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Outside Muslims cornering livelihood opportunities in Uttarakhand: RSS leader Indresh

Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar alleged on Sunday that Muslims from neigbouring states settling in Uttarakhand are capturing livelihood opportunities meant for the locals, which has triggered forced migration from the mountain state.

dehradun Updated: Jun 03, 2018 21:54 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand,Outside Muslims,Livelihood
RSS leader Indresh Kumar Singh said forced migration induced by outsiders would stop in Uttarakhand if the distinct culture of Dev Bhumi remains strong.(HT Photo)

Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar alleged on Sunday that Muslims from neigbouring states settling in Uttarakhand are capturing livelihood opportunities meant for the locals, which has triggered forced migration from the mountain state.

“This kind of in migration is also affecting the distinct cultural identity of Dev Bhumi (Land of Gods) Uttarakahnd is known as,” Kumar said on the sidelines of a seminar. “There are also incidents of Christians (migrating from neighbouring states) carrying out forced conversion (of Hindus) in the hill state.”

Kumar said forced migration induced by outsiders must stop. “Such a process can only be stopped if the distinct culture of Dev Bhumi remains strong,” said the RSS ideologue who is also margdarshak (guide) of the Rashtriya Muslim Manch (Muslim National Forum), a wing of the Sangh Parivar.

Dev Bhumi, he said, will remain strong provided the purity and virtuousness of its inherent culture remains intact. “More than the state government the people should play a role (to ensure that outsiders do not capture the livelihood opportunities meant for the locals),” Kumar said, suggesting that such a situation will only come when dignity of labour is realised and no job is considered menial.

“Such labour-intensive jobs should also be treated with as much respect as white collar jobs or businesses,” he said.

“Mind your language…I am not objecting to that,” Kumar retorted when asked how in a democratic country outsiders could be stopped from taking up jobs in Uttarakahand when the locals also travel to different states in search of employment. “I agree that people travel to different states and countries in search of employment,” he said, clarifying that people should not spoil the culture of a place, state or country they visit to seek employment.

“The question you are asking me you will not ask those handful of Muslims who wave Pakistani flags and raise slogans hailing that country,” Kumar said, adding that such incidents occur in states, such as Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. “I am raising the issue because I have the courage to raise it.”

Kumar argued that there is no agency to show Muslims the right path. “There is no interaction or dialogue with them,” he said, clarifying that his allegation was not against the Muslim community. “My allegation is against a few elements in that (Muslim) community,” Kumar said. “If such elements are controlled, the country will be secure…so will the Muslims and other citizens.”

He said Muslims and Christians are sometimes heard saying that they feel threatened in India. “Such an impression is wrong,” Kumar said, adding Ramzan celebration in India remained incident free. Pakistan, he asserted, has proved that it is inimical to Islam so are the separatist elements in Kashmir who indulged in violence during Ramzan, pelting stones at army jawans.

“On the other hand, they (army) are bearing so much hardships and are making so many sacrifices…They have proved that if Muslims are safe they are safe in India only,” Kumar said, adding they are not safe even in Muslim countries.

“They (Indian Muslims) must understand that their ancestors were Indians,” he said. “So, they should be loyal to the country and its ancestors.” Kumar added: “They (Indian Muslims) should see Lord Ram in Khuda (God) and Khuda in Lord Ram.”

Include terrorism threat as a compulsory subject in schools: Top cop

Terrorism as a threat to internal security should be included as a subject in schools up to the higher secondary level to raise awareness among the people, said Ashok Kumar, additional director general of police (law & order).

“Terrorism and the threat it poses to the internal security is a very critical issue. All schools up to the secondary level should include that issue in their syllabi,” he said at a seminar on ‘National Security in Context of Uttarakhand’ held here on Sunday.

The seminar was organsied by FANS (Forum for Awareness of National Security), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh.

The senior official suggested that the subject of the threat to internal security from terrorism should be taught as a compulsory subject in schools. “It should be as compulsory for students as the military service, which is mandatory for the youths in Israel, which is also a victim of terrorism like India,” Kumar said. The official though attributed the problem of Pakistan-supported terrorism in India to the unresolved Kashmir issue.

“It has been a critical issue as it remained unresolved during the Partition that coincided with India’s Independence,” he said, adding the problem of insurgency in the Northeastern states had almost been resolved. “It has been resolved because the physical isolation of that part of India has been addressed owing to development in that hilly region and communication facilities it has got over the years.”

First Published: Jun 03, 2018 21:54 IST