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In Sadbhavna-II mode, Modi set to woo Muslim businessmen

The conclave aims to showcase the community’s progress in business and other areas.

The three-day event, which the BJP’s prime ministerial aspirant will inaugurate, is being viewed as the second major attempt by Modi, after the ‘Sadbhavna Mission’ he undertook in September 2011, apparently to persuade the minority community to leave behind the 2002 communal riots and look to the future.

‘In fact, out of nearly 80 exhibitors at the event, 55 are victims of various riots,’ Zafar Sareshwala, CEO of Parsoli Corporation Ltd, and chief organiser, said reporters on Thursday.

Contrary to the perceptions in a section of society, the Muslims are ‘not under siege’, he said, adding that the event is an attempt to showcase their progress and increasing prosperity. Besides business, the event will also showcase the community’s progress in the arts and other fields. Two companies from Dubai and many from other parts of India are participating.

The conclave, being supported by the state government and Vibrant Gujarat-2015, is expected to attract 75,000 to one lakh businessmen and entrepreneurs, mainly Muslim, to the 12,000 square metre venue, the Sabarmati Riverfront. The event’s theme is ‘Business with Harmony.’
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