Manmohan Singh quotes Iqbal: Religion doesn’t preach ill-will against each other

Manmohan Singh emphasised on the need for unity in national interest. "We all Indians have to work together and protect national interest (Hum Hindustan mein rehne wale tamam baashindon ko kandhe se kandha mila kar Hindustan ki hifazat karni hai)," he said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 30, 2017 12:23 pm
Manmohan Singh Narendra Modi, Manmohan Singh Lynching Haryana, Manmohan Singh Religious Harmony, Not in My name, Indian express, India news Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh quoted Iqbal saying “Mazhab nahin sikhata aapas mein bair rakhna” (Religion doesn’t preach ill-will against each other)”

Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi denounced mob lynchings in the name of cow protection, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed concerns about the kind of atmosphere being created in the name of religion in the country.

“The atmosphere being created in the name of religion reminds me of Iqbal’s couplet (Mazhab ke naam pe jo galat asar phailaya ja rha hai, mujhe Allama Iqbal ki ek nazm yaad aati hai)…’Mazhab nahin sikhata aapas mein bair rakhna” (Religion doesn’t preach ill-will against each other),” Singh said while speaking at an Eid Milan function organised in Delhi.

His comments come close on the heels of “Not in My Name” protests held across cities that underscored a spate of mob killings in the country, most recently of a 15-year-old boy, Mohammad Junaid, on a Delhi-Mathura train.

Emphasising on communal harmony and peace, the former PM, as quoted by news agency ANI, said: “We should create an atmosphere that is in accordance with the path shown by our Constitution and the law. Strengthen brotherhood and embrace each other (Hamare qanoon aur Constitution ne hamein jo sabak diya hai, aisa mahaul paida karein, bhaichare se gale milein).

Singh also stressed on the need for unity for the sake of national interest. “We all Indians have to work together and protect national interest (Hum Hindustan mein rehne wale tamam baashindon ko kandhe se kandha mila kar Hindustan ki hifazat karni hai)”, ANI quoted him as saying.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flayed self-styled ‘gau rakshaks’ and said killing people in the name of protecting the cow was “unacceptable” that Mahatma Gandhi would never approve of.

On Wednesday, thousands of people congregated at Jantar Mantra in Delhi and several other cities under the banner of “Not in My Name” to raise voice against the recent incidents of lynching.

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    Happy Infidel
    Jul 2, 2017 at 11:50 pm
    Did Manmohan Singh read the scriptures of other religions himself, or is he like so many gullible Indians merely quoting time honoured clichés? Would he like to explain Ghazwatul Hind?
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      Santosh Chaube
      Jul 2, 2017 at 10:26 am
      "Allam Iqbal' sowed the seeds of discord in Jinnah's mind for creation of Pakistan which proved to be the reason for the biggest communal divide of this nation and the ensuing genocide. Economists are poor Historians...
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        George Cruz
        Jul 1, 2017 at 8:06 pm
        The true facts are that Manmohan Singh was a pseudo secular nut who supported congress party's religious divide based on religion/caste courting Muslims for vote bank, soft on Islamic terror in Kashmir which resulted Mumbai terror attack where hundreds of innocent Indian citizens were slaughtered by the Islamic thugs from Pak, his preaching about religion is hollow/empty, and overall a major failure as a PM of India in spite possessing degrees.
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          Rauf
          Jul 1, 2017 at 7:28 pm
          Singh is the King ,,, he is highly educated and Modi cant even fit himself to Singh Sleepers
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            Indrani Chakravarti
            Jul 1, 2017 at 12:32 pm
            Ye baat WB, Kerala, Bihar ko bhi sikhaye to janu.
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              Shrikant
              Jul 1, 2017 at 7:10 am
              Iqbal might have written it, but if he was so comfortable then why he migrated to Pakistan. It shows that in the heart he was communal, that is why he wanted to stay in an Islamic country. When many liberal Muslim with true secular views stayed back in India, what forced iqbal to migrate to Pakistan.
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                AD
                Jul 1, 2017 at 10:31 am
                Well, he didn't migrate because he died in 1937. However, the idea of Pakistan was purely his thought process. The Lahore international airport is named after him.
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                Vikram
                Jul 1, 2017 at 6:10 am
                So nowadays a killing is communal but during Congress rule it was murder and "unfortunate incidence". The elements that once used religion and caste divides to beg for votes have united against the government of the day to manufacture more and more lies in an attempt to get back votes in 2019. Singh is incredibly speaking more as a non PM than he was PM! His Madam handler would only let him speak scripted stuff.
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                  Anjam Desi
                  Jul 1, 2017 at 5:37 am
                  Has he even read the Kuran to make that statement? Either he hasnt and is hoping it preaches tolerance or he is a liar being used by his party to fool non-Muslims. Either way people are smarter.
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