Centre bans Jamaat-e-Islami of Jammu and Kashmir

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The Central government today imposed a blanket ban on the Jamaat-e-Islami of Jammu and Kashmir, after arresting scores of its members for what it called ‘indulging in activities which are prejudicial to internal security and public order and has the potential of disrupting the unity and integrity of the country.’

It may be recalled that the Jamaat-e-Islami founded in 1941 was banned earlier in 1990 but it lapsed in 1995. According to a university professor who does not wish to be named has said that the Jamaat-e-Islami was founded as an Islamic social movement meant to spread conservative Wahhabi practice and influence. But of late it has perpetrated violence against Hindus forcing them to leave the valley, especially on Kashmiri pandits while RSS retaliated in 1947 after the death of Mahatma Gandhi along with Dogra troops of the Princely state. 

The RSS was also banned in the valley three times since India’s independence. Once in 1948 on February 4, by none other than the then Home Minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, the second time during the emergency by Indira Gandhi on July 4, 1974 and the third time after the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 10, 1992 by the PV Narasimha Rao government.

The other groups that were banned include Islamic Study Circle, Anand Marg, Proutist Forum of India and Proutist League besides the Jamaat-e-Islami & Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh

The government officials have been barred from participating in RSS and Jamaat-e-Islami JK activities since 1966 under the conduct rules. Rule 5(1) of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964.