The president Jamaitul Ulema-e-Hind Maulana Syed Arshad Madni warned those who are at the helm of affairs that some communal forces were making hectic efforts to divide the people of the country on the basis of religion and this anti-national attempt will push the country towards another division. The warning was issued by him when he was addressing a mammoth meeting in Hyderabad on April 8. The meeting was organized by Jamaitul Ulema-e-Hind Telangana State and AP on national integration. Maulana said Jamaitul Ulema contributed a lot in the freedom struggle of the country and it was this organization which projected Mahatma Gandhi as a national leader when it arranged Mahatma’s tour throughout the country. He condemned the Sangh Parivar’s efforts to make the country Hindu Rashtra and asked Muslims to strengthen secular forces.
Dr Ram Penani, a prominent historian, said the government was trying to change the history of the country. Hindu rajas and Muslim kings were not at all interested to spread their religions and there were no communal feelings in them. Communal feelings were spread by the British regime and now the RSS was inciting religious feelings. He said among 18 bodyguards of Shivaji Maharaj, 12 were Muslims.
Deputy Chief Minister Telangana State Mohammad Mahmood Ali said his government was in the forefront to reinforce national integration. There is communal harmony throughout the state. The Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao, is taking up welfare schemes irrespective of caste, creed and religion.
Hyderabad MP and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslemeen president Assaduddin Owaisi said Muslims in India wanted freedom to practice their religious rites and no effort should made to interfere into Muslim Personal Law. He reminded people the famous speech of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad before independence in which he said he preferred Hindu-Muslim unity to freedom of the country. Congress leader Mohammad Ali Shabbir, Amir Jamate Islami Telangana Hamid Mohammad Khan and others also spoke.