PM Modi on triple talaq: Enlightened Muslims will lead fight

PM Modi urged the Muslim community to refrain from politicising the triple talaq issue.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Updated: April 30, 2017 9:37 am
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AMID THE nationwide debate over triple talaq, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged Muslims not to view the issue through a “political lens”, and expressed hope that “enlightened members from within the community” would lead efforts to end the practice. Addressing a function to mark Basava Jayanti, in honour of Kannada philosopher Basaveshwara, Modi said: “Teen talaq ko lekar aaj yeh ek bahut badi behes chal rahi hai. Bharat ke mahan parampara ko dekhte hue, mere bheetar ek aasha ka sanchaar ho raha hai… ki is desh me samaj ke bheetar se hi taqatwar log nikalte hain, jo paramparon ko todte hain, nasht karte hain, aadhunik vyavasthaon ko viksit karte hain… Musalman samaj mein se bhi aise prabuddh log paida honge, aage aayenge, aur Muslim betiyon ko, unke saath jo gujar rahi hai, jo beet rahi hai, unke khilaf wo khud ladai ladenge, aur kabhi na kabhi raasta nikalenge.”

(“There is a debate about triple talaq. Looking at the great traditions of our nation, a hope is rising within me… that powerful people will emerge from within the community who will break the traditions, demolish them and develop a modern system… Enlightened people from within the Muslim community will emerge and come forward to fight against all that Muslim daughters have to undergo… They will find a way out.”)

Aur Hindustan ke hi prabuddh Musalman niklenge jo duniya ke Musalmanon ko raasta dikhane ki taaqat rakhte hain. Is dharti ki yeh taaqat hain… Ye Bharat ki mitti ki taqat hai ki teen talaq ke sankat se gujar rahi hamari maataon, behenon ko bachane ke liye usi samaj se log aayenge,” he said.

(“India’s enlightened Muslims will show the way to the rest of the community across the world. This is the strength of the soil of India… that people from within the community will come out to save our mothers and sisters who have to suffer triple talaq.”)

Aur main Musalman samaj ke logon se bhi aagrah karunga ki is masle ko rajniti ke daayre me mat jaane dijiye. Aap aage aaiye, samasya ka samdahan kijiye (I appeal to the Muslim community not to let the issue slip into the realm of politics. Come out and find a solution),” he said.

While his government’s stand against triple talaq has been criticised by prominent Muslim bodies, Modi sought to draw a parallel with Raja Ram Mohan Roy’s fight against social evils. “Society criticised him when he talked of widow re-marriage. But he remained firm… and got it done,” he said.

“People should get homes and access to power without discrimination. Farmers should get fertilisers and insurance benefits without any distinction. That is the meaning of our government’s message of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’,” said Modi.  He also released a digital volume of Basaveshwara’s works, titled Vachan, in 23 languages.  Modi later walked up to the audience to meet the family of Kannada scholar and rationalist M M Kalburgi, who was killed in Karnataka last year.

