A gaggle of outstanding civil society members mentioned it was deeply disturbing to see “euphoria” amongst sure sections within the nation over the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
The Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD) in a press release signed by 128 individuals, together with lyricist Javed Akhtar, and actors Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah, mentioned it rejects the “idea of a theocratic state anywhere in the world”.
“It therefore questions the legitimacy of the ‘Islamic Emirate’ the Taliban seek to impose on the war-torn, war-weary people of Afghanistan who are yearning for peace,” it mentioned.
“We are deeply disturbed by the euphoria evident among a section of Indian Muslims, including religious leaders such as the office bearers of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Maulana Umrain Mahfuz Rahmani and Maulana Sajjad Nomani, and the Jamaat-e-Islami-Hind, over the Taliban’s capture of power,” they mentioned within the assertion mentioned.
The AIMPLB has, nevertheless, mentioned it “has neither expressed any view nor given any statement on Taliban and recent political situation of Afghanistan. “Opinion of some board members has been portrayed as the board’s stand…,” it mentioned in a latest tweet.
The signatories of the IMSD assertion embrace journalists, legal professionals, college students, academicians, civil society activists and members of the movie fraternity.
“It is nothing but sheer opportunism and hypocrisy to stand in support of a secular state in a country like India where Muslims are in a minority and applaud the imposition of Shariah rule wherever they are in a majority. Such rank double-standard gives legitimacy to the Sangh Parivar’s (RSS) agenda for a Hindu Rashtra,” the assertion mentioned.
The IMSD respects the views of the rising tribe of Islamic students, spiritual leaders and Muslim intellectuals throughout the globe who argue that the very notion of an “Islamic state” is antithetical to the core teachings of Islam, it mentioned.
“According to them, the core values of Islam are not in conflict with the basic principles of a secular-democratic state and religious pluralism,” the assertion mentioned.
The signatories of the assertion mentioned whereas it’s “one thing to welcome the ouster of the occupiers and the overthrow of their puppets, quite another to celebrate the return to power of those who with their barbaric version of Islam have contributed in no small measure to the demonization of Muslims and their faith across the globe.”
The IMSD referred to as on the worldwide group to launch a “24/7 Afghanistan Watch” to mount decisive stress on the Taliban to make sure and present to the world that, “unlike their earlier brutal rule which had turned Afghanistan into a veritable hell on earth especially for the women, this time they will respect the liberties and rights of all its women, men and children.”
It additionally referred to as upon the BJP-led authorities to instantly signal the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, and act in consonance to that conference. “India must open its doors to all Afghan refugees, irrespective of religion,” the assertion mentioned.