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Secular word is the biggest lie, says Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath

Yogi Adityanath also said “distorting history was no less a crime than sedition”, and claimed that the word “Paki” was the “biggest insult” used in Europe.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Raipur | Updated: November 14, 2017 6:50 am
Yogi Adityanath, Adityanath on Secularism, Secularism, BJP, Chhattisgarh elections Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (File Photo)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said that the word “secular” was the “biggest lie” that has been told since Independence, and has damaged the country. The BJP leader also said that “distorting history was no less a crime than sedition”, and claimed that the word “Paki” was the “biggest insult” used in Europe.

Responding to a question on communalism and secularism at a function organised by the Dainik Jagran group in Raipur, Adityanath said, “Mera maanna hai ki azadi ke baad Bharat mein sabse bada jhooth dharmnirpeksh shabd hai. Nagrikon ke saath, Bharat ke logon ke saath… un logon ko maafi maangni chahiye, jinhone is shabd ko janm diya aur jo yeh shabd istemaal karte hai… koi vyavastha dharmnirpeksh nahin ho sakti. Rajneetik vyavastha panthnirpeksh ho sakti hai. Agar koi humse kahega ki shasan us upasna vidhi se chalni chahiye, toh nahin chal sakti. UP ke andar dekhunga to 22 crore logon ko dekhna hoga. Mein in logon ke suraksha ke prati, unki bhavnaon ke prati javabdeh hoon. Lekin ek samuday ka dushtikaran karne ke liye bhi nahin baitha hoon. Panthnirpeksh ho lekin dharmnirpeksh nahin ho sakta” (I believe that the word secular is the biggest lie since Independence. Those that have given birth to this lie and those that use it should apologise to the people and this country. No system can be secular. Political system can be sect-neutral. If someone were to say that government has to be run by one way of prayer, that is not possible. In UP, I have to look at 22 crore people and I am answerable for their security and their feelings. But I am not sitting here to ruin one community either. You can be sect-neutral but not secular).

Referring to India’s standing in the West during the interaction, Adityanath claimed that the words “Pakistan” and “Paki” carried a derogatory connotation in Europe. “Europe mein sabse badi apmaan-janak shabd hai to voh Paki shabd hai. Pakistan shabd hi gaali ka prayaylay ho gaya hai (Paki has become an scornful word in Europe. The word Pakistan itself has become a synonym for abuse),” he said.

Earlier, delivering a short address at the interaction, Adityanath said, “Itihas ko tod-marod ke prastut karna, rashtradroh se kam nahin (Distorting history is no less a crime that sedition).”

The UP Chief Minister also attended a felicitation organised by the BJP in a separate function at the indoor stadium in Raipur, where he targeted the Congress for committing mistakes that led to terrorism, Naxalism and separatism in parts of the country.

Congress ne is desh ki mool bhavnayon ke saath khilvaad kiya. Apne swarth ke liye is desh ko jaati ke naam par, bhasha ke naam par, kshetra ke naam par vibhajit kya. Desh mein kahin aatankvaad, kahin naxalvaad, kahin algavaad ko janm diya. Uksi keemat ye desh aaj bhi chuka raha hai… Humare liye sampoorna Bharat ek parivar hai. (The Congress played with the core emotions of this country. For its own selfish aims, it divided the country on the lines of caste, region, language. There is terrorism somewhere, Naxalism somewhere, separatism somewhere. We are still paying the price… for us, the entire country is one complete family),” he said.

Comparing the Narendra Modi government to “Ram Rajya”, he said that while the Prime Minister understands the pain of the people, the Congress does not.

Adityanath said that Chhattisgarh goes to polls in exactly a year and exhorted BJP workers to begin preparations. The BJP was out in full force at the party event, with slogans of “Jai Shri Ram” renting the air, and many Chhattisgarh ministers garlanding Adityanath and touching his feet.