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    Mariam
    May 1, 2017 at 5:03 pm
    Modi ji apse nibeden hai tahe dil se ye tin talaq radh ho.kahi musalman mahila bina justice k bina jiban barbad ho raha hai.lekin jo issueless talaq de rehe hai wolog apne zindegi aramse ji rehe hai q.modi ji please please apse binti hai ye rad karein jal se.
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      ram
      May 1, 2017 at 3:39 am
      What should enlightened Hindus do about Hindus who have thrown out there wives out without any formalities of any sort.
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        Tushar
        Apr 30, 2017 at 8:26 pm
        Bhaaio aur behno ..mithro aur shathruo ...let's watch IPl.together . 👍👍👍common..are Bhai we all used to be very obbssessed with cricket .and regardless to religion we used to support our country ... Kitna unity ta tab ..dekho ab zamana jaisa hai cricket bhi waisa h nikla..IPL.Nam.PE.ayaa.. Poora desh ko 8/pieces mai divide kardi
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          sanjay khan
          Apr 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm
          THE PEOPLE WHO LOSE THEIR WOMEN IN GAMBLING,THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE AGNI PARIKSHA,MAKE THEM DEVDASI,SATI,CHILD MARRIAGE,THE PEOPLE WHO SHAVE THE HEAD OF WIDOWS AND LEAVE THEM AT BANARAS,THE PEOPLE WHO KILL THEIR DAUGHTERS IN MOTHERS WOMB,THE PEOPLE WHO NEVER GIVE SHARE FROM FATHER'S PROPERTY TO THEIR DAUGHTERS,BURN AND KILL IN THE NAME OF DOWRY THESE PEOPLE ARE TEACHING MUSLIMS ABOUT THE WOMENS RIGHT. SHAME ON U GUYS. ANTI ISLAMIC ISRAELI PROPA A DOESN'T WORK IN INDIA.
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            Ahmed K.
            Apr 30, 2017 at 5:05 pm
            5. It is so that India is a democracy and it has a Cons ution which is its codebook. It prescribes gender equality, as is understood in the modern times. Islam is not for this gender equality. The Cons ution also guarantees freedom to practice one’s religion, and it does not undertake to define one’s professed religion. Now, the Cons ution was framed largely by the Congress, which took along people of all shades of opinion, a true representative of the nation, following truly the credo of ‘sab ka saath’: come together as you are, not as we want. They resolved the conflict through byp ing it, that is, including the demands for a UCC in the non-mandatory Directive Principles. Some say that they acted unfortunately in this regard; I think they acted wisely. Let unnecessary, immaterial distractions be ignored and move on to really important things.
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              Ahmed K.
              Apr 30, 2017 at 5:03 pm
              3. Yes, Islam rules that wife is subordinate to the husband; that is religion, take it or leave it. The husband does have the right to dissolve the marriage unilaterally, the wife does not. Islam definitely is not for gender equality of the kind of leaving the sheep among the wolves on equal terms. Illicit entails death penalty; hence arises the practice of hijab, and segregation of es, to minimize such misfortunes. 4. Really, is there any gender equality anywhere? How many laws are there to protect women from men? How many vice versa? Why alimony is granted to divorced wife?
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                Tushar
                Apr 30, 2017 at 7:50 pm
                Yup. And Islam is the religion with a fore sight , that made a law that minimum three months should be given to the couple's after any of them express their intension to get divorced .this is to make it sure that no womb from her husband is growing in the wife's uterus .. Once it's confirmed they are allowed to part And now the issue is all about the instant talaq made through what's app by some uneducated cowards what happens with one out of 10 million people ... And all Muslims OPPPose that kinda instant divorce m
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                Ahmed K.
                Apr 30, 2017 at 5:01 pm
                1. In all the discussions that I have watched on the TV or read in the print media, two things are remarkable. One is that nobody has evinced any interest in knowing the husbands’ side of the matter leading to the talaq, the second is the reference to plenty of Muslim countries which have banned these practices including even stan, and it is wondered that Indian Muslims are opposing the ban in spite of that. It seems to me that this at least absolves us Indian Muslims of the charge of holding stan as our beholden land. 2. Some have held out the example of the Hindus. Hindus have reformed their laws; they have agreed to the abolition of millenniums old traditional practices of sati, child marriages, etc.; why can’t the Muslims follow suit? Indeed, the question is: why should Muslims follow suit? What Hindus did was of their own choice, Muslims did not interfere or pontificate about what Hindus should do. Please let Muslims decide what they should do to their religious laws....
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                  mumbai
                  Apr 30, 2017 at 4:55 pm
                  Mr. Modi! why cant you convene a public debate on this issue. you can enlghten more people. At least call for press conference and invite some muslim scholars to enlght. 56"????
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                    Tushar
                    Apr 30, 2017 at 7:52 pm
                    He wont do it .if he does public will come. to know that there is no point in what he is talking regarding this .... The moulavies who oppose this doesn't have wisdom of convincing the reason they are opposing it .
