Referring to the promise and advice given by RSS leaders in their meeting with a group of Muslims, reportedly initiated by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Popular Front of India General Secretary M Mohammed Ali Jinnah has stated that RSS cannot win the trust of religious minorities unless they withdraw their basic ideological documents and apologise for their historic wrongs. He also stated that RSS has no moral right to remind Indian Muslims about communal harmony and respect for judiciary because the community does not carry a history of going against national interest.
The RSS leaders have repeatedly asked Muslims to accept the outcome of the Supreme Court verdict in Babri Masjid case and to maintain peace and harmony. While Popular Front strongly believe that any efforts for peace and communal harmony from any corner must be welcomed by all, it seems that RSS wants everybody to overlook the role played by them in taking the Babri Masjid issue to the present tragic level. No one can make the country forget that on 6 December 1992 it was by people associated with Sangh Pariwar that Babri Masjid was deliberately razed to the ground in broad daylight. That organized crime against not only Muslims, but the whole country and its people, was committed in blatant violation of the court orders to maintain status quo in Ayodhya.
While RSS leaders lecture before Muslim leaders about respecting judiciary and rule of law, they have to be reminded that all these years since the forceful and illegal installation of idols in Babri Masjid, before and after the Babri Masjid demolition, the Muslim community has kept its trust in judiciary, and they still stand by the same faith and confidence. Had RSS and its affiliates followed behaviour of the Muslim community, a situation of mutual trust would have been created and hundreds of lives would not have been lost. The rhetoric that the top RSS leaders didn’t say anything against Muslim community is not going to help build up trust because facts and records speak volumes against it. For the community to take the gesture seriously, the RSS has to prove that their words hold water by acting upon it.
Mohammed Ali Jinnah asserted that RSS will be able to build bridge with Muslim community only by abandoning its supremacist ideology and violent methods. The Muslims in India by virtue of their religious faith and mission are duty-bound to outreach beyond their own community and strengthen cordial relations and alliances with the majority community. Hence the efforts taken by any section of Muslim leaders for peace and harmony with other communities must be welcomed and supported. It is indeed a highly crucial step in present situations, and communication lines with all stakeholders must be kept open. However, for such efforts to be fruitful it is important that those who preach hatred and violence do not self-appoint themselves with legitimacy or authority to play the role of advisors.
Mohammed Ali Jinnah has added that if the central government and its Ministry of Minority Affairs is serious about winning the trust of minority communities, the task pending with them is to address the existential and developmental issues of minorities, rather than facilitating the public relations agenda of RSS.