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Meet to focus on plight of Dalits

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI SEPT. 12. Leaders of various political parties, social and religious groups would converge in the Capital on September 15 to discuss issues related to backwardness, poverty and other social issues of Dalits and Muslims.

Stating that the day-long discussion would be a "serious effort'' to highlight the problems of minorities and backward social groups in the country, the chairman of the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations, Udit Raj, and the general secretary of the Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind, Maulana Mahmood Madani, on Wednesday said the discussion would be held under the banner of the newly-floated Bharat Bachao Morcha. Both Mr. Raj and Maulana Madani are the Morcha's conveners.

Mr. Raj said social harmony and unity was a must for any nation's development. Unfortunately the Indian society was caught in infighting and lay fragmented. "Through the discussion, we would try to highlight problems of backwardness, education, health and other issues trying to find out answers to all the evils and frame guidelines which could end social friction and lead the nation to development and progress,'' he added.

The Jamiat leader said the meeting would provide a wider spectrum for discussion of vital issues and also make a base to wage a war against social issues.

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