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                  2. M
                    mumbai
                    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:52 pm
                    The first PM who is highly trolled. modi modi modi modi....harr harr harr
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                      mumbai
                      Apr 30, 2017 at 3:52 pm
                      you understand the stupidity of your people. take some issues like this and keep your people engaged. as if instigating the dog to towards any man or animal and make the dog always barking at it.
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                        mumbai
                        Apr 30, 2017 at 3:47 pm
                        We are much enlightened. We are waiting for the day to come on which your own people start pelting stone on you. I heard manglore BJP activist was killed by his own sister. You are progressing towards that stage.
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                          khan
                          Apr 30, 2017 at 3:10 pm
                          mr.modi when will you enlighten and take back your abandoned wife
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                            Sheik Mohamed
                            Apr 30, 2017 at 1:22 pm
                            Why NAMO should not ask enlightened Hindus/leaders, to think about plight of women who are being treated as Devdasees in various temples across our country and were being to forced to have physical relations with priests serving in temple and to make them depend independently by empowering them with economical aids by quitting their age old tradition? When you can express too much concern about Muslim ladies why not about Hindu women who are being exploited as Devdasees in Temple?
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                              DILIP
                              Apr 30, 2017 at 2:33 pm
                              Why do uneducated, illiterate , mad ra ssa brainwashed muslims needs to REFORM and change mind set:Because they forcibly mutilate muslim women and deprive them of or ga sams, to subjugate them as sxx slaves, to discourage under age sxx, to sttop wife beating and honour killings, not treat muslim women as catteles and vent their sxx ual lusts and fantasies on their four wives, not to practice gender inequality and misogyny and so on. Hindus have REFORMED and Evolving with time , do not fret. In West that is why Hindus are the most progressive and prosperous communities, whilst the Muslims in the west fester in Ghettos and sponce off the host society. Do you witness hindu exodus to the West like we see every day of Muslims to the WEST? Be wise and question your believe syytem, it is inferior.
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                                Tushar
                                Apr 30, 2017 at 8:10 pm
                                Ignore this dileep ... He is not even worth to be read 👍
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                                natraj
                                Apr 30, 2017 at 11:45 am
                                person who cannot father child even after three yrs of marriage is talking - why all chaddis are unmarried - medical potency test shold be done - OSHO rajnesh has said a man without women is not only abnormal but also perverted
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                                  Truth
                                  Apr 30, 2017 at 10:44 am
                                  Enlighened muslims might soon lead a fight against you if you don't control your Gaugoons !
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                                    Indian
                                    Apr 30, 2017 at 11:28 am
                                    biggest GOONS are MUSLIMS who were INDIAN MUSLIMS for more than 700 years and then opted to be PA-KI MUSLIMS in 1947. ..... Any PAK HINDU can be thrown in JAIL without BAIL to FACE DEATH PENALTY if FOUR PA-KIS complain to PA-KI POLICE that they have heard that PAK HINDU abuse ALLAH, QURAN or MU-HAM-MAD under PAK BLA-SH-EMY LAW. ............. Knowing how Pak Police work, the BLA-SHE-MY LAW is tool for TERRO-RISING PAK HI-NDUS permanently.
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                                      mumbai
                                      Apr 30, 2017 at 3:50 pm
                                      Sir you need rest. I know that you will not accept it. However no one can change your destiny. now you are talking this. before your parents prior to that your g parents. your g children also will be keep on saying this.
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                                        Tushar
                                        Apr 30, 2017 at 8:13 pm
                                        Mumbai 😂😂😂. He is one among those who is appointed to provoke do that a violence take place .. Let him bark and let the people know about him and the party NE represent through his Cowardness
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                                      vnksk
                                      Apr 30, 2017 at 9:10 am
                                      There are few enlightened muslim males and they hardly have any voice in their community, which is cotrolled by Mullas and OIS.
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                                        mustafa
                                        May 1, 2017 at 6:07 am
