Schol­ars, activists ob­ject to ‘de-rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Suren­dra P Gan­gan suren­dra.gan­gan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment has run into op­po­si­tion from Mus­lim schol­ars and so­cial activists to its “de- rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion” pro­gramme aimed at youth from the com­mu­nity. Much of the op­po­si­tion is to the term “de-rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion”, which crit­ics say amounts to la­belling a com­mu­nity.

“De- rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion im­plies that Mus­lim youth are rad­i­calised. This is some­thing un­ac­cept­able as we do not think any par­tic­u­lar com­mu­nity has been rad­i­calised,” was the com­mon re­frain at a meet­ing the gov­ern­ment held with Mus­lim schol- ars at Mantralaya, the state sec­re­tariat, re­cently. Among those present were Mah­mood-Ur-Rah­man, PA Inam­dar, Ab­dul Sha­ban, and Maulana Ghu­lam Mo­ham­mad Vas­tanvi.

Inam­dar, a noted ed­u­ca­tion­ist, said, “We are not against the mea­sures be­ing taken to bring t he com­mu­nity i nto main­stream, but our ob­jec­tion is to the way it is pro­jected. I don’t think the youth from any par­tic­u­lar com­mu­nity are rad­i­calised. Ex­trem­ism does ex­ist among youth to a cer­tain ex­tent, ir­re­spec­tive of com­mu­nity and re­li­gion. Fringe in­stances of youth run­ning away from home for var­i­ous rea­sons can­not be termed rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion as it hasn’t proved to be so.”

Pro­fes­sor Ab­dul Sha­ban of the Tata In­sti­tute of the So­cial Sci­ences said any such move would fur­ther alien­ate the com­mu­nity.

“This will fur­ther widen the gap be­tween the com­mu­ni­ties.

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