Call by Shri. Manoj Khadye of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti in a press meet at Vengurla
Vengurla : In a secular nation why is it compulsory to obtain a private Islamic ‘Halal Certificate’ after obtaining a certificate from the Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSA) of the Government of India? Some of the organizations issuing the certificates are seeking legal redressal of cases against religious fanatics involved in terrorist activities. The creation of a parallel economy based on such a religion in secular India is very serious from the point of view of national security and the government should immediately stop the ‘halal certification’ system. Shri. Manoj Khadye, State Coordinator of HJS for Konkan, Gujarat and Goa expressed this view while addressing members of the press at Vengurla.
In this discussion session reporters K.G. Gawde (Tarun Bharat), Pradip Sawant, Daji Naik of ‘Prahar’, Suresh Kaulgekar, District President of ‘Shramik Patrakar Sangh’, Ajay Gadekar of ‘Pudhari’, Prathamesh Gurav of ‘Lokmat’, Vinayak Warang of ‘Saamana’ as well the editor of as ‘Weekly Kirat’ Mrs. Seema Marathe, journalist of ‘Konkan Samvad’ Aradhana Kondurkar, Sandesh Gawde and Gopal Juvalekar of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti were present. Journalists enthusiastically participated in the discussion.
Shri. Khadye said,
1. The Organization for Islamic Co-operation, an organization of 57 Islamic countries around the world, has launched a halal economy through the Halal Certificate to make Islamic banks financially strong. If this continues, it is safe to say that India is moving towards Islamization.
2. A fee of Rs 50,000 is levied for ‘Halal Certificate’ and thereafter a separate fee is charged for renewal of the certificate every year. It is imperative to break the resulting parallel economy.
3. What is needed today is a boycott of ‘halal certified’ products, using the consumer’s right to purchase any item. We can stop the ‘halal economy’ by raising awareness through such small things.
Appeal to journalists
Shri. Khadye appealed to the journalists present that as journalists and as Hindus, they should take this issue to the grassroot level. The attendees responded positively to this appeal.