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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bengal IUML leader defies party, attends Kerala Yatra

Shahanshah Jehangir, national secretary of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) from West Bengal, surprised the party leadership in Kerala by attending a reception to the Kerala Yatra of Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musaliar, All-India Jamiyyathul Ulama general secretary and Sunni leader, here on Thursday.
Mr. Jehangir was the chief guest at the mid-day reception, evoking media curiosity, especially as the Muslim League leaders in the State kept themselves away from the Yatra meant to “awaken humanity.” Muslim League sources said that Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal, president of the party State unit, had banned their leaders from attending the Yatra of the Musaliar . The Thangal has apparently acted on behalf of the Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, in which he holds a venerable position.
Inaugurating the function here, Mr. Jehangir praised the Musaliar for taking out a march to awaken people's consciousness and humaneness. He asked the Sunni leader to extend his Yatra to States such as Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra, and Delhi. The objective of the Yatra, he said, is to recapture the essence of humanity, which has been lost in all religions, including Islam.
“We need to recapture the essence of humanity; we need to revive it; and we need to regain those excellent values which gave respect to humanity, esteem to womanhood, and kindness towards children and fellow creatures,” he said. Mr. Jehangir told The Hindu that he had associated with the Yatra as it was devoid of politics and was for a noble cause. “As long as I remain a social worker, I consider it my duty to associate myself with such noble social deeds,” he said.

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