Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma speaks: Despite being a Muslim, APJ Abdul Kalam was a nationalist

Mahesh Sharma in a meeting of culture ministers of BJP-ruled states had said: “We will cleanse every area of public discourse that has been westernised and where Indian culture and civilisation needs to be restored."

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 18, 2015 12:53 pm
kalam-mahesh-sharma759 Mahesh Sharma told a meeting of culture ministers of BJP-ruled states: “We will cleanse every area of public discourse that has been westernised and where Indian culture and civilisation needs to be restored.”

Days after he promised to purge Indian culture of “polluting” and “western” influences, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma has described former President A P J Abdul Kalam as a “great man” who was a “nationalist” and a “humanist” “despite being a Muslim”.

In an interview to India Today TV, Sharma, while justifying the decision to change the name of Aurangzeb Road to A P J Abdul Kalam Road, said: “Mein samajhta hoon ki Aurangzeb koi adarsh nahin the. Prernasrot hi prerak ho sakta hai. Aurangzeb Road ka bhi naam badal kar ek aise mahapurush ke naam par kiya hai jo Musalmaan hote hue bhi itna bada rashtravadi aur manavtavadi insaan tha, APJ Abdul Kalam, unke naam par kiya gaya hai (I don’t think Aurangzeb was an ideal person. Only a source of inspiration can be inspirational. Aurangzeb Road has been named after such a great man who, despite being a Muslim, was a nationalist and a humanist, A P J Abdul Kalam. The road has been named after him).”

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On Thursday, when The Indian Express asked him about his remark, he said: “I only said Kalam was a rashtravadi Muslim.”

Earlier, Sharma told a meeting of culture ministers of BJP-ruled states: “We will cleanse every area of public discourse that has been westernised and where Indian culture and civilisation needs to be restored, be it history we read, our cultural heritage or our institutions that have been polluted over years.”

He has also spoken on introducing tales from Gita, Ramayana and Mahabharat in school curriculum, and about western “encroachment” on Indian culture.

“India has witnessed western encroachment of our culture to the extent that if we talk about our culture then the so-called intellectuals call it saffronisation. It pains me. Our country’s strength has been our rich heritage and culture, and it pains me when the West encroaches upon it. I am not saying that we should reject the good that the West offers, but our culture should prosper along with it,” Sharma told The Indian Express in an interview recently.

 

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    ha ha
    Sep 18, 2015 at 6:51 pm
    Aryan pride, cleansing, purging, 'swachch'-ing, inculcating feelings of superiority by perpetuating jingoistic nationalism...aah, no, I am just being paranoid. BS out!
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      ha ha
      Sep 18, 2015 at 6:53 pm
      Aryan pride, cleansing, purging, 'swachch'-ing, inculcating feelings of superiority by perpetuating jingoistic nationalism...aah, no, I am just being paranoid. BS out!
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        C Siddarth
        Sep 18, 2015 at 11:46 am
        Why does this paper hav such a problem with Indian Culture. This is exactly the problem that the minister is talking about. He may be crude in his way of putting it but it's true today that we as a people, are ashamed of our great heritage. We need more belief in our ideny.
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          TIHAEwale
          Sep 18, 2015 at 9:14 am
          Mahesh chale saande ka tel bechne
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            WhatAcountry
            Sep 18, 2015 at 7:50 am
            Can anyone name one RSS martyr who laid down his life in selfless service for the nation.
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              WhatAcountry
              Sep 18, 2015 at 7:47 am
              Lot of Muslims organizations fought for indias freedom but RSS cowards was nowhere to be seen.
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                Achal M
                Nov 28, 2015 at 10:26 am
                What do you mean despite being a Muslim - how dare you say that. Meet me in person what is patriotism I will show you. You only falsly misinterpreting Muslims as non nationalist. It's kind of hidden agenda circulating nationwide just to spread hatrednes. Be aware you all how Bjp came into existence with the name of hindutva only.. Thats why people are becoming intolerant add other sect people also stay in this country its a Democrat country respect every one. Come and call for anything millions of Muslims stand for the country.. Stop deviding the country.
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                  Afzal Ahmad
                  Sep 19, 2015 at 1:02 am
                  Instead of being part of their stupidity, When s speak, it is better to remain silent
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