poverty, hunger, unemployment and inequality are still dogging the society. There is a need to mobilisation mass support on these issues,” pointed out economist Ramesh Sharan, the president of the organising committee.

Sharan further said India was a secular country but the disturbing trend of communalisation of politics and polarisation of the people was a cause for concern. “Like others, members of the community also had fought for the freedom and laid down their lives for the country, they have also contributed to its development. To remind people of their contributions, we have planned to dedicate the venue and the stage to freedom fighters and martyrs like Asfaqullah Khan, Hasrat Mohani and Sheikh Bhikari,” he added.

Ratan Tirkey, spokesperson of Jharkhand Atankvad Birodhi Committee, said a large segment of the people belonging to the minority communities was living in a pathetic socio-economic condition.

“There are constitutional provisions to safeguard their interests, yet they are deprived of basic facilities. The people of the minority groups also play an important role, in someway or the other, in development but they are not getting the benefits. If it continues, they would soon lose faith in the system,” he added.

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