MUMBAI: Ramzan is the month of purification and hence discourse on welfare should build during this month, said senior RSS leader and patron of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) Indresh Kumar as he addressed a gathering at the state guest house here on Monday.
The program that is being seen as the efforts of outreach to the minority community by the RSS, was organized by the department of minorities affairs and waqf of the Maharashtra government. Officially termed as the "dialogue session" was attended by members of Islamic organizations and foreign consulates in large numbers.
Opposition parties including the Congress and the NCP had raised objection to such a program in association with the RSS body (MRM) being organized at the state guest house. Referring to the controversy, Indresh Kumar said, "It is ironical that the people who blame the RSS for being anti-Muslim, oppose even an effort to build a dialogue."
Kumar also blamed the established way of discourse during Ramzan. "Instead of vote bank politics, we should focus on discussing welfare of minorities," he said and praised the Maharashtra minister of minorities affairs Vinod Tawde for taking lead in organizing the conference.
Tawde, while speaking at the ocassion said that the government has taken a view that the issue of minority welfare needs to be handled with an approach that goes beyond schemes and focuses on integration." He also appealed people to give in their suggestions regarding the welfare of the community.
Indresh mentioned schemes floated by the MRM for rehabilitation of Talaq victims, education of children and in the field of food safety. The schemes that are currently being run on support from community should be supported by mosques and government, he said while expressing his expectations from the society.
Dignitaries from various sectors including members from at least consulates of Iran, Israel, Hungary, Turkey, Singapore and the United States participated in the dialogue and the Iftar party.