Source: News Bharati English28 Jan 2016 15:50:09

Nagpur, Dec 28: This Republic Day was different in many ways. But the most striking distinction was unfurling of national tricolour on hundreds of thousands of madarsas and schools all over the country.

And the credit for this spectacular event undoubtedly goes to Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), a social reform movement active amongst the Muslims of India for over one and half decade.

The MRM, it may be recalled, had appealed to all the educational institutions, particularly the madarsas to hoist the National Flag on this Republic Day. This appeal generated a lot of controversy and debate in the media and newspapers. But defying all the negative assessments, lakhs of Muslims participated in flag hoisting functions in the madarsas countrywide, some of them hoisting the tricolour for the first time after independence!

MRM Patron and senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar participated in one such function held at Raipurani madarsa in Panchkula in Haryana where over 500 people were present.

Addressing the gathering on this occasion Indresh Kumar said that the Muslims in India have given a tight slap to the separatists, terrorists and fundamentalists. This proved that India is a peace loving country and there is no place for terrorism, separatism or fundamentalism.

Thanking people for positively responding to the appeal of MRM Indresh Kumar said that hundreds of thousands of madarsas came forward voluntarily to unfurl the triclolour. “This response indicated the defeat of fundamentalism, hatred, terrorism and violence and endorsed the victory of humanity, nationalism and Indianness”, he said.

MRM Organising Convener Girish Juyal also addressed a good number of flag hoisting functions through mobile stating that this underlined the fact that Muslims in India are not lagging behind in honouring the national flag.

National Convener of MRM Mohd Afzal, Co-Convener (Women’s Wing) Shahnaz Afzal, Delhi convener Adv. Yasir Alir Jilani, and hundreds of MRM activists participated in the flag hoisting ceremony in the historic Nizamuddin Dargah. Later they took out a rally and greeted the people on this occasion.

President of Jamaat Ulema-e-Hind Maulana Suhaib Qasmi, Girish Juyal, Nizam of Nizamuddin Dargah, Samim Abbas, Adil Andrabi and other prominent activists participated in this yatra.  

In Delhi’s Batla House area, Okhla, tricolour was unfurled by MRM activists in presence of hundreds of citizens of the area for the first time after independence. The students played national anthem and saluted the flag.

In Mumbai national flag was hoisted at Bhaykhala and Sayyad Mubaraq Shah Madarsa in presence of MRM Co Convener Irfan Ali Pirjade, Mumbai convener Shakeel Hindustani and other activists.

In Nagpur the national tricolour was unfurled in various madarsas in presence of Maharashtra convener Mohd. Farooq Shaikh, Akil Khan, Riyaz Khan, Maulana Habib and other MRM activists.

Jammu-Kashmir Convener Nazir Ahmad Mir unfurled the tricolour in Srinagar while in Haryana Khurshid Rajaka hoisted the flag in Nuh. In Delhi national flag was hoisted in Chandni Chowk, Seelampur madarsa, Nangloi, and Jafrabad  Madrastul Banat in presence of girl students and religious leaders including Qari Jalil, Maulana Rizwan, and others.

Maulana Khurshid Ameeni hoisted the flag in Hatinee, Adbar, and Khasera. Madarsa Danish Kada, and Madarsa Mirza Galib also unfurled the flag in presence of Shahar Imam Sayyad Masoon Ali Azad, Shiya Imam Muzaffar Hussain Turabi, Sufi Habibur Rahman Kabli, Mirza Fasiur Rahman Beg, Mohseen Naqvi and others.

In Assam the national tricolour was hoisted in more than 60 madarsas while in Manipur the program was held in one madarsa. In Madhya Pradesh the national tricolour was unfurled at Jabalpur, Baitulm Ujjain, Bhopal, and Gwalior. MRM activists Farooq Ahmad, councillor Sayara Bano, former councillor Kadir Khan, Akram Khan, Sami Ejaj, Rauf Mohammad, Maulana Gulam Mustafa, Hafiz Sayyad Shoeb, Mansur Sahab, Khurshid Khan, Abdul Satar, Mohd. Jahir Khan, Kishwar Khan, Shabnam Khan and others were present on the occasion.

In Rajasthan, the flag hoisting ceremony was held at Muslim Musafirkhana, Jaipur. Here former IG Liyaqat Khan hoisted the national flag. President of Musafirkhana Shabbir Khan, Secretary Shaukat Qureshi, former Secretary of Urdu Akademy Moajjam Ali, Abdul Latif Arko, Abdul Hakim Khan, Adv. Mujahid Ali Naqvi and others were present.