Popular Front of India hosted the “Dalit-Muslim Dialogue” at Indian Social Institute, Bangalore on 12th October 2019. The programme was attended by the leaders of Popular Front and prominent Dalit leaders, thinkers, intellectuals and journalists. The general secretary, Popular Front Mohammed Ali Jinnah presented the welcome speech which was followed by inaugural speech by prominent dalit leader VT Rajshekar. The discussion paper was presented by Anis Ahmed, Secretary Popular Front. EM Abdul Rahiman, NEC Member, Popular Front of India moderated the discussion.
The delegates present in the Muslim-Dalit Dialogue passed the following resolutions:
Build Grass root level alliance between Dalits and Muslims
The Dalit-Muslim Dialogue has concluded that Muslims and Dalits face the similar social, economic and political problem. The threats and challenges faced by both the communities are also very similar hence there should be a united effort to face the current challenges and uplift both the communities. The session also observed that any alliance between both the communities should not be limited to the leaders but reach to grass-root level. Such a grass-root level unity will need leaders of both the community to conduct such dialogues at local level to engage masses of both the communities. The delegates resolve to take necessary steps to build and strengthen bridges between the communities for a long term goal.
Develop coordination for intervention in issues
The delegates of the Dalit-Muslim Dialogue observed that the situation in the country is worsening due to the politics of hate and violence. There are numerous reports of violence against Dalits and Muslims. There must be coordination between both the communities so that both can play a role in protecting the constitutional rights of each other. The delegates resolved that Dalits and Muslims organizations and leaders should take up issues related to each other by building better coordination.