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February 5, 2011

Khudai Khidmatgars in India to revive movement


February 5, 2011

PESHAWAR: As the new challenges have put the ideals of Khudai Khidmatgar Movement (KKM) in the backseat of the real politick of the Awami National Party, its philosophy has not been forgotten in India where the movement is being revived by civil society members committed to the cause of peace, non-violence and freedom.
Talking to The News from New Delhi, Faisal Khan, coordinator of the national committee for the revival of KKM, said the KKM’s basic philosophy was to encourage education, peace and tolerance in the society.
Bacha Khan envisioned an exploitation-free progressive, peaceful and prosperous society, he said, adding that he was above religious divide and believed in the unity and equality of mankind.
Faisal Khan said Mahatma Gandhi had been portrayed as leader of Hindus only but it was distortion of historical facts. “Gandhi was truly secular who raised voice for all the communities of the subcontinent irrespective of religion, caste, colour and race. However, the Hindu followers of Gandhi have not done justice to his stature and rather undermined his philosophy,” he added.
Faisal Khan added that Bacha Khan was a devout Muslim with strong beliefs but he rose above political, religious and ethnic prejudices and struggled for all downtrodden segments of the society.
Bacha Khan was not only a freedom fighter, but also a great social worker and a human rights activist who believed in the progress of society towards the lofty goal of equality and justice, the KKM coordinator said.
“The principles made by Bacha Khan for his Khudai Khidmatgar (Servants of God) Movement almost a century ago were in fact the fundamentals of any civil society,” he argued.
A simple but graceful ceremony was held on January 20 in connection with the death anniversary of freedom fighter Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (Bacha Khan) at Gandhi Smriti, the place where Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948.
Tara Gandhi Jee, granddaughter of Mahatma

Gandhi, as chief guest on the occasion shed light on history of the freedom struggle and the role of Bacha Khan and his movement. She took oath and gave KKM membership to 50 people who came from different parts of the country.
Faisal Khan told this correspondent that it was a symbolic membership and now they would start their mass drive in capitals of all the provinces of India. He said soon they would organise a national convention of Khudai Khidmatgars for which a committee has already been constituted.
Faisal Khan said they would invite Asfandyar Wali Khan, grandson of Bacha Khan, to participate in the convention. He said only those should join the KKM who believe in helping the society and want to bring about a positive change in the lives of millions of Indians.
Responding to a question about Pak-India relations, Faisal said: “We believe in dialogue as issues can only be resolved through discussion and not by war.” However, he added that the people representing civil society in the dialogue between Pakistan and India have no base in their respective countries.
“In Pakistan-India friendship, people who have mass bases in their countries should be involved, otherwise such interaction will be a futile exercise,” he stressed.

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