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ISF organizes event on India’s Independence Day
August 19, 2017, 1:41 pm

The Indian Social Forum (ISF) Kuwait celebrated India’s 71st Independence Day with great joy and enthusiasm on 15 August. The event kicked off with the Unity Song at the BBS Alumni Club Jabriya.

Safat Alam Taimi, Chief Editor, Almisbah Urdu Magazine published by Islam Presentation Committee, Kuwait inaugurated the event. Addressing the gathering, Mr. Alam highlighted the role of the Muslim community in the freedom struggle. He praised the organizers for providing an opportunity for the expat Indian community to gather to mark such a joyous occasion.  

Delivering the key note address, Alauddin Ainul Haq, Vice President, ISF Central Committee described the uncovered stories of freedom struggle. He alleged that, the role of Indian Muslims in the national movement has not been given adequate coverage in the press or books. It has either been sidetracked or referred to here and there by scholars. “Instead of factual and secular historiography it has been communalized. As a result, the contribution of Muslim revolutionaries, poets and writers are not known today,” he said.

He added that “the proponents of Hindutva brand of nationalism who often demand Indian Muslims prove their loyalty to the nation have never been a part of the freedom struggle. They not only were silent about the evils of foreign rule but all attempts were made to sabotage the fight against British imperialism”. Criticizing those forces, he further said that the essential elements of any sort of nationalism; equity, fraternity, justice, civil liberties and democracy have no space whatsoever in their brand nationalism, said Mr. Alauddin.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Adoor, Social Activist said that freedom is a birthright of each and every individual. The purpose of freedom struggle in India or different parts of the world was not just to change the rulers; instead, it was to gain the freedom to act, speak, or think as one wants. While praising the social concern of ISF in serving the Indian community irrespective of their region or religion, Mr. Adoor raised his concern over the growing communalism in India.

Mohammed Rafeeq Manchi, Gen. Secretary welcomed the gathering while Sameer Aman anchored the program and Siccander Batcha M. delivered the vote of thanks. ISF central committee member Imthiyaz Arkula was also present on the dais. Refreshments were served before the event concluded with the National Anthem.


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