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OIC asks Modi govt to ‘ensure safety of Muslim minority’, months after plenary invite

In February, OIC invited India to attend the plenary after five decades. Now it has expressed concern over developments like scrapping of Article 370, Ayodhya verdict & CAA.

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New Delhi: In just under a year, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)’s ties with the Narendra Modi government seem to have taken a new direction.

In February, the Modi government was elated, much to the Congress’ chagrin, that it was able to secure an invitation to attend an OIC summit meeting after five decades.

Then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had attended the meet as a ‘Guest of Honour’ at the invitation extended by United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The late minister addressed the OIC inaugural plenary in Abu Dhabi on 1 March where she said Islam is a religion of peace and none of Allah’s names means violence.

Now, 10 months later, the same OIC has not just called on India to “ensure the safety of Muslim minority” after the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), but has also asked for “protection of Islamic holy places in India” after the Babri Masjid verdict last month.

“The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been closely following recent developments affecting Muslim minority in India. It expresses its concern over the recent developments pertaining to both the issue of citizenship rights and the Babri Masjid case,” the OIC said in a statement issued Sunday.

The new law provides for citizenship to six non-Muslim communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. In the Babri Masjid case, the Supreme Court had awarded the disputed site to Hindu parties and paved the way for the construction of Ram temple.

In its statement, the OIC also noted “serious implications on peace and security across the region” if India fails to “uphold the principles and obligations enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and relevant international covenants that guarantee the rights of minorities without any discrimination”.

ThePrint reached the Ministry of External Affairs for a comment. The MEA has said it will issue a statement shortly.

The OIC statement came amid widespread protests in India over the new citizenship law and fears over the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Also read: Stop complaining India’s anti-NRC, CAA protests are ‘too Muslim’

Flip in ties

Earlier this year, the invitation to India to attend the inaugural plenary of the OIC Summit came 50 years after New Delhi faced a major diplomatic embarrassment, when it was sent away from the grouping’s first conference due to stiff opposition from Pakistan.

Since then India had been making attempts to join the grouping even with an ‘observer’ status.

Unsurprisingly, when the Modi government got an invitation to attend the OCI meet in March, it was seen as a major snub to Pakistan. Additionally, it also led the government to highlight the growing relations between India and the larger Islamic world.

The Jeddah-based OIC was established in 1969 at Rabat, Morocco, with 24 member states. It was conceptualised as a congregation of Muslim countries. It is the second-largest intergovernmental body after the UN. Today, it has 57 member states, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia among others.

‘India attractive for its pluralistic society’

In February, when India was invited for the OIC meeting, the government had said it saw the invitation “as a welcome recognition of the presence of 185 million Muslims in India and of their contribution to its pluralistic ethos, and of India’s contribution to the Islamic world”.

However, with OIC’s latest statement, there is a visible change in the situation.

“The OIC is now viewing this as a pattern by this (Indian) government to target only the Muslim minorities, be it in Kashmir through the abrogation of Article 370 (in August), or the citizenship law amendment or the calls for a nationwide NRC,” said veteran diplomat Talmiz Ahmad, India’s former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

“These are legitimate and genuine concerns among the larger Muslim community that the OIC has spoken about, which cannot be ignored,” added Ahmad.

He also said India has always been an “attractive country” for Muslims and others around the world for its secular, multicultural and pluralistic character.

“Every Muslim country I have worked in as a diplomat has always lauded India’s ability to absorb people from all religions. But today India looks like one of the many countries around the world that have an authoritarian regime,” he added.

However, Jayant Prasad, former Ambassador of India to Afghanistan and Nepal, said, “OIC statements should not be taken seriously. They have no locus standi on the matter. It only represents a general view of India on the CAA issue.”

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  1. Muslim free world all muslim country no Right other religions but muslim minority demond right

  2. What is happinng in india , news channels are not showing the truth they are all working for modi government. Indian Muslims are in bad conditions,
    Burning masjid and many Muslims are killed. I don’t now wht. Oic is waiting for

  3. Assalamualaikum for all Islamic countries
    Please help Indian Muslim brothers and sisters from bjp ruling has been harshment upon us if still go on the end result was kill all Muslims people,property,shariyath,sun nah all
    If you help the name of Allah you praise by Jan nah peace upon all Muslim save by strict action if any Muslim kill by Hindu terrorist
    Jasakallah kayir

  4. Assalamu alaikum all Muslim Modi government The Government of India is harassing Muslims very much. Is disturbing too much. Please help Muslim countries 😭😭😭😭😭😭 Indian Hindustan jindabad Islam jindabad

  5. Allah help us ….

    We believed allah please help us

    Indian politics are not good

    They are planning for indu nation

    They palnned to kill indain musim asap..

    They want mecca …. also ….

    Everything is bla… bla

    . y bjp spoked abt hindutva ,rss , etc….

    No trust on indian political people….

