Arshad Madani Faces Flak for Giving Interview to Islamophobic Anchor Suresh Chavhanke

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Maulana Arshad Madani. — File photo

The Jamiat chief says he didn’t know the true face of the anchor, else he wouldn’t have spoken to him

Team Clarion                                                  

NEW DELHI – Maulana Arshad Madani, chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, is facing flak for his interview to Sudarshan News’s Suresh Chavhanke, a known Islamophobic anchor in India.

Chavhanke posted a short video clip of the interview on Monday which is scheduled to be aired on coming Wednesday and Monday (October 20 and 25) from 8 PM to 11 PM. In the video clip, Chavhanke, who has aired several anti-Muslim programmes through his channels, can be seen arguing with the Maulana over the creation of a Hindu deity Mahadev.

Chavanke asks Madani a loaded question: “How can Allah be bigger than Mahadev? …We should say Mahadev gave birth to Allah as a believer of Allah came in the world 1,400 years ago while the believer of Mahadev has come before that.”

The content of the interview aside, many people have expressed their anger at Madani questioning as to why he gave the interview to an anchor who always spreads hatred against minorities.

Lawyer Aman Wadud questioned Madani’s wisdom. “Why should Arshad Madani even talk to this chap?” he asks.

Shams Tabrez Qasmi, editor of Millat Times news portal, alleged that these days, Madani is giving interviews to Sangh-affiliated channels and newspapers. But he refused to oblige Millat Times. “Maulana Arshad Madani gave the interview to those channels against whom he goes to court,” he said.

Another journalist Alim Jafri said Madani fell into the trap of Sudarshan channel.

Meanwhile, an audio message has surfaced on Twitter in which a journalist Abrar Rahmani is heard requesting Madani for an interview. Madani refuses to give the interview. When he reminds the Maulana of his interview to Chavanke, he said he was “cheated” by someone.

“A Muslim took this hatemonger to his (Madani’s) residence. Also, he didn’t know the true face of Suresh Chavhanke, else he wouldn’t have spoken to him. He was cheated by that person who brought Suresh,” a tweet by one Shaikh Mohd Asad reads.

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