“It is written in Mahabharata that the ruler who claims to provide protection to his people but actually fails to do so should be punished out in the open”.
New Delhi: All India Muslim Advocates Conclave organized a meeting to address the ongoing socioeconomic issues and the challenges the Muslim community is subjected to in the current scenario on Monday in New Delhi.
Speaking in the meeting, Rajya Sabha MP Majid Menon expressed the strength of the constitution and the power it has vested its citizens with.
“The nation is a more powerful concept than the government. Governments come and go but the nation stays,” said MP Majid Memon.
Expressing his anger against the Government, Advocate Tufail Ahmed quoting sloka from the ancient book Mahabharata, said, “It is written in Mahabharata that the ruler who claims to provide protection to his people but actually fails to do so should be punished out in the open”.
The discussion soon turned towards the atrocities against the Muslim Community in the nation when Modi Government’s slogan “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas” came up during the discussion.
The meeting saw many Advocates expressing their anger against the rising lynchings of the community people throughout the nation.
One of noted Lawyer and also a Rajya Sabha Mp, Majeed Menon speaking of the lynching’s said “The incidents of mob lynching are not restricted to one community alone; Dalits and other backward castes are also being targeted. The lawyer community should fight their cases legally and become their voice. Beating someone after forced entry, forcefully checking the food items of a household based on mere suspicion, damaging property or killing someone is a crime.
Questioning the Government as to why no action has been taken against the perpetrators of these mob killings and referring to the first case of mob lynching, Memon said the perpetrator has not been punished till date.
The MP also cited an Urdu couplet, “Sher agar saamne aa jaye toh koi baat nahi, gaaye peeche se bhi guzar jaaye toh dar lagta hai (A tiger passing from the front is less scary than a cow passing from behind).”
The Maharashtra MP said, “We have to go a long way. We have to fight injustice in all spheres of life, so we can’t limit ourselves to just the issue of lynching. But we will take up every lynching case that comes up in the court”.
Menon expressing faith in the Indian Constitution, said, “See, the government and nation are two different things. The nation is a more powerful concept than the government. Governments come and go but the nation stays.”
“It is not the PM or, the President of India, who rule the country. It is the Constitution. So our duty is to uphold the values of the Constitution. We have to raise our voice against any injustice taking place in the country. We have to fight for human rights, humanity, particularly those rights that strive to bring minorities into the mainstream. We are not asking for any favours, we are not begging in front of anyone, not even the Prime Minister. We are just asking for the rights guaranteed to us by the Indian Constitution. If you can’t guarantee us those rights, we have the option to consider whether you are fit to continue ruling us” the MP added.