Aug 15, 2008

District Status to Mewat a.k.a 'Muslim District'

A number of social and political organisations, including the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), the Bajrang Dal, the Shiv Sena, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Arya Samaj, the Gau Aveng Sanskriti Raksha Samiti, the Sanatan Dharma took out a procession in the city to stall any move to grant a district status to Mewat.

The protesters also blocked the Jail Road skirting the District Court in protest against the "failure" of the Deputy Commissioner to turn up at his office to accept their memorandum on the issue. Quite predictably, there was traffic snarl when the protesters blocked the road. The memorandum addressed to the Haryana Chief Minister, made out a case against providing district status to Mewat.

It pointed out that granting of district status on the basis of religious considerations would only foster religious fundamentalism and was fraught with dangerous consequences. Meo Muslims dominate the demographic profile of Mewat, which spans across Gurgaon and Faridabad districts. It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had made poll promise to the people of Mewat to grant district status to Mewat, with Nuh as the district headquarters. Although there is no apparently move by the government to grant district status, a mere stirring from certain quarters in favour of the issue has raised the hackles of the Hindu organisations.

The memorandum also pointed out that Pakistan's ISI has been active in Mewat for the past many years and granting of separate district status to Mewat would only facilitate its growth in the region. It also demanded the withdrawal of government's sanction for opening a slaughterhouse in Sakatpuri near Ferozepur Jhirka in Mewat. It expressed apprehension that the slaughterhouse would be used to slaughter cows. It said that a large number of cows were being slaughtered in Mewat, and the authorities have failed to check the trend.

The local chief of the RSS, Major Deen Dayal, said that it had been agreed in advance that the Deputy Commissioner would meet the delegation and receive their memorandum. However, it was unfortunate that he was not available to accept their memorandum. However, it is learnt that the protestors did not arrive at the office of the Deputy Commissioner at the fixed time. Rather, they trooped in when he was leaving his office. The absence of the Deputy Commissioner forced the protestors to raise slogans against him and stage a dharna for about an hour in the court premises outside his office. With no message from the Deputy Commissioner, they took to direct method and blocked the road in protest.