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RSS' Muslim Wing Wants To Bring Kashmiri Youth To The 'Right Path'

No pun intended.

07/01/2017 4:04 PM IST | Updated 07/01/2017 4:11 PM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JUNE 17: Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Naik (L) with other Muslims clerics release the book titled 'Yoga and Islam'; the booklet is compiled by the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), a wing of RSS, at Ayush Bhawan, on June 17, 2015 in New Delhi, India. The book also draws parallels between some yoga exercises and namaaz. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The RSS, which on many occasions have claimed to have the right (no pun intended) answers to several of India and humanity's troubles, have now decided to offer a solution to the Kashmir struggle. According to a report on The Indian Express, Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), affiliated to and known as the RSS' Muslim wing, is holding a conference today with youth from Kashmir. The conference is aimed at 'helping' the said Kashmiri youth "connect with the national mainstream, involve them in nation building and bring them on the right path". Yes, of course, the RSS should know how to bring people to the 'right' path.

The Indian Express reports: "The MRM claimed that they are expecting a turnout of 2,000 students from Delhi and its neighbouring states for the event to which they have invited several BJP ministers at the Centre, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh, and from J&K, such as Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh."

The report, however, states that this move has made BJP's allies in Kashmir, the PDP, very uneasy and they have denied having any knowledge about such a conference.

Professor Talat Ahmed, who teaches at Jamia Milia Islamia, said that he will be attending the conference as he has received a communication from the 'home ministry'.

Professor Talat Ahmed, who teaches at Jamia Milia Islamia, said that he will be attending the conference as he has received a communication from the 'home ministry'. He told The Indian Express, "I have got an intimation from the Home Ministry and I will attend. I have been the V-C of Kashmir University and that's why they wanted me to attend."

The MRM, which was found in 2002 according to reports, has tried to find a foothold in Kashmir itself. In 2015, the Economic Times reported that several sarpanches in Kashmir joined the organisation. The report says: "MRM, which is functional in Jammu & Kashmir ( J&K) since its inception, is silently gaining ground, especially in the Valley and has opened units in almost all districts and tehsils. The organisation, open about its associations with the Sangh Parivar, claims to have enrolled 8,000 members in the state and is now out on a mission to 'change the mindset and actions' of the youth of Kashmir."

Muhammad Afzal, the national convenor of MRM told ET in 2015, "We want the youth of Kashmir to shun the stone (reference to the common occurrences of stone-pelting), like they shunned the gun. We want them to (join) the mainstream."

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