Hundreds of Dwarka residents come out in support of the proposed Haj House; demand stern action against hate-mongers

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VHP members protesting against proposed Haj House building in Dwarka on 7 th August

By Abdul Bari Masoud

New Delhi : After the Hindutva radical groups tried to foment communal trouble over the proposed Haj House in Dwarka, more than 100 residents of Dwarka on Friday strongly came out in support of the Haj House claiming its small group out to incite hatred by provoking public disorder. In a letter to be  sent to the Lieutenant Governor Delhi, on Monday,  they demanded that Police must take suo moto action these hate -mongers.

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They said they strongly condemn and disagree with the letter written by All Dwarka Residents Federation (ADRF) to the LG regarding Haj House land, which was allotted in 2008 in sector 22 for building a Haj House.

The counter letter  to  the LG kept for  more endrosment, also debunks and contends all the objections raised by ADRF in its letter bit by bit. Protests organized by ADRF & Hindu Shakti Sangathan demanded cancellation of DDA land allotment for Haj House in sector 22, Dwarka.  Hindutva elements raise the following issues:

  1. Why such facilities are provided only to Muslims and there is no such facility for Hindu pilgrims?
  2. During the protests slogans were raised: ‘ek hi nara ek hi naam , jai shriram, jai shriram’ & ‘yeh bhoomi hamari hai, iska faisla hum karenge’
  3. Our taxes cannot be used for Muslims.
  4. If the Haj House is built, buses will come from Mewat, which will cause traffic jams.’
  5. Every possibility of riots, migration of Hindus and repetition of situations like Shaheen Bagh, Jaffrabad and Kashmir.

 Countering these with facts, the residents’ letter stated to the Delhi LG that:

  1. It is only Muslims who go for Haj; therefore there cannot be a Haj House for Hindus. However there are numerous festivals of Hindus and other religious groups on which both centre and state governments spend substantially large sums of money every year and dedicate public resources to.
  2. Indian government spends huge amount of money on various Hindu religious festivals, pilgrimages via state governments and this is not done only once but every year or periodically. Chief among these are the four Kumbh Melas, held in Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik and Ujjain.

In 2014, for instance, the Centre spent about Rs 1,150 crore and the UP government allocated Rs 11 crore on the Allahabad Kumbh. In 2015, the Union culture ministry also set aside Rs 100 crore to be granted to the Madhya Pradesh for the Simhastha Mahakumbh, in Ujjain. The   MP state government had already spent Rs 3,400 crore on the event.

  1. Other pilgrimages attracting Central funds include the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. The yatra is organised by the government.
  2. Several states have explicit subsidies earmarked for various pilgrimages or religious events for Hindus. For instance,The Adityanath government in UP also grants a Rs 10,000 subsidyto every pilgrim from the state going on the Sindhu Darshan in Ladakh, J&K.
  3. Public funds rose by central and state governments through direct and indirect taxes are contributed by Muslims too. All communities including Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Sikhs, Christians & others have a right on the public money.

The Dwarka residents’ letter underlined many more facts which debunked the spurious and communalized arguments of the ADRF letter.

 They said “The ADRF letter is highly objectionable and it denigrates Muslims and is spreading hatred against them. We demand that the local police authorities take suo-moto cognizance of this and file a case on the signatories for spreading hatred with the intent to cause public disorder and disharmony, as well as create ill-will between different religious groups”.

We appeal to the citizens of Dwarka to defeat the nefarious designs of ADRF to polarize the people in Dwarka and reject this politics of hate and divisiveness and it is governments’ responsibility to ensure their security and safety as well as safeguard their constitutional rights, the letter stated.

 The counter  letter was signed more than 100 people including such  Abbimnyou Warikoo Sector 7 ; Amartya Prakash Sector 13;. Ananya Sector 3 ;. Anjali Deshpande Sector 7;. Anjali Mehta Sector 7;. Anmol Mishra Sector 7;. Anuj Ahlawat Sector 19 ;. Anuradha GR Sector 21;. Anusha Sector 13; Arjuna Vayalombrone Sector 6 ; Arvind Kumar Agrawal Sector 23 ; Barun Mita Sector 12; Bernard D’Silva Sector 6; Chahna Sector 11 ; Chetna Singh Sector 10; Devesh Mundepi Sector 3; Dhruv Golani Sector 23 ; Dikshant Sharma Sector 13 ; Dr.RanbirSharma Sector 13; Florence Fernandes Sector 4 ;  Gopa Kumar Sector 12; Gopalji Pradhan Sector 19 ;  Gurinder Singh Sector 2 ; Haridas T Sector 1 and  others.

