We are here to change the Constitution: MoS Anantkumar Hegde

Addressing an event organised by the Brahman Yuva Parishad in Koppal district of Karnataka, Anantkumar Hegde also heaped scorn on “secularists”, saying they were like “people without parentage”.

Written by Apurva | Bengaluru | Updated: December 26, 2017 9:28 am
Countering attacks against the BJP over the Manusmriti, Hegde said “Smritis” were like the Constitution in ancient times.

STATING THAT while they would “respect” the “word secular” since the Constitution mentions it, Union Minister of State Anantkumar Hegde said on Sunday that the BJP had come to power to “change the Constitution” and would do so in the “near future”.

Addressing an event organised by the Brahman Yuva Parishad in Koppal district of Karnataka, Hegde also heaped scorn on “secularists”, saying they were like “people without parentage”.

“There is a new culture now of secularists. If someone says I am a Muslim, or I am a Christian, or I am a Lingayat, or I am a Hindu, I feel very happy because he knows his roots. But these people who call themselves secularists, I don’t know what to call them,” said Hegde.

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“They are like people without parentage or who don’t know their bloodline. They don’t know themselves. They don’t know their parents, but they call themselves secular. If someone says I am secular, I get suspicious. I hope there are no secularists here,” he said.

“A few people say the Constitution mentions the word secular, so you have to agree. Because it’s there in the Constitution, we will respect it, but this will change in the near future. The Constitution has changed many times before. We are here and have come to change the Constitution. We will change it,” said Hegde, who is the Union Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.

Countering attacks against the BJP over the Manusmriti, Hegde said “Smritis” were like the Constitution in ancient times. “They talk about Manusmriti today, but it’s ancient. Today, what is being used is Ambedkar Smriti, and before that was the Parashar Smriti. Smriti simply means ancient laws. If you don’t know history, you are foolish,” he said.

The Karnataka Congress was quick to condemn Hegde’s remarks. “Anantkumar has no culture. He does not know political or parliamentary language, or even the social system in India. How can he change the Constitution, they cannot make India a Hindu Rashtra. There are 125 crore people in India and all of them are Indians… only Brahmins cannot be glorified,” said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

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    G.S.
    Dec 27, 2017 at 7:02 pm
    Mr. Hegde ... we have ALL evolved from APES :) (for the sake of whatever you worship as an evolved BAN-DAR, please try to NOW find the logic in your 'forgotten their roots' statement). gosh, you're duhhhhhhmB!
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    1. Aaraksan Mukt Daltonganj
      Dec 27, 2017 at 2:11 pm
      I appreciate whatever Mr. Hegde stated. Its a right time to replace such type of copy paste cons ution which is completely failed to give all rights to all Indians. Now a day some secularist are burning the holy Manusmriti because it explains the four Varn. Then why don't they burn this cons ution which divides the Indians in thousand and more casts.
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      1. Nirmal Kavanad
        Dec 26, 2017 at 8:37 pm
        Imagine if 'secularism' is removed from Indian Cons ution and all minorities as send back to Pakistan,Vatican,Israel.... ... India declared as Hindu nation.... Then what...... Will the blood shed end their?? ... New divisions like North hindu- south Hindu, High hindu- low class Hindu,Liberal hindu- conservative Hindu....Saivism vs Vaisnavism.. all these ploys will be used by parties to DIVIDE AND RULE....and GAIN VOTE!! Please don't fall for anti secularism views.... Sarva Dharma samabhav should be upholded... Why not Temple and Masjid co exist side by side in Ayodhya... ,. .... End of secularism will start the death of democracy and birth of Mobocracy and ultrafundementalism..
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        1. Nirmal Kavanad
          Dec 26, 2017 at 3:29 pm
          Secularism,federalism,rule of law etc are BASIC STRUCTURE S of Cons ution as per supreme court....... Parliament can amend cons ution .. any number of times.but if basic structure is tampered it will be declared uncos utional by supreme Court.....these chest thumping is for divide and rule...... Minister also knows about this..... Why not amend cons ution for making women's reservation bill,empowered LoK pal, Qualifications for minister, retirement age for politicians..Right to job????...
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            Prasann Singh
            Dec 26, 2017 at 2:15 pm
            No problem, pls try it to change cons ution, for what you here . But first fullfill the dream of removing art 370 and making Ram mandir, which bring you here. Choose your words, after checking the back record of your doing. This dividing policy will not help you in Karnataka election, your strategist for election is not Good, pls change him. Have you already recognized lingayat different from hindu, which is your very base to polarise hindu.
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