    We want peace in India

    …. or die in peacefully india asap…

    Allah please forgive us…

  6. Allah please help us i request to our ismal country to rasic your voice that our Mohammed saw peace on him that he gifts us

  7. Firstly these laws NRC and CAA are against the constitution because it is straightly pointing out one community (Muslim minorities) except this every other communities are getting the citizenship.
    No law can be passed on the bassic of religion discrimination it is against the Indian constitution.. India is secular country and also democratic too, every religion should be treated equally important #RejectCAA #RejectNRC

  8. We have all prove how much dissastor created by RSS and BJP on our muslim community.primister said on air muslims are terror and identify by cloths . Government already apply NRC on assam arround 19lac incuding 5lac muslims.people lost own home ,own rights,and live life on detention centre.home minister said he apply NRC on india.he discriminate and devide hindu muslim.according to CAA hindu easily give citizenship only 6 year live in india.and muslims proved identity on the besis of before 1971.this is not justice i inform you govt targete muslims and minority communities help us .govt not show you how much discrimination,killed muslims and minorities.if oic know the actual condition then invite locals.

  9. From long time all Indian government posts are filling others(except Muslims). Muslims population ratio is 23:77 in India, if we check the same ratio in Government jobs are 03:96. That means Muslims government job Holders 3%only. Then my demand to Indian government first Balance the same in all Jobs.

  10. When will these Islamic Nations go Secular ?

    1> Saudi Arabia

    2> United Arab Emirates

    3> Malaysia

    4> Turkey

    5> Indonesia

    6> Iran

    7> Nigeria

    8> Algeria

    9> Kuwait

    10> Bangladesh

    11> Libya

    12> Kazakhstan

    13> Qatar

    14> Egypt

    15> Oman

    16> Iraq

    17> Pakistan

    18> Bahrain

    19> Tunisia

    20> Morocco

    21> Sudan

    22> Ivory Coast

    23> Yemen

    24> Syria

    25> Azerbaijan

    26> Gabon

    27> Uzbekistan

    28> Turkmenistan

    29> Brunei

    30> Jordan

    31> Cameroon

    32> Chad

    33> Lebanon

    34> Mozambique

    35> Senegal

    36> Tajikistan

    37> Suriname

    38> Benin

    39> Mauritania

    40> Uganda

    41> Togo

    42> Kyrgyzstan

    43> Albania

    44> Guinea

    45> Guyana

    46> Afghanistan

    47> Burkina Faso

    48> Mali

    49> Djibouti

    50> Somalia

    51> Niger

    52> Sierra Leone

    53> Gambia

    54> Maldives

    55> Guinea-Bissau

    56> Comoros

    57> Palestine

    • Saddam Hussain was an icon to islamic world fought brave and Died a Martyr… So please research on his life style…Mr.Sad Dam l…
      Go and research on Islamic values in deep… Also go and get guided by the Noble Quran the Miraculous revelations to all, even a cpnfused person like you…
      Thanks for expressing your confusion over Islamic countries go secular…atleast publicly your vies are exposed…
      May ALLAH guide you to Siratal MustaQeem… Aameen.

  11. You have to care Middle East countries millions of Indian are working in Middleast and sending millions of dollars foreign exchange to India if they stop Indian economy will be in great trouble remember this.
    Middle East countries are Not secular they are Islamic counties.

    • they dont care about hindu too they want only the chair or prime minister of any cost that’s y they r adapting the policy divide n rule 😡

  12. Saudi and UAE are also responsible for what is happening to Indian Muslim….Soon they will anounce another honorable award for Mr. Modi and Shah.

  13. Modi and amitshah are like two demons of india they always put some hindu muslim issue only divert the public conventration from their faults and fake promises the 2002 massacre in gujrat is clear example of modiji idealogy …in one word they use pakistan , desh drohi, hindutvaa ..these words gives them and their party ….”bread and butter” ..if not all their policy for develooments have been failed ..

  14. Modi and Amit Shah are racist and ingrained Muslim haters. They cannot be allowed to single out Muslims as non Indians for they believe Dot Head pundits are supreme and everybody else is untouchable! It’s time withdraw the CAA LAW or face a major uprising to dethrone BJP.

  15. Thank you thank you thank you
    Allah has listen my prayers please protect my Muslim brother and sister their are suffering so much always in fear to step out of house

  16. What a joke. Name a muslim country where non-muslims can worship and have equal rights in peace. India is attractive cuz We are too generous and soft like west.

    • it is not your fathers property…5 lakh muslims were martyred and hanged on trees by british…your slave rss men were licking boots of british

    • All muslim countries provide equal rights to all people of different faith except Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where not only non muslims but also muslims and Saudi nations have restricted freedom. Please visit Muslim countries to find out yourself.

    • That’s why u.a.e gave permission to Hindus to construct a temple in Dubai if u want to do reality check just google it

  17. An edit in IE today cautions the government against underestimating the external fallout of internal policies. One would like to believe that the revised stance on national NRC at Ramlila Maidan was the first indication that the government may be thinking of course correction. Negative election results may nudge that process along.

    • Do we really have to give damn about what some Middle East countries think about us? Who are they? We are independent country whether we be secular or not, it is none of business of Middle East countries who themselves are not close to anything called secular

      • Lakhs of Indian of all religion and faith have been leaving in these Middle East countries for many many years, have we heard any discrimination on basis of religion? Indians are respected on being Indian. And that is what our reputation is in the world. With the present scene that has been happening in India it’s shame on us.
        The hate ideology is not Indian it has to be washed out for sure.

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