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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