Campaign launched to battle extremism, self-centredness among students
Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) has launched a campaign to fight extremist tendencies prevalent among students.
The 10-day ‘We for Constructive Thoughts’ initiative will address issues such as communalism and intolerance. The student organisation will also take effort to make the younger generation renounce its self-centric lifestyle.
At the launching programme for campaign, held at marathiPatrakarBhavan in Mumbai on Sunday, SIO’s National President Iqbal Husain said , “Social harmony is indispensable for the development of the country. However, some recent incidents seem to resulted in further hatred and alienation between minorities and the majority. The leaders of the nation must come together to fight communalism.”
He added that, in such a scenario the role of youths is important, but sadly many of them have fallen prey to materialism and self-centredness. He added, “The youths are avoiding their responsibilities as they are cocooned in their own private lives. Preparing them for the reconstruction of the society is part of our efforts.”
Anwar Shaikh, president, SIO (South Maharashtra), in his address, said, “The domestic unrest and global turmoil has given way to hatred towards other communities. It spells doom for a pluralistic society like India. If we are to progress economically and socially, the student community needs to have a more balanced and moderate approach,” said.
A huge number of students from different parts of the city and suburbs attended the programme. The gathering was also addressed by social activist Dolphy D’souza, SIO’s former national president and filmmaker Suhail KK, Brahmachari Muktesh Anand, Ulema Council General Secretary Mahmood Daryabadi and Jamat-e-Islami’sDr. Mohammed Rafat.
SIO hopes to make students interested and engaged in affairs of the nation, through its campaign. During this period, the activists of SIO are planning to take Islam’s message of moderation and balanced thinking to the campuses across the state.
Mohammed Ali Shaikh, PR Secretary, SIO (South Maharashtra) informed that they will meet with educators, government officials and even political leaders to gather support for the movement. “We also plan to hold corner meets, street plays and lectures for the students,” he said.