Hyderabad: Muslims took a pledge after Friday prayers to never submit documents to prove their origin or domicile. Mushtaq Malik of the Telangana-AP joint action committee (JAC) against CAA-NPR-NRC administered the oath at the historic Mecca Masjid.
“We are Indians. The Constitution and law have bestowed liberty, for its strength we will strive constantly,” went the oath. “We will never file NPR and NRC forms at any cost. We are citizens of this country and a communal government cannot seek evidence of our citizenship. We announce that we will not file the forms. May Almighty help us and protect us.”
Mr Malik told the media that 50-60 lakh Muslims of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka were taking the pledge. “If we do not file forms or provide personal information, then we will able to fight,” he said.
“If someone thinks that if he files a ‘form’ or provides family lineage information he will be secure, he should analyse the NRC exercise. He will be astonished to see that a father’s name appeared in the register while his son could not find his name. Wives of many people could not prove their domicile. In many cases, fathers are in detention centres and their children are freed or vice versa.”
If one bows down before communal forces, one will be defeated, he pointed out. “The pledge is being administered even in mos-ques in remote villages.”
To educate women the JAC has planned a 48-hour dharna on January 27 and 28 at the Darushifa ground. The JAC appealed for peaceful demonstration and asked the organisers to guard against the infiltration of miscreants and saboteurs. “This is a long struggle. This is a battle of ideology. This struggle is against the philosophy of RSS.”...