Indian Muslims are nationalists who oppose terror: Rajnath Singh

"Muslims in India are nationalists. They have always opposed such (terror) elements," the Union Home Minister said.

By: Press Trust of India | Lucknow | Published:May 24, 2015 5:44 pm
Rajnath Singh, Narendra Modi, Chhattisgarh naxalites Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the BJP workers meeting in Lucknow on Saturday. (Source: PTI Photo)

Contending that terrorism should not be associated with any particular religion, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said Muslims in India are nationalists who have always opposed terrorist elements. He lauded India’s Muslims for not allowing fundamentalist groups like ISIS to influence them.

Responding to questions here after an event, he said terrorism should not be associated with a particular religion. “Muslims in India are nationalists. They have always opposed such (terror) elements. They have opposed and demoralised them,” the Union Home Minister said. He said several countries in the world are facing the menace of terrorism and they should fight unitedly against it.

To a question regarding naxalism, Singh said, “Though I don’t believe in the figures, if one focusses on last 10 to 15 years, then there has been a decline of 20 per cent to 25 per cent in the last one year.” With regard to questions being raised by opposition over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign visits, Singh said all his predecessors have travelled abroad but the “warm welcome” accorded to Modi showed that the country’s goodwill and prestige is rising.

“The questions being raised over PM’s foreign visits are unfortunate. All PMs including Manmohan Singh have undertaken foreign visits. The warm welcome being accorded to PM Modi is evidence that the country’s goodwill and prestige is rising. The world has started taking India seriously,” Singh said on the sidelines of a programme organised by Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya Mission.

Earlier, addressing the function, he said great personalities should not be associated with any particular party and Mahamana should have been conferred with Bharat Ratna long back for the contribution he made. By establishing Banaras Hindu University, Mahamana made an important contribution in linking traditional knowledge with modern science, he said.

He also discussed about personality and contribution of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In another programme when asked about Mumbai serial blast mastermind Dawood Ibrahim, Singh said he had already made a statement in Parliament.

