‘Minorities should come forward and write about differences’

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New Delhi : “It was horrifying as there was a lot of negative reporting done by the Media which branded Muslims as terrorists”, Neyaz Farooquee said while Narrating events which he faced after the encounter, in a book discussion programme on “An Ordinary Man’s Guide to Radicalism”. It was organised by Jamia Discussion Forum (JDF) on 18th September in the Conference Room in the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI).

Also, he spoke about the role of judiciary and other state institutions in making the terror cases against the Muslims.

Remembering the childhood days, Farooquee said “My grandfather has always taught me to be patriotic towards this Country as he used to say, “iss khak se hi hain, issi khaak mein jayenge”.

He stressed that minorities should come forward and write about differences that they face in this country.

Farooquee was invited as the Chief Guest. He discussed the conditions which compelled him to write this book. The book is based on the famous Batla House encounter and the followed events.

He has completed his Masters in Convergent Journalism from JMI and is presently working with Editorial and Opinion team of Hindustan Times.

The welcome address was given by Prof Sonya Gupta of European and Latin American Studies, JMI. Gupta introduced JDF to the audience. She said that JDF is a student initiative to generate a space for holding conversation and exchanging ideas in JMI outside classrooms.

The session was chaired by Prof K. S. Dara of the Department of Political Science and it was coordinated by Nehal Ahmed, research scholar from MMAJ Academy of International Studies, JMI. The event was concluded with vote of thanks by Pratima Yadav, Convenor of JDF.

The event was organised in collaboration with the subject association of Political Science department of JMI and was attended by many teachers and students.

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