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    Jayanti lal
    Nov 17, 2017 at 5:48 pm
    In the preamble of the cons ution of India there was no words like secular and socialist as adopted on 26th Jan 1950. These words were incorporated in the cons ution in the year 1976 during emergency period by the Prime Minister Smt Indira Gandhi without any definition.It has caused lot of ambiguities because different political parties and persons interpreted these word as per their interests and choice.It is high time proper definition of these word are given in the cons ution or or should be removed from it . Original Preamble we the people of India with fundamental rights to every citizen is sufficient for proper administration and welfare of every citizen of the country.
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      Sangat Singh
      Nov 17, 2017 at 4:58 pm
      Yogi should have researched the TRUE MEANING OF SECULARISM before opening his mouth but, then, Yogi is Yogi?
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        Insaan
        Nov 16, 2017 at 10:20 pm
        भारत और पाकिस्तान में अंग्रेजी लिखने बोलने व विदेशी भाषा में सोचने वाले लोग दो-धारी तलवार हैं| राजनीति में देश द्रोही तत्वों को समर्थन देते ऐसे लोगों ने पाकिस्तान में मुल्लाओं और भारत में हिन्दू-विरोधी धर्मनिरपेक्षता द्वारा दोनों देशों के सामान्य नागरिकों का जीना दूभर कर रखा है| मेरा व्यक्तिगत अनुभव है कि दोनों देशों के सामान्य नागरिक आज भी दिल में एक दूसरे लिए सद्भावना बनाए हुए हैं लेकिन यहाँ अंग्रेजी में टिप्पणी करते दोनों देश से काले-अंग्रेज आज भी मुट्ठी भर शत्रुओं का साथ दे रहे हैं| पूछे जाने पर मुख्य-मंत्री योगी आदित्यनाथ द्वारा प्रस्तुत व्यक्तिगत वक्तव्य जो अपने में बिलकुल सत्य का प्रतीक है, उसे क्रूरता-पूर्ण ढंग से उछाल कर इन दो-धारी तलवारों ने देश में राष्ट्रवादी शासन पर निर्भर गरीब और अनपढ़ जनसमूह पर सीधा प्रहार किया है| मैं तो कहूँगा “धर्मनिरपेक्ष” शब्द के साथ भारतीयों द्वारा अंग्रेजी भाषा का प्रयोग भारतीय समाज के साथ एक घिनौना और क्रूर खिलवाड़ है|
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          Insaan
          Nov 16, 2017 at 10:24 pm
          Only a responsible and nationalist leader like CM Yogi Adityanath can say, "मेरा मानना है कि आजादी के बाद भारत में सबसे बड़ा झूठ धर्मनिरपेक्ष शब्द है| नागरिकों के साथ, भारत में लोगों के साथ ... उन लोगों को माफ़ी मांगनी चाहिए, जिन्होंने इस शब्द को जन्म दिया और जो यह शब्द इस्तेमाल करते हैं ... कोई व्यवस्था धर्मनिरपेक्ष नहीं हो सकती| राजनीतिक व्यवस्था पंथ-निरपेक्ष हो सकती है| अगर कोई हम से कहेगा कि शासन उस उपासना विधि से चलनी चाहिए तो नहीं चल सकती| यूपी के अन्दर देखूंगा तो २२ करोड़ लोगों को देखना होगा| मैं इन लोगों के सुरक्षा के प्रति, उनकी भावनाओं के प्रति जवाबदेह हूँ| लेकिन एक समुदाय का दुष्टिकरण करने के लिए भी नहीं बैठा हूँ "
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          Poonam
          Nov 16, 2017 at 8:38 pm
          People themselves first need to understand the meaning of secularism..it's only about the acceptance, respect and to giving the equal importance to each religion and their followings..but this definition is moulded and make it as a bone of contention for us...leads negativity, defamation, hatred and many more to just accomplish their own benefits..!!!
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            Poonam
            Nov 16, 2017 at 8:31 pm
            People themselves first need to understand the meaning of secularism..it's only about the acceptance, respect and giving the equal importance to each religion and their followings..But everytime this definition is moulded to make this word as a bone of contention among indians..leads negativity, defamation, hatred, and many more to just make own profits..!!!
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