New Delhi, 01 Jan 2014: In the wake of growing trends of communalism and decline in communal harmony in the country, Forum for Democracy and Communal Amity (FDCA) organized a special meeting at Council for Social Development here on 30 Dec. The meeting entitled “The threat of communalism to Indian society and polity” was attended by officials of FDCA and other eminent personalities. They held a thorough discussion on the topic. The meeting unanimously accepted participants’ proposal for a long-term plan to combat the threat of communalism. It was also agreed that a delegation of FDCA would visit the places where communal harmony is disturbed or communal riots have happened like in Muzaffarnagar. A detailed report of the visit would be presented to the government and other institutions so that the government and administration could be pressed for redressal of the grievances of the victims and to ensure their rights and punishment to culprits.
Throwing light on the activities of FDCA, Mohammad Salim Engineer, National General Secretary of FDCA, said sincere efforts are being made to revive and strengthen the forum in the entire country. Maharashtra chapter of FDCA very recently organized a big program in Mumbai which was attended by eminent experts of human rights and social activists. Mr. Salim further said that a central team of FDCA would soon visit different parts of the country and make people aware of the threat of communalism. The team will also appeal to the masses to work together to promote communal harmony and peace in the country so that communal elements do not succeed in their sinister plans.
Eminent personalities who took part in the discussion included Muchkund Dubey, President, FDCA, Justice Rajendra Sachar, veteran journalist Kuldeep Nayar, Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Nusrat Ali, Journalist Santosh Bharatiya, Dr Javed Jamil, Prof. Bhim Singh, Fr. MD Thomas, eminent lawyer ND Pancholi, Prof. KB Saksena, Shafi Madani, Sharique Ansar, Secretary, SIO.