Muslims were once considered a trump card in the country’s politics, but after the 2014 elections, everything changed. When the BJP succeeded in mobilizing the Hindus divided on the basis of caste on the issue of Hindutva, the pro-Muslim politics reached the margins. The situation has become such that even the parties, who call themselves secular, are avoiding even taking their names, far from raising issues related to Muslims. The special thing is that now the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has intensified efforts to connect with the marginalized Muslim community from the political point of view. Recent developments seem to have been handled by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat himself. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat is visiting the Masjid-Madrasa, meeting the Imam-Maulnas and is also offering flowers and sheets at the tomb. With Muslim intellectuals and Ulemas, the Sangh chief is also meeting in Delhi and sometimes in Mumbai. Bhagwat’s Mosque-Mazar-Madrasa Visit Related News As part of the initiative to increase communication with the Muslim society, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Dr. Mohan Bhagwat visited the mosque, madrasa and tomb on Thursday. On the invitation of Umar Ahmed Ilyasi, the head of All India Imam Organization, Mohan Bhagwat reached a mosque located on Kasturba Gandhi Marg in Delhi and met all the clerics there. During this, the Sangh chief also offered flowers at the tomb of the late Maulana Dr. Jameel Ilyasi in the mosque. After this he reached Madrasa Tajbidul Quran located in Bada Hindurao of Old Delhi and interacted with the students. Sahasarkaryavah Dr. Krishnagopal, Akhil Bharatiya Sampark Pramukh Ramlal and Muslim Rashtriya Manch and Sangh’s senior campaigner Indresh Kumar were accompanying the Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat, who went to the mosque. All these leaders of the Sangh held talks with Maulana Umar Ilyasi for about an hour, in which emphasis was laid on increasing mutual dialogue between the Hindu-Muslim community and walking together for nation building. After this, Umar Ilyasi termed Mohan Bhagwat as ‘Father of the Nation’ and ‘Rishi of the Nation’. He said that Bhagwat’s visit to the mosque will send a good message to the country. Sangh chief’s meeting with Muslim intellectuals Earlier on August 22, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat met five intellectuals from the Muslim community in Delhi. These included former Delhi LG Najeeb Jung, former Chief Election Commissioner SY Qureshi, former AMU VC Jamiruddin Shah, former MP Shahid Siddiqui and businessman Saeed Sherwani. During this, the need to strengthen communal harmony and bridge the deepening gap between Hindus and Muslims was emphasized. The Sangh chief had said that communal harmony is necessary for the progress of the country and such meetings should continue. He advised Muslim scholars to get in touch with Krishna Gopal, Indresh Kumar and Ramlal. Former Chief Election Commissioner SY Qureshi had told that the Sangh chief had expressed concern over cow slaughter and kafir (a term used for non-Muslims) during the meeting. This time SY Qureshi said that we told Bhagwat that we also feel very sad when an Indian Muslim is called Pakistani or Jihadi. Qureshi said that we also kept this point that Muslims are constantly maligned. Especially about the population of the Muslim community and the practice of polygamy, there is false propaganda. Sangh chief’s meeting with Muslims in Mumbai Siddiqui and Hafiz Idrish Qureshi were involved. During this, the Sangh chief had said that sensible Muslim leaders should oppose unnecessary issues and stand firmly against the fundamentalists. The sooner we do this, the less harm will be done to our society. At the same time, Maulana Kalim said that India has always taught the world to love, so there is a need to take the message of love to the world. With this, those digging the gap of hatred and discrimination in the country will also get an answer. Bhagwat’s meeting with Muslim Ulemas Bhagwat has been holding meetings with Muslim Ulemas on different occasions. In September 2019, Mohan Bhagwat met Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, at the RSS office in Delhi. This meeting took place when the hearing of the Babri Masjid and Ram temple dispute was going on in the Supreme Court. During this, many issues were discussed between them including strengthening the unity between Hindus and Muslims and incidents of mob lynching. Arshad Madani’s meeting with Bhagwat was made by Ramlal of the Sangh. On July 4 last year, the RSS chief had given an intellectual message for two days to 75 office bearers of Rashtriya Muslim Manch gathered from across the country in Ghaziabad. During this, Bhagwat had said that the DNA of Hindus and Muslims is the same. Attempts to connect Hindu-Muslim have been going on for many years, but politics did not allow this to happen. Smart people need to understand this. We have to unite selflessly. Meaning of meeting between Sangh and Muslims Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat’s meetings and dialogues with Muslim religious leaders and intellectuals are not accidental. This is part of the Sangh’s key strategy, in which it is emphasizing on increasing dialogue with Muslims and Christians to ensure greater participation in nation building by removing religion-based misunderstandings, distances and communication gaps. Also, the identity of the organization can be strengthened at the international level. Terming Mohan Bhagwat’s meeting with Muslim intellectuals and Ulemas as a continuous dialogue process, the All India Prachar Pramukh of the Sangh, Sunil Ambekar said that the Sarsanghchalak keeps meeting the enlightened people of different societies. At the same time, Sangh Pracharak Indresh Kumar said that the Sangh chief has gone to a madrasa for the first time and interacted with the people. In this way, their meetings will continue to happen. Sudarshan started the process of meeting Muslims The process of meeting Muslims had started in the era of KS Sudarshan, the former Sarsanghchalak of the Sangh. Under the guidance of Sangh Pracharak Indresh, the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) was formed in the year 2002, which is run by the Muslims and works for the Muslims. In 2004, KS Sudarshan met top officials of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind at the Indian Habitat Center to establish better rapport with Muslims. Earlier, KS Sudarshan also met Maulana Dr. Jameel Ilyasi, father of Maulana Umar Ilyasi. Maulana Jameel Ilyasi was the President of Imam Organization at that time. Gyanvapi issue calmed down by Bhagwat’s statement A few days ago, politics had heated up regarding the Gyanvapi Masjid and Shivling controversy and questions were being raised about many mosques and Muslim religious places across the country. In such an environment, Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat had said that what is the need to find Shivling under every mosque. The Sangh chief had also said that we all have the same DNA. The Sangh chief had said that we will not do any agitation after Ram temple, but if issues are in our mind, then naturally they arise. If there is something like this, then sit together and solve the issue together. He said that Gyanvapi has its own history which we cannot change. It was neither built by today’s Hindus nor by today’s Muslims. It was only after this statement of the Sangh chief that the issue of Shivling in Gyanvapi had calmed down. However, on this reconciliation of the Sangh chief with the Muslims, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that the Muslims whom Mohan Bhagwat is meeting are the elite class of Muslims. They are not aware of the reality of society. The whole world knows the ideology of RSS and you go and meet them. They don’t know what is happening on the ground. He is leading a comfortable life and meets the RSS chief, but does not know the problem of Muslim society.
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