Mahmood Madani of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind supports Modi government on abrogation of Article 370, wants NRC across India


Mahmood Madani of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has supported the Centre’s Narendra Modi government on the abrogation of Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir. Madani has also reportedly demanded the rolling out of Assam-like NRC across India.

Mahmood Madani

The resolution on Kashmir adopted by the Jamiat on Thursday read, “It is our firm belief that the welfare of the people of Kashmir lies in getting integrated with India. The inimical forces and the neighboring country are bent upon destroying Kashmir..The enemy has made Kashmir battlefield using Kashmiris as shield which makes it the biggest hurdle in rescuing the people from the impasse.”

The Jamiat also said in its resolution that it ‘can never support any separatist movement rather it considers such movements harmful not only for India but for the people of Kashmir as well.’

Kashmir has been under a complete lockdown since 5 August this year with local residents forced to stay indoors in a curfew-like situation and no access to phones or internet. On 5 August, the Indian government had revoked Article 370 and announced the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.

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Madani, whose brother and Jamiat Chief Arshad Madani met RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat last week for an hour-long chat, also supported the rollout of the Assam-like NRC across India. “The NRC should be conducted in the whole country as it will help in knowing how many intruders are here. Even those who are genuine are being blamed. Hence it should be done. I have no problem with that, “ANI quoted him as saying.

The final NRC list on Assam was recently released with 19 lakh people, mostly Muslims, being declared as foreigners. Although, they have the option to appeal but if their appeals are unsuccessful, they will have to spend the rest of their lives in detention centres. The final NRC list came under huge condemnation as some notable bonafide Indian citizens were exclusded from the list. It included one Kargil war hero Sanaullah and a BSF jawan Muzibur Rahman, who’s currently guarding India’s border in Punjab.

There were also countless other instances of anomalies where children were included in the list but their parents were declared foreigners.