Published On:24 November 2011
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Social Justice Conf. to be platform to express solidarity with people’s struggle for equity & justice: PFI Chairman Abdul Rahiman

By Pervez Bari

New Delhi: The Social Justice Conference (SJC) organised by the Popular Front of India (PFI), which will be held as scheduled on November 26th and 27th at Ramlila Maidan here will be a platform for intellectuals, activists and community leaders to express solidarity with people’s struggle for equity and justice.

Addressing a crowded Press conference here on Wednesday at the Constitutional Club PFI chairman E.M. Abdul Rahiman said the purpose of this historic conference is to highlight the issue of social justice and make the people at large realize the need for democratic struggle for the establishment of justice as envisioned by the founding fathers of the Indian Republic.

“Today our country is facing serious threats like rampant corruption, communal fascism, imperialism, atrocities against Dalits and Minorities, farmer suicides and violation of Human Rights. There is an urgent need to mobilize people and make them engage in the struggle for social justice”, Mr. Rahiman emphasised.

Replying to a question Mr. Rahiman said, with oblique reference to Anna Hazare’s Campaign Against Corruption, PFI appreciates the recent campaign against corruption but has three reservations about this. Firstly people in the forefront of such campaigns should themselves be free from corruption. Secondly, the campaign was silent on the issue of corporate corruption and thirdly RSS known for its fascist and communal tendencies was behind the curtain of this campaign, he opined. “Communalism is the worst form of corruption”, he remarked.

He told a questioner that PFI is neither a terrorist or extremist organization but a neo-social movement. It came into existence five years back with the merger of state level social organizations of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka’ he added.

K.M. Shareef (General Secretary, PFI), Mohammed Ali Jinnah (General Convener, SJC Organizing Committee), Muhammed Shafi (Convener, SJC Organising Committee) and Anis Ahmed (Media Relations In charge, SJC Organizing Committee) were also present at the conference.

Meanwhile, the arrangements for the Conference are almost completed and the delegates attending the conference have already started arriving Delhi. A mammoth gathering is expected on the final day of the conference.

K.M. Shareef, General Secretary PFI, informed that the conference will formally begin with flag hoisting by Popular Front chairman Mr. Abdul Rahiman on November 26th at 9.30 a.m. The conference will have two seminars on November 26th November and a grand Public Meeting on November 27th.

On the first day there will be a National Milli Convention on the theme "Together for Empowerment: Dialogue with Future" which will be inaugurated by Dr. Mufti Muhammed Mukarram Ahmed (Shahi Imam, Masjid Fatehpuri, Delhi) at 10 a. m. Among the speakers in this convention are Kamal Farooqui, Adv. Zafaryab Jilani, Shoaib Iqbal, Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan, Dr. Arshi Khan, A. Sayeed, Hafiz Manzoor Ali Khan and others.

A National Seminar on the theme "People’s Right to Justice" will begin at 2 p.m. on the same day. Prominent activists, to name a few Prof. S.A.R Geelani, Ms. Kavitha Srivastava, Dr. Udit Raj, Dr. Shams-u-Islam, Suresh Khairnar and few others will be presenting papers on various topics.

On the second day the Grand Public Meeting will begin at 1 p.m. at Ramlila Maidan and continue till 4.30 pm. The public meeting will be presided over by Popular Front chairman and addressed by eminent personalities like Mulayam Singh Yadav, Ram Vilas Paswan, Oscar Fernandes, Aziz Burney, Syed Shahabuddin, Moulana Mohammed Asar-ul-Haque Qasmi, Moulana Muhammed Wali Rahmani, Mahant Acharya Satyendra Das Maharaj, E. Abubacker and many others.

Meanwhile, to put across the message of the conference and to give wider publicity to the historic programme various theater groups and mobile video units have visited different parts of the national capital. The publicity campaign in various parts of the country has underlined the urgent need for non-sectarian efforts to address the real issues and challenges facing the country. The seminars, conventions and street corner meetings in different states have received overwhelming response from the masses.

Simultaneously the Popular Front is also organizing an innovative exhibition "Naya Kadam" at the conference venue. The exhibition is expected to showcase the strides being made by the marginalized communities of India. It will open at 3 p.m. on November 25th (Friday) and will be through until 9 pm on November 27th. On Saturday evening, teams from different states will present variety cultural programmes depicting the rich cultural heritage of the country.

It may be mentioned here that Popular front of India, which is a neo-social movement, had previously organized mammoth conferences like Empower India Conference in 2007 at Bangalore and National Political Conference in 2009 at Calicut. These two conferences were seminal events in the history of long drawn out struggle for the protection of the rights and values enshrined in the Indian Constitution.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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