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    Edrich Miranda
    May 24, 2016 at 2:12 pm
    Whether Muslims, Christians, Sikhs or otherwise, we do not need a certificate from the home minister in his personal or official capacity, we don't need to prove our innocence, let him prove our purported guilt.
    1. A
      May 25, 2015 at 7:09 pm
      This 'Home Ministers' ingredient for nature vote banks to ignite communal tensions.
      1. K
        May 24, 2015 at 9:57 pm
        Since when did Islam become a religion of Peace, maybe PIECE.
        1. C
          May 24, 2015 at 10:41 pm
          He will change his tune after state elections.
          1. D
            May 25, 2015 at 10:58 am
            Ask any Muslims of India if they want to move to stan and answer is absolutely NO NO and NO!!! Ask any Muslims of stan if they want to move to India. And most would say YES YES and YES. There is your answer. We all should be happy for Jinnah who made the biggest BER of his life. He admitted that on his deathbed to Liaquat Ali Khan.
            1. A
              May 25, 2015 at 6:26 am
              BUDDY ................... Indian Muslim DO NOT need certificate from Sangh Sympathiser .................... The role of Darul Ullom Deoband in freedom struggle is known to all Hindus. Same way the role of Hindu Maha Sabha in licking British shoes is also known. WHY this sudden change? ................ you came to POWER after terrorist act of Martyrdom of Babri Masjid and you talk about NATIONALISM. Nayionalisn of your govt. is open to all. You are going to build statue of Sardar and Shivaji by contracting them to MNCs. And that too you have GRABBED the tribal lands for Sardar statue.
              1. G
                May 27, 2015 at 8:48 pm
                Regarding parion, I was advocating vigilance the AIMIM, Jehadists and Zakir Naiks need to be curbed. Provide a secular education to people and get them out of this death spiral of Jehad. Which part of this sounds defeatist to you?
                1. G
                  May 25, 2015 at 1:32 am
                  What Rajnath said is true, but there are strong currents. The nation should be vigilant against the rising sympathy for International terrorism/Jehad, the Zakir Naiks, Geelanis and the AIMIM type organizations pushing for muslim enlements. This will lead to another parion. India has paid enough already, hasn't it?
                  1. P
                    May 25, 2015 at 1:13 am
                    Modibhai stop working relentlessly for ambanis adanis you are the PM of India not Gujarat and your job is not done for middle cl and poor Indians irrespective of caste or creed. What happened to toilet building inflation you are working as a businessman. Traveling to foreign countries hasnt helped the poor to get their daily bread, the people who voted for you had invested to get food shelter and clothing and protection from crimes.
                    1. J
                      May 24, 2015 at 7:38 pm
                      Ihope what he says is true
                      1. k
                        May 24, 2015 at 11:53 pm
                        “Muslims in India are nationalists. They have always opposed such (terror) elements. This is the reason they should go to stan.
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                          Mahender Goriganti
                          May 25, 2015 at 12:37 am
                          We can continues pretend that Indian Muslims are any different than any others as most Muslims did say or do anything to counter ISIS that living up to Muslim ethos and how it spread with terror as a means to condor the world, that how it spread in India. It is politically incorrect for media, history and politicians to accept that fact that ISIS is in its true form of Islam as practiced until recently in most parts of the world even now in Saudi Arabia.
                          1. P
                            May 25, 2015 at 9:18 am
                            That is big mistake of HM ,praising traitors end up abusive
                            1. R
                              May 24, 2015 at 7:40 pm
                              No Hindu or Muslim or whatever, just Indian. If India does this successfully, it will succeed.
                              1. R
                                RN Awasthi
                                May 24, 2015 at 9:29 pm
                                Rajnath Singh is certificates distribution spree and why? Who asked him to talk such things like advising stan to give up terror as if they were all dumb heads like him. To me Modi ji looks a bit unlucky in having a HM like him who is clear as to what should his duties be. Why should he not clear rail track of Gujjars? Thank God fast /bullet trains is yet to appear but do we ever deserve such things. What is the provocation for him to shoot his hips on stan or a certficate to Muslim.
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                                  Sanjay Bhattacharya
                                  May 24, 2015 at 7:58 pm
                                  Rajnath Singh's ertion that Indian Muslims are nationalists will help build up the confidence of Muslims to take part in nation building. The artificial barrier between the two communities have been created by Congress through years of playing communal politics for vote bank. Once Muslims come out of the vote bank mind set, they will find Hindus are eager to embrace them.
                                  1. P
                                    May 25, 2015 at 11:30 am
                                    For your information, HM has not given any certificate..He merely stated a fact that terrorism cannot be linked to any religion. As of Babri Masjid demolition, it was a structure built by an invader on a place where millions of Hindus worship as the birth place of Ram. For muslims its just a peice of land..Had Muslims were tolerant, the forceful demolition would not have happened as VHP very much offered a g mosque to be built elsewhere so that Ayodhya is spared..About other things, just apply burnol to get a relief for your heart burns.
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                                      vasoo kamulkar
                                      May 25, 2015 at 5:42 pm
                                      Vasoo Kamulkar Dear GuestfromIndia, Being the Home Minister of Sindhusthaan, Rajnath Singhji has to say the politically correct things. We have to absorb it with a pinch of (Epsom) salt. Have you noticed that whenever the UK Prime Minister Camera On visits Sindhusthaan, he gives out a pleasing smile although he pionately hates the Sindhus and Sindhusthaan (Hindus and India)? That is the politically correct thing for him to do. As they say in Marathee, “ Hatteeche Dat khayache Wegalay ani Daakhawaayache Wegalay!” An elephant has two sets of teeth; one for eating and the other for exhibition-(Ivory). Do read Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s book on stan and Arun Shourie’s books, ‘The Indian Controversies’ and ‘The World of Fatwa’. Muslims can never be nationalists. Their nationalism is Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his Koran. Remember what Khan Brothers of the Khilafat movement used to say that they would prefer even a Muslim murderer to Mahatma hi! And mind you hi was helping them for the Khilafat movement. The Ali Brothers and hi were then craving for not the Indian nationalism but the Turkish or Arabic nationalism! I must, however, strongly record my unhappiness about your defeatist atude for the second parion! Perhaps you weren’t born (I belong to the previous generation) when Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his Muslim League had declared in Lucknow that, “No Muslim would ever dream of cohabiting with a Hindu and that they wanted a separate nation. The kind British May Baap Sarkar was then ever ready to concede to that. Hence after the creation of stan pursuant to the page of the Independence of India Act, 1947, all Muslims forfeited their right to remain in India. Rajnath Singh’s Muslims are NOT the Indian Muslims but the “Muslims in India”. They are just immigrants-guests. If they cannot like it here being,’ Dar al Herb’ then they must pack their bags and go with their burqa-clad women to their country, stan-, ‘Dar al Islam’. They cannot think of turning Sindhusthaan into Dar al Islam.
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