RSS stand contradictory to Indian constitution: Soz

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Asks AIMPLB to approach Apex Court for protection of Muslim community

SRINAGAR:  Accusing Hindu organization Rashtriya Swaymek Sangh (RSS) of bringing disrepute to the Indian Constitution, former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Prof Saif-u-Din Soz Monday  said that sectarian policies pursued by communal elements has posed a serious threat to the ‘unity and integrity’ of India.

Addressing a news conference at his Humhama residence, Soz expressed deep anxiety and anguish on the RSS organ Panch Jania editorially stating that the injunction in the Vedas regarding the protection of cows has to be adopted compulsorily by India and also justifies the killing of those who violate the Vedic instructions. “India has its constitution that believes in equality and freedom. It is sad and worrisome to see, people in India looking at Veda’s instead of the Constitution,” Soz said.

“I am afraid that this stand of the RSS is directly repugnant to the provisions of the Indian constitution which enshrines the statute declaring all citizens of India equal before the law with complete freedom to believe and propagate their religion as a fundamental right,” he said adding that it is really unfortunate for India that the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has been in the forefront of the sectarian movement promoting Hindutva philosophy rather aggressively.

Soz said that the it is unfortunate that the RSS has adopted a posture promoting sectarian and parochial social attitude, detrimental to the unity and integrity of India.

He said that he has already written to All India Muslim Personal Law Board to approach the Apex Court for ensuring the protection of personal laws of the Muslim community. “I also talked to Mawlana Wali Rehmani of Patna and Zaffaryab Jeelani of Lucknow and impressed upon them that this is not the time to hold meetings in closed-door rooms and not take recourse to invoking the provisions of the constitution of India,” he said.

Soz said that he salutes to those illustrious personalities who have returned their awards against a growing atmosphere of intolerance in India. 

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