Ulema Ignoring Burning Issue Of Immorality, Busy With Confrs: Geelani15 July 2011
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference(G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani Friday slammed the government for organizing what he termed dance shows in the name of cultural functions. In a statement issued here, Geelani said the government is “poisoning” the minds of youth under a well-planned strategy, and Kashmir’s centuries-old “moral values and traditions are in great danger.” “Moreover, there is concrete evidence to believe that the policy makers in New Delhi are bent on pushing our youth into an abyss of immorality and debauchery. They are using some corrupt people among us to give practical shape New Delhi’s heinous designs in Kashmir,” Geelani said. He said it was “surprising and shocking” that government minister and officials “who, on one hand, participate in Milad conferences and other religious functions as chief guests have no qualms about organizing dance shows.” “If this flood of immorality is not stopped it will wash away everything from our society. We can expect nothing from the ruling class because how can these people, who are themselves involved in sex scandals, be expected to do anything about the growing immorality,” he said. Geelani said although Islamic scholars and clerics could have played a positive role in curbing “immorality but unfortunately they are not showing enough concern regarding this burning issue.” “Even though organizing conferences and gatherings in the name of Islam has become a routine in Kashmir, these are confined to ulema trying to establish the authenticity and uprightness of their respective school of thought,” Geelani said, adding that “instead of deen (Religion) the ulema (Scholars) concentrate on propagating their own set of beliefs.” Geelani said the root cause of “all our problems including immorality lies in India’s military occupation of Kashmir but our ulema are not discarding their obligatory duty of opposing this occupation and oppression.” “Not only have they chosen to maintain silence over this important issue there are also reports that some of them have been assigned with the task of dividing Kashmiris and thus weaken the resistance movement against India,” he said.