Delhi, 10th August 2022: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants to make every effort to win the hearts of Pasmanda Muslims. In the recent meeting of the BJP’s national executive in Hyderabad, Prime Minister Modi had given a clear message to the party leaders that they should merge the backward and downtrodden of every community with them. Meanwhile, the Rashtriya Ulema Council has demanded reservations for Pasmanda Muslims in government jobs.
After the Batla House encounter in Jamia Nagar, Delhi, an organization named Rashtriya Ulema Council was formed in Azamgarh. It was formed as a protest group over alleged discrimination against the people of eastern Uttar Pradesh, lack of education, and lack of job opportunities. Many leaders and intellectuals of the Muslim community were included in this. However, later it became a political party.
Pasmanda is a Persian word that means ‘the people left behind’ or ‘persecuted.’ The Pasmanda movement started about 100 years ago. After this, two big organizations were formed in the 90s. The first was India United Muslim Morcha, and the second was All India Pasmanda Muslim. Both these organizations advocate Pasmanda Muslims, but religious leaders do not accept them. Anwar Ansari, the founder of All India Pasmanda Muslim Mahaj, wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Modi. He had criticized the BJP’s stand for the Pasmanda Muslims. Apart from this, he had demanded that a dozen castes coming under OBC should be given the status of Scheduled Castes. Apart from this, he also advocated a caste census, which has already been rejected by the central government.
Speaking on Hindutva, Mohan Bhagwat has also said many times that the DNA of Indians is the same. Apart from this, the controversial Ghar Wapsi program of RSS is also not in discussion now. In such a situation, it can be said that the right-wing organizations are also feeling the need for the support of backward Muslims for further politics in India.