Muslims in India not ‘Here to Adjust’ Their Faith, Owaisi’s Riposte to Mohan Bhagwat

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The AIMIM chief also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying, ‘Our PM hugs all Muslim leaders of other countries but never hugged a single Muslim in his own country.”

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NEW DELHI – Muslims in India are not “here to adjust” their faith or “please a bunch of alleged celibates” in Nagpur, AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi said on Wednesday.

Reacting sharply to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion that Muslims must abandon their “boisterous rhetoric of supremacy,” the AIMIM supremo asked who was he (Bhagwat) to give “permission” to Muslims to live in India or follow their faith.

Muslims have nothing to fear in India, but they must abandon their “boisterous rhetoric of supremacy”, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said.

“The simple truth is this Hindusthan should remain Hindusthan. There is no harm to the Muslims living today in Bharat… Islam has nothing to fear. But at the same time, Muslims must abandon their boisterous rhetoric of supremacy. We are of an exalted race; we once ruled over this land, and shall rule it again; only our path is right, rest everyone is wrong…,” Bhagwat reportedly said.

The new-found aggression among Hindus in India and elsewhere is due to the Hindu society having been at war for over 1,000 years and finally awakened with the Sangh’s support, Bhagwat has said.

“It is but natural for those at war to be aggressive,” Bhagwat has said in an interview to the RSS-affiliated magazines Organiser and Panchjanya.

In a series of tweets, Owaisi asked: “Who is Mohan (Bhagwat) to give Muslims ‘permission’ to live in India or follow our faith? We’re Indians because Allah willed it. How dare he put ‘conditions’ on our citizenship? We’re not here to “adjust” our faith or please a bunch of alleged celibates in Nagpur,” he said.

In one such tweet, Owaisi said, “There are enough Hindus who feel the Boisterous Rhetoric of Supremacy of RSS, leave alone how every minority feels. You can’t say Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam for the world if you’re busy building divides in your own country.”

He even attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying, ‘Our PM hugs all Muslim leaders of other countries but never hugged a single Muslim in his own country.”

During the interview, Bhagwat also recalled that the Sangh was earlier seen with contempt, but those days were now over. “The thorns we encountered earlier on the road have changed their character. In the past, we had to brave the thorns of opposition and contempt. Those we could avoid. And at times we have avoided them too. But the new-found acceptance has brought us resources, convenience and abundance,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kapil Sibal, Member of Rajya Sabha and a senior politician also took a swipe at Mohan Bhagwat’s “Hindusthan should remain Hindusthan” remark, saying he agreed with that but “Insaan (human beings) should remain Insaan”.

Sibal said on Twitter, “Bhagwat: ‘Hindusthan should should remain Hindusthan’, Agree. But: Insaan should remain Insaan.”

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