Jamiat conference: Ghulam Azad draws parallel between RSS, Islamic State; Sangh protests

Minutes later, Nandkumar repeated the statement before journalists in Nagaur, where the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the Sangh’s highest decision making body, has gathered.

Written by Naveed Iqbal , Mahim Pratap Singh | New Delhi | Nagaur | Published:March 13, 2016 1:13 am
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Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday sought to draw a parallel between the RSS and Islamic State (IS), evoking sharp responses from the Hindutva outfit and the BJP.

Addressing thousands of Muslim scholars who gathered in the capital for the National Integration Conference organised by Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind, the Congress leader said, “We have seen that among Muslims too, those who have become the reason for death and destruction in Muslim countries… even if there are some powerful nations behind it, why are Muslims joining this? We are opposed to organisations like IS as much as we are opposed to the RSS.”

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He added that the situation in the country was being made to look like a fight between Hindus and Muslims, but is actually a fight between sectarianism and secularism.

“If among us, someone does something that is not correct, they are no less than the RSS. This is why, whether it is Hindu sectarianism, Muslim sectarianism or Sikh sectarianism, we have to fight sectarianism in all its forms, because it is cancerous to the world and to our nation,” he said.

Azad also read a message from Congress president Sonia Gandhi at the gathering. In her message, Sonia expressed concern over the spread of hatred by the “powers that be.” She said the country is passing through a critical phase and “communal forces, under a deep-rooted conspiracy, are damaging the unity of the country.”

Maulana Arshad Madani, president of the Jamiat, said the situation in the country was “extremely destructive”. He added: “India has been divided once before based on hatred and if hatred continues to be spread in the country, it can get divided again.”

He added: “MPs are saying that ‘if terrorism has to end, Islam will have to end.’ How can this government not rein in such members?”

Reacting to Azad’s remarks, the RSS said such statements showed the Congress’s intellectual bankruptcy. The organisation’s all-India prachar pramukh, Manmohan Vaidya, and later its sah-prachar pramukh J Nandkumar issued statements condemning the Congress leader’s remarks.

“Mr Azad comparing ISIS with RSS exhibits the intellectual bankruptcy of Congress… and its unwillingness to deal with fundamentalist and cruel forces like ISIS,” Vaidya was quoted as saying in tweets by the Sangh’s official Twitter handle.

Minutes later, Nandkumar repeated the statement before journalists in Nagaur, where the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the Sangh’s highest decision making body, has gathered.

The BJP, too, demanded an apology from Azad. The party said it was “unfortunate” that Azad had made such comments and asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to disassociate from his remarks and take action against him if he does not withdraw them.

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    Mar 12, 2016 at 10:45 pm
    Utterly nonsensical
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      Chander Pal
      Mar 13, 2016 at 6:29 am
      For these ultra sick sickulars every Hindu or a Hindu eny is communal and every Muslim is a secular because of vote bank politics. Nehru divided India on religious lines and yet made Hindus to agree to accept Muslims in the name of sickular politics. And now these negative people want to hijack our nationalism
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        Chander Pal
        Mar 13, 2016 at 12:41 am
        I am sure this sick sickular has now gone anti human for he can not distinguish between good and bad. For these anti Hindu ultras every Muslim is a vote and must be complemented. Down down gulam down down.
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          Haradhan Mandal
          Mar 13, 2016 at 4:29 am
          Calling the 'sangh' or its many fronts communal (or Fascist by the so called 'Left leaders') helps them. They also love it - when they are called 'communal' (or 'Hindu Nationalist' by Western Media). They use quite often the bogey (from many such) in Independent India. 'Christian Missionary and large scale Forceful conversion'. If that was true (then ) - why did NOT they fight against British Govt (along the NATION wide FREEDOM Movement) They OFTEN use such bogeys/pet theories because they use communal tags/cloaks/rhetoric so as (1) broad base their appeal from one caste/caste-group among the rest and to bring all of them under their fold/control - (2) AND to hide their CORE caste-organization ideny.
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            IML sood
            Mar 13, 2016 at 6:43 am
            Why to worry,who cares for this discarded leader whom his own has disowned now.Not he but some others are also against nationalist forces but w country has woken now after JNU incident and no one is going to believe such anti national views and result is almost visible. The worry for such people is that they have been spotted and their tricks like present time Kujli tricks are not going to work more with awakened Indian and their existence is at stake.
          2. I
            Mar 13, 2016 at 6:10 am
            These Congis exceed the limit of decency
            1. M
              Mar 12, 2016 at 10:06 pm
              This time No chocolates Ghulam Nabi!
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                BHAGWAT GOEL
                Mar 13, 2016 at 5:01 am
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