Former Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari Says Modi Should Speak Against Blasphemous Statements Against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
Former Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari has said it was the duty of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to respond when blasphemous statements by officials of India’s ruling party were first made against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) two weeks ago.
The Indian government’s reaction to the ongoing backlash by the Islamic countries over the blasphemous statements made by now-suspended spokespersons of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was “not enough,” Ansari said in an interview to NDTV News.
“The Prime Minister could have diffused the issue but no one thought it fit to do this at an appropriate time,” Ansari said. “The PM knows what to say. I don’t have to tell him what to do or what to say.”
He further said: “For the [Indian] embassy to issue statements is not enough. It is not enough for the official spokesperson to issue a clarification. This should have been dealt with at an appropriate political level.”
Indian envoys were summoned by the Arab countries such as Qatar, UAE, Turkey, Bahrain, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Iraq, Oman, Jordan, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, Gulf Cooperation Council and many others condemning the statements made by BJP officials Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal against Prophet Muhammad.
The Indian Government has insisted that the BJP spokespersons were “fringe elements” and that India was “strongly against any ideology which insults or demeans any sect or religion.”
“It is not a question of a particular country taking opposition which offends us. It is a question of 52 members of the United Nations taking opposition on a matter in which there was an uncalled-for intervention by the spokesperson of a particular party,” Ansari said.
“This is not a matter of an individual. It affects a community of a particular faith… if it affects every Muslim on the globe then such a reaction is bound to happen. This is inevitable,” Ansari added.
Hindu Extremist Groups Threaten To Celebrate Independence Day, Yoga Day on Eidgah Maidan
Hindu extremist organizations have threatened to hold mass gatherings to mark India’s Independence Day on August 15 at Eidgah Maidan in Bangalore city saying the grounds cannot be “ treated as the property of minorities.” They have also announced they will celebrate June 21 as Yoga Day on those grounds.
Karnataka, the state where Bangalore is located, has been rife with Hindu extremist violence and campaigns for months. Hindu extremists have been agitating to forcibly take over many Muslim mosques, including many historical ones. They BJP-ruled extremist government of Karnataka has even banned thousands of Muslim girls from attending school and college in the hijab.
Hindu activist Pathapat Srinivas on Thursday said Hindu leaders were meeting Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai with a request to hoist the Indian flag at Eidgah.
“We will demand from CM Bommai that Edgah Maidan should be preserved as a public property and cultural activities of all religions must be permitted,” Srinivas said.
Bangalore’s municipal authorities have claimed that the municipality owns the Eidgah grounds. However, Muslim leaders habve said it was the property of the Wakf Board.
Former Journalist And India’s Chief Information Commissioner Those Who ‘Instigated Islamic Nations Against India’ Should Be Charged With Treason
India’s Information Commissioner Uday Mahurkar, a Hindu extremist who was once a journalist working with a leading Indian publication, has demanded that those who “instigated Islamic nations against India” over the last week should be “charged with treason.”
“Theirs is [an] anti-national activity,” Mahurkar wrote on Twitter. “Even their property could be attached by enacting a law.”
Mahurkar was appointed information commissioner at the Central Information Commission in 2020. The Central Information Commission is the topmost statutory body that deals with Right to Information applications.
On his website, Mahurkar claims to be an expert on four subjects – Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, the growth of radical Islamic movements in South Asia and medieval history.
Mahurkar’s comments came days after a massive diplomatic outrageby several Muslim-majority countries against India over the remarks made by two Bharatiya Janata Party spokespersons about Prophet Muhammad.