Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Region -

The editorial, ‘Mus­lims are not the only mi­nor­ity groups in In­dia (HT, June 28)’, has brought to fo­cus the sig­nif­i­cance of the Vishwa Hindu Par­ishad (VHP) de­mand ask­ing for not only abol­ish­ing the mi­nor­ity com­mis­sion but also the mi­nor­ity af­fairs min­istry. In this re­gard, the state­ment of for­mer prime min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh at a Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil meet­ing must be re­called. He said, “Mi­nori­ties, es­pe­cially Mus­lims, must have first claim on re­sources of the coun­try.” This state­ment had cre­ated divi­sion in so­ci­ety, caus­ing hurt among sec­tions of so­ci­ety. The VHP has only felt this hurt and voiced its sen­ti­ments. The VHP de­mand needs to be con­sid­ered in view of pos­tur­ing of par­ties, ap­par­ently just to cre­ate a vote bank, and not in the con­text of any ha­tred against any com­mu­nity.


Dr BN Anand,

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