Mus­lims Should’ve No Is­sue Chant­ing

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

The prime min­is­ter has made a spe­cial men­tion of his re­cent visit to Saudi Ara­bia in his elec­tion speeches in West Ben­gal and As­sam… It is a good thing. The al­le­ga­tion of the Op­po­si­tion against the PM is that he is against mi­nori­ties. The Saudi king, who calls him­self the cus­to­dian of the two holy mosques, has recog­nised Naren­dra Modi’s con­tri­bu­tion. He was given the high­est civil­ian award of that country. Modi’s thoughts, ac­tions have to be ad­mired. He has been ac­cepted where the Op­po­si­tion was say­ing he will not be ac­cepted.

On the one hand, we see th­ese over­tures to the mi­nor­ity com­mu­nity and, on the other hand, the BJP says it will never ever have an al­liance with Badrud­din Aj­mal’s AIUDF in As­sam? It has noth­ing to do with re­li­gion, it’s a po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion. It is still too early to say any­thing def­i­nite about the re­sult.

Don’t you think con­tro­ver­sies over is­sues like ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ take the fo­cus away from the de­vel­op­ment agenda that the govern­ment wants to high­light? The govern­ment — no of­fi­cial or the PM — has not said any­thing other than ‘vikas’ (de­vel­op­ment). I am guided by what the PM says. What oth­ers say dis­tracts the mind some­times. It was hap­pen­ing ear­lier as there were provo­ca­tions by peo­ple. But now every­body has set­tled down. This govern­ment’s agenda is ‘vikas’, no point in get­ting dis­tracted. I never got dis­tracted.

You mean to say Asadud­din Owaisi’s stand is aimed at de­rail­ing the de­vel­op­ment agenda of the govern­ment? He wants to de­rail the agenda. Why The govt has not said any­thing other than ‘vikas’ (de­vel­op­ment). I am guided by what the PM says talk about it? We are all In­dian and the food we eat, the wa­ter we drink, the air we breathe, the land where we walk — isn’t it Bharat Mata? Isn’t it ‘Madare Watan’? In which­ever lan­guage you call it — Per­sian, Ara­bic, Hindi or Chi­nese — the moth­er­land is moth­er­land. I don’t have to say ev­ery time ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. Yes, ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. We are will­ing to lay our lives for the moth­er­land. Hun­dreds of peo­ple have laid down their lives for pro­tec­tion of our moth­er­land. We can­not for­get what Ab­dul Hamid did.

You can­not say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and then live com­fort­ably in air-con­di­tioned rooms. Do some­thing for the country. We owe some­thing to our moth­er­land. Some peo­ple said PDP leader Me­hbooba Mufti, BJP’s ally in J&K, will not say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’... It was meant to di­vert at­ten­tion. That means some peo­ple have some weak­ness that they have to say this ev­ery time. It is as­sumed, it is un­der­stood, it is taken that where I live is my moth­er­land and that I am loyal to my moth­er­land. Whether I say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ or not, I am still an In­dian.

Do you think Mus­lims may have is­sues about say­ing ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’? No, why should they have any? They live in Bharat. They vol­un­teered to live in In­dia. When par­ti­tion took place, they had a choice to go to Pak­istan. Those who wanted to go, have gone. Those who stayed are citizens of In­dia, they be­long to Bharat Mata. It is our moth­er­land. Not only that, among Mus­lims, when we die we get buried here — in Bharat Mata’s lap. I don’t un­der­stand what is the big deal? Why should Owaisi or any­body talk about it?

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