India will be betraying Muslims if it abandons Kashmir: Akbar

The BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member also stoked the intolerance debate again.

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Published: February 4, 2016 12:36 am

The Indo-Pak conflict wasn’t rooted in Geography but in ideology, BJP leader MJ Akbar said here Wednesday.

“India cannot abandon Kashmir precisely because it has Muslims… the Muslim is an equal citizen of India… the day you abandon Kashmir, you betray me. We are not a two nation theory… We are a one nation theory, “ he said during a session at the Counter Terrorism Conference here.

The BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member also stoked the intolerance debate again, saying India was the only country that allowed “audible” equality of all faiths in practice and those who talked about leaving the country should go and see if they could hear the Azaan in Washington.

“Secularism is a French word that (as it is) doesn’t apply to India. It either means separation of Church and State or the Marxist definition of elimination of religion.

“In India, all religions are equal not just in law but in society and in practice. My country is the only one where you hear the Azaan before dawn, followed by Hanuman temple bells, the Guru Granth Sahib and church bells. Nowhere else…will you get all this…audible,” he said.

“Those who talk about leaving the country… I challenge them to go hear the Azaan in Washington and then do a definitive report on the subject, “ Akbar added.

Talking about the Islamic State’s perceived geographic dominance designs, Akbar said Islam in itself had never been a sufficient factor for political unity of Islamic nations or there wouldn’t have been 22 Arabic countries.

“Since 1918, the sense of loss is deepest where there’s been a memory of power. And so the major theatre of conflict has been concentrated in the remnants of the Mughal empire and the Ottoman empire. At the heart of it is the romance of regression (and) the inability of many Muslim societies to come to terms with the modern world.

“Interestingly, the two principal countries of the Mughal and the Ottoman empires — India and Turkey — opted for modernity,” he said.

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  1. S
    Feb 4, 2016 at 5:17 pm
    mr akhbar in washington and other cities and country goverment does not decide what to eat and what not to eat in washington they do destroy masjid
    1. K
      Feb 4, 2016 at 9:10 pm
      Akbar can stick some rubber where the sun doesent shine.
      1. I
        Feb 4, 2016 at 7:14 pm
        Mr. Akbar is an intelligent citizen of Ghalib, Sahir, Kaifi, Jafri qualities of mind. People should think , and reflect over his ideas. Indian Muslims, if they were to listen to Mr. Akbar than to their Mullas and Maulavis, would cut a good figure. At the going rate, Islam, as practiced worldwide, is destined for the dumps. Islam yearns for power it will never get. Islam should make thoughts about surviving while Hindus ar well on their way to Supr Power one day sooner than later. So ar eblowing the winds of change. Christians and Jews are just too powerful for Islam. And then, on battlefield, Muslims always prove cowards; they run away from fight. Arabs have shown it, stanis have shown it, and every other Islam fanatic. The methods they employ now are born of cowardice. If they are truly brave, why not prove it on battlefield?
        1. Raghu Panjala
          Feb 4, 2016 at 5:55 am
          Akbar should also explain about beef ban, killing dalits and muslims for eating. For all the so called equality, a muslim cant find a flat in Mumbai and hindus still practise untouchability. why arent such Brahmin practises banned? Where are you taking us ? We know abut Hindusim and Indian being liberal. Our duty is to make ti more liberal and not take it backwards like chaddis do
          1. K
            Feb 4, 2016 at 8:59 am
            "They (BRAhmins )kept away from learning Sanskrit "one lady commented. Is it now also ?why about past? Why even now Tamilnadu government objected to sanskrit week?Is it so easy to learn sanskrit ?if you cannot pronounce properly ,meaning changes and it is not sacred for chanting. these are some rituals which has to be followed. Gita is a complusorysubject in an MBA college in New jersey .May be so many countries.I remember Nehru given Gita to Kennedy. so much criticism of its own culture in the land.
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