EM Abdul Rahiman

Rahiman, a retired librarian and activist imprisoned for his activism.


India’s Hindu nationalist government banned the Popular Front of India (PFI) in September 2022 for five years. Hundreds of PFI leaders, members, and activists were arrested in the widespread crackdown by the federally controlled agencies across 20 Indian states.

The Indian Home Ministry notification accused the organization of “radicalizing” a segment of the population and alleged its members of terror activities and thus used this pretext to declare the group “unlawful” by invoking the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), a draconian terror law used by the ruling Hindu rightwing government to silence critics.

Activists and civil liberties organizations have condemned the ban accusing the Hindu Nationalist government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of vendetta and witch hunt against the Muslim organizations for spearheading the fight for the rights of religious minorities.

Life and Activism

Rahiman is the national vice chairman of PFI. He is a retired Librarian from the Cochin University of Science and Technology in the Ernakulam district of Kerala. As a social activist, he led a March in 2000 from Trivandrum to Kasargod demanding reservations for Muslims and other backward classes.

The activist also propounded Empower India 2047, a developmental plan of PFI for India. He believes India is developing, and the nation’s wealth is also growing, but the gap between haves and have-nots has also increased. The community-centered project seeks to strengthen socially marginalized communities, which are affected mainly by unequal growth and inequality. Rahiman aspires to make an inclusive India and asserts that the vision is incomplete without social alliances and impactful results.

Current Status

Not released yet.

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