The full text of letter

“We, the undersigned, residents of Dwarka, New Delhi strongly disagree with the letter written by All Dwarka Residents Federation (ADRF) to the Lieutenant Governor Delhi regarding Haj House land, which was allotted in 2008 in sector 22 for building a Haj House. We condemn the highly communal contents of the letter and assert that ADRF does not represent all residents Dwarka as claimed by them. It is a small group out to foment trouble and incite hatred by provoking public disorder.

The letter addressed to the Lieutenant Governor and protests organized by ADRF & Hindu Shakti Sangathan demand cancellation of DDA land allotment for Haj House in sector 22, Dwarka and raise the following issues:

  1. Why such facilities are provided only to Muslims and there is no such facility for Hindu pilgrims?
  2. During the protests organized by ADRF & Hindu Shakti Sangathan,  slogans were raised: ‘ek hi nara ek hi naam , jai shriram, jai shriram’ &  ‘yeh bhoomi hamari hai, iska faisla hum karenge’.
  3. Our taxes cannot be used for Muslims.
  4. The president of the Federation Ajit Swami told Indian express, “Around 15 lakh people live in Dwarka, if the Haj House is built, buses will come from Mewat, which will cause traffic jams.’
  5. There is strong apprehension that brotherhood, harmony and peace in society apart from law and order will be disturbed. There will be every possibility of riots, migration of Hindus and repetition of situations like Shaheen Bagh, Jaffrabad and Kashmir.

The actual facts are as under:

