Seculars don’t have ‘their own identity’: Ananth Kumar Hegde

Hegde had been slapped with cases for his "hate speeches", including one where he allegedly equated Islam with terrorism

By: PTI | Bengaluru | Updated: December 25, 2017 8:13 pm
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Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde has again stoked a controversy, saying those who consider themselves secular and intellectual do not have “their own identity” and they were also unaware of their parentage. Hegde, a five-time Lok Sabha member from Uttara Kannada, is no stranger to controversies. A case was registered against him for allegedly using derogatory language against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at Kittur in Belagavi district.

He had been slapped with cases for his “hate speeches”, including one where he allegedly equated Islam with terrorism. Hegde, 49, said a new tradition was in vogue, where people project themselves as secular, but asserted he would feel “happy” if someone claims with pride that he is a Muslim, or a Christian, or a Lingayat, or a Brahmin, or a Hindu.

“I feel happy because he (the person) knows about his blood, but I don’t know what to call those who claim themselves secular,” the minister for skill development and entrepreneurship said. “Those who, without knowing about their parental blood, call themselves secular, they don’t have their own identity… They don’t know about their parentage, but they are intellectuals,” he said at an event organised by the Brahman Yuva Parishad in Kukanur town in Koppal district.

He launched the Parishad’s website and women’s wing yesterday. Urging people to identify with their religion or caste, Hegde said, “I will bow to you, you are aware of your blood. But if you claim to be secular, there arises a doubt about who you are.”

He said he respects the Constitution but “it will be changed in the days to come”. “We are here for that and that is why we have come.”

Hitting out at Hegde today, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the minister has not studied the Constitution, does not know parliamentary or political language. He said Hegde has not learnt the social system and added that people belonging to various religions live in India.

“Each and every individual in this country is an Indian, and every religion has equal right and opportunity. He does not have this basic knowledge,” Siddaramaiah told reporters in Hubballi.

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  1. T
    Dec 25, 2017 at 9:44 pm
    Union Cabinet minister is representing entire nation. See, how a cabinet minister of BJP spitting venom to win an election. Very very dangerous to a country of multi sects and religions. To win a election if you poison minds of electorate, one day you will be bitten. When PM is telling that he will be answerable all country citizens how this minister is talking different. Probably the problem is with PM. Because such people are being selected as ministers and CMs. BJP is no where in freedom struggle. Today they talk so much about patriotism. No leader in the country to take on Modi, who is cultivating hate and spread lies. We have witnessed this one during Gujarat Poll. Let us hope Rahul to win people support to thwart this type of dangerous designs to spoil out integration of culture.
    1. N
      Dec 27, 2017 at 8:35 am
      There are so many political parties formed after independence? For example was there a political party called AAM Admi Party which was started on November 2012. What is their contribution to Freedom Struggle?Those who appreciate Mani Shankar Iyer cannot understand the meaning of Patritism and nationalism.Please stop these sermons.
      1. Bharat Mayekar
        Dec 27, 2017 at 9:41 am
        RSS, BJP's parent body was there before independence. What was its contribution to freedom struggle? What was its stand on the freedom struggle?
        1. N
          Dec 27, 2017 at 11:39 am
          At no stage of freedom struggle either RSS or any individual cooperated or integrated with colonial regime and administration RSS founder Hegdewar was imprisoned in Andaman jail for 27 years 1910-1937.when 1942 freedom struggle was directionless the contribution of RSS was to revive it cannot be easily discounted.This is what history says( Iam not a RSS). See the contribution of RSS during Indo Chinese war in the early 1960.Freedom struggle is not a property of any single political party or an individual. For some political parties Sardar Patel, Subash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, RajGuru and Sukhdev were not freedom fighters.These political parties mislead the people for vote bank politics.
      2. Anand Mishra
        Dec 25, 2017 at 9:06 pm
        This is backstabing under the garb of secularism....
        1. Jigsaw Kemerton
          Dec 25, 2017 at 9:06 pm
          Having no i_d_e_n_t_i_t_y is better than having an extremist i_d_e_n_t_i_t_y, you f_u_c_k_i_n_g w_a_n_k_e_r.
          1. Jigsaw Kemerton
            Dec 25, 2017 at 9:04 pm
            Having no iden y is better than having an extremist iden y, you f_u_c_k_i_n_g w_a_n_k_e_r.
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              Suneet Sood
              Dec 25, 2017 at 8:49 pm
              One does not have to agree with a differing view, but it's illogical to feel hate for the one who expresses a differing view. A person who is secular is tolerant: not ignorant of who he is. Like: I don't agree with Mr Hegde's opinion: it's irrational. But that shouldn't make me hate him. I want to ask you: why do you refer to secularism as "pseudo-secularism"?
              1. N
                Dec 26, 2017 at 11:37 am
                This is a matter of convenience to take a call it as hate one who expresses a differing view. this is more illogical. The difference is that secular parties call BJP a Communal Party not even calling it as a non secular party and in that case BJP is a better non secular party than the worst casteist/minority religious secular parties.That is why secular parties call BJP as a communal party a deliberate ploy to cover up their non secular character.Hate originates from secular parties and not from BJP.
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