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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.
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