New Delhi, 15 June 2015: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is strongly opposed to the compulsory implementation of Yoga, Surya Namaskar, Saraswati Vandana etc. by the Centre or state governments on all communities, as it goes against the spirit of the constitution of India. Secretary General of Jamaat Mohammed Salim Engineer said: “The constitution of India grants all its citizens the freedom to practice their own religion. Instead of solving the problems of the poor, economically deprived and the educationally backward and achieving social justice and communal harmony between various communities, the government is engaged in exercises that are highly damaging to the country.”
He reiterated that, “The likes and dislikes of a particular religious community should not be enforced and made compulsory for all other communities and religious groups of secular India, as it is against our constitution and against the secular fabric of the country. The government must adopt a neutral stand on such issues and play an impartial role.”
Mohammed Salim Engineer expressed the hope that the government will respect the constitution and will not allow attempts by certain vested interests to promote the supremacy of a particular culture. Government must promote unity, justice, mutual love, respect and tolerance in the country.