Muslims Should’ve No Issue Chanting
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?