Kozhikode: Jamaat-e-Islami said that speaking to the RSS directly regarding minorities is also a form of protest. Jamaat-e-Islami assistant ameer P Mujeeb Rahman said that Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the CPM were promoting Islamophobia. The CM had slammed the meeting in a recent speech.
Talking to the media regarding the controversy, Rahman said the organisation highlights the problems faced by Muslims in several ways. The organisation includes secular parties in this effort. Jamaat-e-Islami sees raising the issue directly with the Sangh Parivar as a protest, Rahman added. The struggle does not have just one face. Jamaat-e-Islami took the initiative to hold discussions with communities regarding the Marad massacre. Similar talks have been held in Jamaat-e-Islami’s history, he said.
No discussions were held between Jamaat-e-Islami and the RSS, he said. RSS held discussions with the leadership of Muslim organisations. Statements made by RSS leaders, hate speeches, evictions happening in Assam and mob attacks were discussed between the organisations, he said.
Rahman further said that several people ask if discussions should be held. On this, Jamaat-e-Islami’s stand is that discussion can be held if no selfish motives are involved, he added. The assistant ameer also said that the Muslim community is becoming the victim of RSS violence.
Several organisations in Kerala hold talks with RSS, Rahman said. He added that NSS, SNDP and several Christian organisations have had discussions with them. However, the chief minister did not question any of this and did not post anything on Facebook at that time, he said. “The chief minister should not forget history, this is clear Islamophobia,” he said. Rahman also stated that he sees the opposition from Muslim organisations as a caution.