Archive for February, 2011

Muslims preach RSS values in Lucknow

Muslims preach RSS values in Lucknow

By Indo Asian News Service | IANS – Wed, Feb 9 9:13 PM ISTtweet0EmailPrintLucknow, Feb 9 (IANS) Donning skull caps and armed with RSS literature, small groups of Muslims here are on a campaign to preach the values of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh among members of their community.

Under the banner of the Akhil Bharatiya Maha Sufi Sant Sewa Samiti (ABMSSSS), around 75 Muslims are on a door-to-door campaign to project ‘the spirit and values of RSS’.

‘You can call our exercise a campaign to link Muslims with the RSS, an organisation that has undertaken several rehabilitation programmes in the country,’ ABMSSSS president Mohammad Wahid Chisti told IANS.

Chisti, an editor of an Urdu daily, said that like him Muslims from different professional backgrounds were involved in the drive that started Sunday with RSS assistance.

‘Though most of those associated with the campaign are Muslim clerics, small traders, students and social activists are also involved,’ he said.

Chisti and his friends every morning fan out in different localities of the city to reach out to fellow Muslims. They hand over copies of a booklet published by the RSS.

‘Initially, we present an overview of RSS to the Muslims and then provide them the booklets,’ said Chisti.

‘In our interaction, we emphasize the experiences shared by prominent personalities including Mahatma Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar and Zakir Hussain about the Sangh,’ said Chisti.

RSS and ABMSSSS members said the campaign was finalised a few months ago.

RSS ‘pracharak’ Umesh Kumar told IANS: ‘Involvement of the Muslims has immensely helped us. Had we directly approached the Muslims, we would have faced difficulties.’

RSS rejects Aziz Burney apology, to pursue case against him

RSS rejects Aziz Burney apology, to pursue case against him
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_rss-rejects-aziz-burney-apology-to-pursue-case-against-him_1501809
NewDelhi: The RSS today rejected the apology tendered by Aziz Burney, the editor of an Urdu newspaper, for hinting in a book that the organisation was behind the 26/11 conspiracy and said that the criminal case against him would not be withdrawn.
(Sri Ram Madhav, RSS National Executive Council member)
“The apology tendered by Aziz Burney is in RSS’ view not sufficient ground to withdraw the case registered against him in a Navi Mumbai court”, senior RSS leader Ram Madhav said here.
He said the charges against Burney are “much more serious” as his writings tantamount to treason and, hence, RSS would not accept his apology nor withdraw the case against him.
Burney hit national headlines in December 2010 when he wrote a book titled ‘RSS Ka Shadyantra, 26/11 (RSS conspiracy, 26/11)’ and invited Congress leader Digvijay Singh to its launch.
Burney had compiled his articles written on the 26/11 terror strikes and the conspiracy behind them into the book, where he had differed from the investigating agencies’ conclusion that no saffron terror activists were involved in the carnage.
It was at this book’s launch on December 6 where Singh had said that Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare had called him, hours before he was killed in the terror attacks, to tell him about threats he had received for probing Hindu extremists and their terror links.
Burney, however, tendered an apology on January 29, saying that he would like to “clarify and apologise if he has hurt anyone by the title of his book and is happy to change the title” if that would assuage feelings.
Claiming that he did not want to weaken India’s stand in the fight against terror or link RSS to the incident, he urged the organisation to withdraw the case registered against him.
RSS sources said that, notwithstanding Burney’s apology, the complainant of the case Vinay Joshi is likely to send a legal notice via his lawyer to senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh for “joining the debate with Burney” and making public statements regarding RSS’ alleged role in 26/11 conspiracy.