Mangaluru, May 14, 2017: Religious fundamentalism in one religion cannot be countered by a similar move in another religion. Strengthening democratic and progressive forces is the only answer to the problem, said Mohammad Riyaz Calicut, All India President of DYFI.
He was speaking after inaugurating the Muslim Youth Conference organised by the DYFI at the Shanti Nilaya at Balmatta on May 14, Sunday. "It is regretting to note that the youth of the minority community were getting attracted towards communal organisations in a bid to fight the communalism patronised by RSS. Youth have to realise that this is not the answer," he stressed.
He also called upon the Muslim youth to join their hands in the fight against neo-liberalisation. If Muslim youth continue to get attracted towards fundamentalist groups, in the process they will only be helping the RSS agenda of communalism, he cautioned. Like all religions Islam to advocates tolerance and brotherhood, he said adding activities promoting communalism were against the tenets of Islam.
Former minister BA Moidin who spoke as a chief guest said democracy can succeed when the minorities can lead a life without any fear. Secularism is the life of this country. Youth should shun fighting in the name of caste and religion and should be messengers of equality, he said.
Senior journalist Ramzan Darga, AIIEA National President Amanulla Khan, Akshara Santha Harekala Hajabba, DYFI State President Muneer Katipalla, DYFI State Secretary Rajashekhar Murthi, District President Imtiyaz BK and others were present.