  1. It is only Muslims who go for Haj, therefore there cannot be a Haj House for Hindus. However there are numerous festivals of Hindus and other religious groups on which both centre and state governments spend substantially large sums of money every year and dedicate public resources to.
  2. Indian government spends huge amount of money on various Hindu religious festivals, pilgrimages and this is not done only once but every year or periodically. Chief among these are the four Kumbh Melas, held in Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik and Ujjain. Millions of people attend each fair. To ensure that they go off smoothly, Central funds are routed through state governments to pay for construction on the mela grounds, facilities for pilgrims and security. In 2014, for instance, the Centre spent about Rs 1,150 crore and the Uttar Pradesh government allocated Rs 11 crore on the Allahabad Kumbh. In 2015, the Union culture ministry also set aside Rs 100 crore to be granted to the Madhya Pradesh for the Simhastha Mahakumbh, which is held in once in 12 years in Ujjain. The state government had already spent Rs 3,400 crore on the event.
  3. Other pilgrimages attracting Central funds include the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. The yatra is organised by the government, which spends money on security and health facilities for the pilgrims.
  4. Several states have explicit subsidies earmarked for various pilgrimages or religious events. The Madhya Pradesh government subsidizes a range of pilgrimages for senior citizens and their attendants under the Mukhyamantri Tirtha Darshan Yojana, including visits to Ayodhya, Mathura, the birthplace of Sant Kabir and St Thomas Church in Kerala. In Jammu and Kashmir, the Amarnath Shrine Board was set up by an act passed by the state assembly in 2000. Headed by the governor, who is aided by senior civil servants from the national and state administrative services, the board is responsible for “developmental activities” on the shrine and its environs, the “payment of suitable emoluments to the salaried staff”, constructing accommodation for pilgrims and other allied activities.  Under Akhilesh Yadav, the Uttar Pradesh government began giving a grant of Rs 50,000 to pilgrims from the state to undertake the pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet, China. Under Yogi Adityanath, this has been raised to Rs 1 lakh. Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand provide subsidy to pilgrims going on the Manasarovar yatra to cover a part of the expenses, which amount to about Rs 1.5 lakh each. The Adityanath government also grants a Rs 10,000 subsidy to every pilgrim from the state going on the Sindhu Darshan in Ladakh, J&K.
  5. Public funds raised by central and state governments through direct and indirect taxes are contributed by Muslims too. The money collected through taxes cannot be used only for one community. All communities including Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Sikhs, Christians & others have a right on the public money.
  6. Pilgrimages in India involve mass movements of people, tremendous pressures on the site of the event and security concerns. Given the circumstances, several government agencies especially security agencies are involved in the whole process.
  7. Dwarka is Asia’s largest sub city. Situated in south west part of New Delhi. It is one of most populated sub-cities and has sprawling buildings with the whole city divided in well planned sectors, which are sub-divided into pockets. It is a very well connected with buses arriving from all over Delhi, Metro, Flyovers and well constructed roads, it is easily accessible to everyone. It has a large number of residential societies and Dwarka’s population is estimated to be 15 lakhs.
  8. Dwarka is a true representative of the national multicultural, multilingual and multi-religious coexistence in almost all its forms. The inhabitants represent all regions of the country and various ethnic, religious, castes groups reside here. Over the years it has generously welcomed citizens from various economic layers, who live here in peace and harmony. Citizens from east, west, north, south and central India have made this part of the city their home. Retired government officers, teachers, students, poets, musicians, artists, officers of the armed forces, managers of the corporate sector, shop owners, technicians, farmers, hawkers, rickshaw pullers, etc., in short people, almost all sections of society live here and support each other. Modernity, which respects and celebrates diversity of thought and living style, is the mainstay of its cultural ethos.
  9. The discovery of Dwarka Baoli (also known as Loharehri Baoli), a historical stepwell, a few years ago has established that part of Dwarka now stands where Loharehri village stood once and the rest was built where pappankalan was situated. The baoli was constructed for the residents of Loharehri village by the Sultans of the Lodi Dynasty in the early 16th century. Dwarka does not belong to only one community but to everyone irrespective of their religion, caste or gender.
  10. Dwarka is approved to be the second Diplomatic Enclave for 39 countries on 34 hectares, and 89.72 hectares of land has reserved for an Exhibition-cum Convention centre. The Election Commission of India has established India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management campus in Dwarka. The National Highways Authority of India headquarters, an autonomous agency of the Government of India, set up in 1988 is located in Dwarka.
  11. The government has planned to construct an exclusive Interstate Bus Terminus (ISBT). Dwarka ISBT will serve as a major transport hub for residents of Delhi and neighboring states. It will be well connected with the Sector 21 Metro Station for passengers to reach different parts of Delhi without any hassle. ISBT is expected to cater to over 2 lakh commuters daily and the plan is to have all inter-state buses from Haryana and Rajasthan to terminate here itself.
  12. A Mini ISBT is also in the pipeline in sector 21, which will only cater to passengers travelling to IGI Airport. This mini ISBT will be situated right opposite the Dwarka Sector 21 Metro Station and will mostly cater to passengers coming in buses from Punjab, who might have international flights to catch. Also, tourists coming to Delhi tend to take a further bus journey to places like Agra and Jaipur. This newbie will accommodate 100 buses. Mini ISBT is expected to have a footfall of 15000-20000 passengers daily.
  13. Average all India number of Haj pilgrims is 1,46,000, out of which 20000-25000 go for Haj from the International Airport , located in Delhi . These include residents from Delhi and nearby states. On an average the footfall of relatives who come to see off and the Haj pilgrims is not more than 2000 per day for a period of 15-20. They are expected to stay at the Haj house, if built.
  14. It is convoluted logic that ISBT with an expected footfall of 2 lakh per day round the year won’t hinder the traffic but 1500- 2000 Haj pilgrims per day for 15-20 days will create traffic problems.
  15. Haj houses in various cities are used for community education and development work when pilgrims are not using them.
  16. The apprehension conveyed in the letter about brotherhood, harmony, peace, law and order being disturbed & possibility of riots, migration of Hindus clearly indicates the political agenda of the members of ADRF. The letter is highly objectionable and it denigrates Muslims and is spreading hatred against them. We demand that the local police authorities take suo-moto cognizance of this and file a case on the signatories for spreading hatred with the intent to cause public disorder and disharmony, as well as create ill-will between different religious groups.

We appeal to the citizens of Dwarka to defeat the nefarious designs of ADRF to polarize the people in Dwarka and reject this politics of hate and divisiveness.  We believe that people of all religions have a right to live in Dwarka and it is governments’ responsibility to ensure their security and safety as well as safeguard their constitutional rights.

