We are Mus­lims by choice, says Owaisi

■ Ramdev’s ‘Ram is an­ces­tor of Mus­lims also’ re­mark baf­fles MIM chief

Deccan Chronicle - - Politics - KANIZA GARARI | DC

MIM pres­i­dent Asadud­din Owaisi said on Satur­day that he could not un­der­stand why cer­tain com­ments on re­li­gion were made. He was re­act­ing to a state­ment of yoga guru Baba Ramdev — “Lord Ram is the an­ces­tor of not only Hin­dus but also Mus­lims”.

Mr Owaisi said, “We are not against any­one’s be­liefs but the RSS and Sangh Pari­var are spread­ing wrong pro­pa­ganda. There is a con­tin­u­ous pro­pa­ganda which is say­ing that Mus­lims were forced into con­ver­sion, which is not the case.” “Our fore­fa­thers were not forced to be­come Mus­lims. They em­braced Is­lam vol­un­tar­ily. What is the RSS go­ing to get by say­ing these things? What is the mes­sage that they are try­ing to give,” Mr Owaisi said.

Mr Owaisi who in­ter­acted with youth in the morn­ing in the Old City said, “Is the Con­sti­tu­tion of In­dia big­ger or is it your think­ing which must be hon­oured? The Con­sti­tu­tion grants ev­ery­one the right to fol­low the re­li­gion they want.”

Mr Owaisi’s speech in the Lok Sabha dur­ing the mo­tion of thanks to the Pres­i­dent’s ad­dress stirred a con­tro­versy as he asked ques­tions about the Bharat Ratna, the coun­try’s high­est hon­our. He has pointed out that most of the Bharat Ratna con­fer­ees were ei­ther Brah­mins or be­longed to the up­per castes.

He said, “It is high time there are norms and pa­ram­e­ters for con­fer­ring the Bharat Ratna.”

Asadud­din Owaisi

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