                                        sorry brother you have got it all wrong. Islam does not have any hierachy system like many other religions. We have imams and we have scholars who can be reached for guidance and understanding the scriptures better. There is no mullah or any high priest who controls the community. We have been encouraged by the holy quran to ask questions and seek knowledge. All this garb about controlled by mullahs is another piece of myth and misinformation being spread for a long time by the head priest of nagpur and his blind followers
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                                        Indian
                                        Apr 30, 2017 at 8:55 am
                                        MUSLIM MEN & MULLAHS FEAR that if Secular Civilised Laws are made for all Indians irrespective of their religion, MOST MUSLIM WOMEN will seek justice from Court of Law "DUMPING QURAN & SHARIA" which will be a big BLOW to ISLAM. .......... If MUSLIM MEN have FAITH in ISLAM, QURAN, SHARIA & MUSLIM WOMEN let them allow such LAWS be p ed as CIVIL LAWS so that it is not COGNIZABLE and only the affected parties- Wife & Children can seek justice from court. After all the WOMEN who have seeking JUSTICE in SC against TRIPLE TALAQ are MUSLIM WOMEN.
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                                          Tushar
                                          Apr 30, 2017 at 8:14 pm
                                          Mr Indian ...ahh don't skip medicines bhai... Ajkal hate mongers ka bato ko koi dhyan nahi deta
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                                            mustafa
                                            May 1, 2017 at 6:14 am
                                            there is no need for muslims to fear because if you have broken the law the law will take its own course..Any indian is free to approach the court of law if they feel they have been oppressed , illtreated or victimised. If there are certain elements who out of ignorance or for vested interests are mani ting and misusing rules and laws to suit their needs then there are ways to correct it.Nobody is stopping the muslim women to go to court even today. This w issue of triple talaq is a non issue been politicized by the saffron brigade to create disunity and unrest amongst the entire po tion and so sorry to see even the self acclaimed modern day visionary falling prey or rather leading this march to nowhere....
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                                            Apte
                                            Apr 30, 2017 at 8:30 am
                                            1. Though we must debate triple talaq, there is no need for politics over it. But All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which claims to represent all Muslims in India, does not think so. This Board does not accept that triple talaq needs to be banned though it is already banned in many Muslim countries. 2. How does one protect interests of a minority community? Is it by becoming more fundamentalist? Important point to be noted in connection with Muslim politics in our country is that poverty and illiteracy are two factors which work against the Muslims. Related question is this: Has preference for education in tradition bound Urdu medium schools (Madrasa) deprived poor Muslims of better educational opportunities? Why should the Muslims refuse to be part of the mainstream? I believe that the enlightened Muslim community in our country must do some soul searching and then they will realize that without secular politics both their community and the Hindus will be losers in the long run.
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                                              You.will.love.the.Last.statement
                                              Apr 30, 2017 at 8:24 am
                                              I just can't believe this: It is now worldly knowledge that arya-brahmin piglets have been trying to provoke Muslims, Hindus(minus brahmins), Christians, Buddhists, and all linguists. BUT WHAT IS ABSOLUTELY SUSPRISING IS THAT MODI OFFERING HIMSELF AS THE MIDDLE FINGER OF ARYA-BRAHMINS TO PLAY WITH THE A S S OLES OF OTHER RELIGIONS.
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                                                Indian
                                                Apr 30, 2017 at 8:46 am
                                                MUSLIM MEN & MULLAHS FEAR that if Laws against Triple Talaq are made MOST MUSLIM WOMEN will seek justice Court of Law "DUMPING QURAN & SHARIA" which will be a big BLOW to ISLAM. ...................... Using abusive language against INDIAN PM cannot hide that FEAR
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                                                sikan_der
                                                Apr 30, 2017 at 8:23 am
                                                And who will talk about such shameless people who have left their wives without giving them a single talaaq , left them hanging in uncertainity in their deplorable plight and made them des utes. I m sure their are lakhs of such women in your community and it is more pressing issue mr. Enlightened
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                                                  Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                                                  Apr 30, 2017 at 8:22 am
                                                  TRIPPLE TALAQ is a joke written in the book of jokes called Quran by the joker called pedo M,----Jai hind.
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