Since its inception this socio-religious organisation Jamaat-e-Islami has never had an underground or subversive agenda.It has been managing and running every activity constitutionally and as per the law of the land.Nobody never has found it involved in any unlawful activity.Its prime and prior objective has been to foster unity, love and brotherhood among humans indiscriminately through eternal Islamic teachings.It has never indulged in hate mongering and has always stood against it.It has been serving humanity through physical, social and intellectual generosity irrespective of caste,creed,colour and community.It has been a cadre based and disciplined organisation with a devoted,dedicated and down to earth human resource.
Jamaat has played a key and catalytic role in enlightening the society with education,ethics and etiquettes with nominal material resources at its disposal. Even today every rank and file has an access to the schools running under FAT which teach the books prescribed by NCERT. These schools charge a nominal fee afforded by all and sundry. Jamaat has never claimed to have any affiliation with any underground outfit. It is carrying out its programmes in a plain, transparent and peaceful manner.
Now why Jamaat has been targetted this time is because of an extremist dispensation at the centre achieving its objectives through its direct rule in the state for the past quarter a year. One more aim of victimising Jamaat is to drag it to electoral politics as the elections were round the corner.The intimidation of its activists is aimed at forcing them to subscribe to the poll exercise to encourage the other voices of dissent to follow the Jamaat cadres to sing the electoral chorus.The voices of dissent continue to be muzzled,suffocated and strangulated to promote the the narrative of monopoly and despotism.These undemocratic and unethical tactics have proved counterproductive and had have a backlash in the past and will do so in future also.
They say democracy is about dialogue. Convince others and get convinced.You can never build a strong character by taking away man’s initiative and independence. The rulers must bear in mind that democracy is a barter-it gives authority but take responsibility. You can never cure a disease by merely treating its symptoms.Yes you can experience a momentary relief but will not be liberated of the disease untill you adress its root cause.The democracy of India has been been served to Kashmiris with a dichotmous dimension.It has been administered with unbalanced dozes to Indians and Kashmiris though the balance.See the recent wave of violence and persecution against Kashmiris in Jammu and the other parts of India- the protesters were dealt with an entirely different yardstick as compared to Kashmir where even the normal and light protests are reciporocated with pellets, pavas,bullets and bombs because they know here they are equipped with a license to kill.This impunity has emboldened the forces to do whatever they want as per their will and convenience.
Tawfeeq Irshad Mir