  1. Abbimnyou Warikoo Sector 7
  2. Amartya Prakash Sector 13
  3. Ananya Sector 3
  4. Anjali Deshpande Sector 7
  5. Anjali Mehta Sector 7
  6. Anmol Mishra Sector 7
  7. Anuj Ahlawat Sector 19
  8. Anuradha GR Sector 21
  9. Anusha Sector 13
  10. Arjuna Vayalombrone Sector 6
  11. Arvind Kumar Agrawal Sector 23
  12. Barun Mita Sector 12
  13. Bernard D’Silva Sector 6
  14. Chahna Sector 11
  15. Chetna Singh Sector 10
  16. Devesh Mundepi Sector 3
  17. Dhruv Golani Sector 23
  18. Dikshant Sharma Sector 13
  19. Dr.RanbirSharma Sector 13
  20. Florence Fernandes Sector 4
  21. Gagan Sector 13
  22. Gauhar Raza Sector 6
  23. Gopa Kumar Sector 12
  24. Gopalji Pradhan Sector 19
  25. Gurinder Singh Sector 2
  26. Haridas T Sector 1
  27. Harsh Jain Sector 13
  28. J S Murthy Sector 23
  29. Jaimon Joseph Sector 6
  30. Kalyani V Sector 7
  31. KG Satheesh Sector 6
  32. KK Singh Sector 19
  33. Kislay Sector 19
  34. Krishna Sengupta Sector 4
  35. Leena Dabiru Sector 4
  36. Madhavi Kane Sector 6
  37. Madhukar Varshney Sector 3
  38. Madhuri Sector 3
  39. Mamata Sector 7
  40. Manjeet Kirbat Sector 4
  41. Manoli Arora Sector 4
  42. Mathew Abraham Sector 10
  43. Melvin Diniz Sector 7
  44. Mohd Azeemullah Sector 21
  45. Mrs.Kanti Sharma Sector 13
  46. Munish Kundra Sector 7
  47. N. Raghuram Sector 18
  48. Nazima shervani Sector 10
  49. Nikhil Bisht Sector 13
  50. Nischay Kumar Sector 19
  51. PVS Kumar Sector 6
  52. Parivartan Pandia Sector 22
  53. Pathik Arora Sector 4
  54. Pranjal Mukhija Sector 11
  55. Priyanka Thakur Sector 20
  56. Pulkita Sector 6
  57. Queeny Pradhan Sector 19
  58. Raghav Sector 13
  59. Ramya Kannan Sector 18A
  60. Ravindranath Sector 12
  61. Reena Saxena Sector 22
  62. Regina Rose Xaviet Sector 12
  63. Richard Mahapatra Sector 8
  64. Rishabh Sector 6
  65. Roger Samuel Sector 8
  66. S K Malik Sector 6
  67. Sahil Dhawan Sector 12
  68. Samkutty Sector 1
  69. Sanjeev Sector 23
  70. Santanu Sengupta Sector 4
  71. Sarim Ali Sector 3
  72. Sarim Ali Farooquee Sector 10
  73. Satya Narain Sector 5
  74. Saurav Sharma Sector 18B
  75. Seema Chelat Sector 6
  76. Seema Joshi Dwarka 12
  77. Shabnam Hashmi Sector 6
  78. Shameera Ashroff Sector 6
  79. Sheetal Gahlot Dwarka Mor
  80. Siddharth Saxena Sector 12
  81. Somya Singh Sector 1A
  82. Soumya Jayanti Sector 23
  83. Srishti Vohra Sector 6
  84. Srishti Vohra Sector 6
  85. Steve Mathew Sector 10
  86. Subash Karunakaran Sector 7
  87. Subir Banerjee Sector 1
  88. Subodh Mahanti Sector 18A
  89. Subrata Kumar Sahu Sector 7
  90. Sukumaran PB  Sector 15
  91. Swati Arya Sector 12
  92. Sweta Singh Sector 16
  93. Tara Pillai Sector 12
  94. Terence DSouza Sector 4
  95. Vasudevan Sector 12
  96. Vasudha Singh Sector 18
  97. Vinoy Thomas Sector 9
  98. Vipin Vaylombrone Sector 6
  99. Vivek Sachdeva Sector 19
  100. Yogesh Sector 21

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  1. Dwarka is approved to be the second Diplomatic Enclave for 39 countries on 34 hectares, and 89.72 hectares of land has reserved for an Exhibition-cum Convention centre. <<– How is this relevant ?? 🤔🥱

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