‘Centre ignoring Muslim freedom fighters’

Jamiatul Ulema Hind (JUH) here on Saturday criticised the Centre for "ignoring" Muslims' contributions in India's freedom movements.

Speaking at a seminar on Maulana Mahmoodul Hasan of Deoband, who had planned an armed movement called "Reshmi Rumal movement" to oust the Britishers from India, JUH secretary general Maulana Mahmood Madani said it was necessary to create awareness among the young generation about how various communities including Muslims had collectively fought for the nation's independence.

Pointing out that the collective effort of Hindus and Muslims for independence was a "national asset", he said he had taken up the matter with the central government several times but there was no positive response from them.

"Now I have no hope that the government would do anything in highlighting the role of Muslims in freedom struggle," he said.

He further said his organisation planned to hold 100 seminars to commemorate the centenary of Reshmi Rumal movement in various parts of the country to remind the people how Hindus and Muslims together struggled in the freedom movement. Saturday's seminar here was the first in the series.

Paying tributes to Maulana Mahmoodul Hasan for his role in the movement, state Governor Kamla Beniwal said Maulana Hasan fully supported Gandhiji in the movement.

Prof Akhtarul Wasey from Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia University said the best tribute to Maulana would be to have a united front of all communities to face the new global attack on Indian culture and values from global trade and commerce. Gujarat Vidyapeeth vice-chancellor Sudarshan Iyengar said it was the spirituality in Maulana and his love of humanity that made him to sacrifice everything for India's freedom.

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