“Peace and security is an essential condition for the people of our nation to prosper and for India to forge on the path of development” said the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind President, Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari at a press conference here today at the Press Club of India on the occasion of the launching of ‘’Peace and Humanity Campaign’’ that will be carried out by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind all over the country from the 21st of August to the 4th of September 2016.
The JIH President dwelled on the need for such a campaign by saying that: ‘’our nation of 1.25 billion people is the largest democracy in the world. India is home to people belonging to all major religions of the world. This unique diversity is also its core strength. As despite the differences in language, race and religion, the thread of humanity binds all the countrymen together. However it is a matter of grave concern that someextremist ideologies propounded by communal and fascist forces are quickly gaining ground in society. Some opportunist elements are trying hard to disrupt our age-old social fabric for their own petty political, financial and cultural gains.
The need of the hour is therefore to take appropriate steps to bridge this widening social rift, and create an environment of mutual trust and cooperation. Irrespective of political or ideological inclination, we need to unite together to work against communalism on a broad social level. It is under this background that Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has decided to launch a nationwide campaign to convey the message of peace and humanity to all countrymen. Accordingly, the ‘Peace and Humanity Campaign’ would be run all over the nation from the 21st of August to the 4th of September 2016.
This is by no means a traditional awareness campaign; rather its goal is to bring about some firm and perceptible changes in society. Emphasis would be on people to people contact at ward / mohalla / neighborhood / colony level. This would open the channels of intercommunity communication, pave the way for removing of misconceptions and misunderstanding about each other and bring them on a common platform. The objective of this campaign is also to appeal to the conscience of the country and rouse it.But beyond that its goal is to ensure the establishment of a string of institutions right from the community level to the local level and the promotion of necessary practices to help consistently counter this menace of communal hatred’’.