Sitaram Yechury hits out at Amit Shah over ‘New India’ remarks

Amit Shah said the apex court's judgment on triple talaq was a beginning of a new epoch of self-respect and equality for Muslim women and that the BJP saw it as "a resolute step towards a New India".

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: August 22, 2017 11:54 pm
triple talaq, triple talaq verdict, muslims, divorce in islam, supreme court verdict, sharia law, divorce law, indian express news Addressing a public discussion in New Delhi, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, without naming any party, alleged that superstition was being misused for political intention in the country.

The CPI(M) on Tuesday hit out at BJP president Amit Shah over his “New India” remarks relating to the Supreme Court’s judgment quashing triple talaq, alleging a “post-truth society” was being created in the country and “all understand” that Muslims was the target.

Post-truth, the Oxford dictionary word of the year for 2016, is defined as ‘relating to/denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’.

Shah said the apex court’s judgment on triple talaq was a beginning of a new epoch of self-respect and equality for Muslim women and that the BJP saw it as “a resolute step towards a New India”. The CPI(M) had earlier in the day welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict treating “arbitrary and instant” triple talaq as unconstitutional. It, however, sought to wait till it went through the detailed judgement before responding properly on the issue.

Addressing a public discussion in New Delhi, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, without naming any party, alleged that superstition was being misused for political intention in the country. He claimed that the intention of those doing so was to replace the secular democratic republic of the country into a “Hindu Rashtra or Hindu Pakistan” for political gains.

“BJP chief Amit Shah today talked about ‘New India’ while speaking on triple talaq. He congratulated (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi Sahab. “What has Modi Sahab got to do on this? But he is being congratulated,” Yechury said at the discussion.

The discussion was organised by the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti and the Delhi Andhavishwas Unmulan Samiti here. Yechury added, “They (BJP) are saying India is becoming forward. Who is the target? All understand. Triple talaq is related to Muslims. The judgement has come against Muslims, target the community, that is, the country is moving forward. The post-truth is being created.”

Yechury though said he was yet to read the entire judgement. The Marxist leader alleged Modi was following the logic of late Bollywood filmmaker Manmohan Desai who, he said, was of the view that a film should be such that it did not give people time to think of anything else.

Similarly, Yechury alleged, Modi was not giving people time to think about anything else and doling out schemes such as ‘Make in India’. He described rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, who was killed four years ago, as a “leading light” in the battle against unreason.

Speaking at the event, CPI national secretary D Raja said intolerance was allegedly growing in the country and that such an atmosphere had to be fought to take the country forward. RJD leader Manoj Jha, Swami Agnivesh, Delhi University professor Apoorvanand and scientist Gauhar Raza also addressed the event.

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  1. Vijay Simha
    Sep 17, 2017 at 10:02 am
    The Marxist scum Yechury should be blindfolded and pushed off a cliff and never seen from or heard from again.
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      Ram
      Aug 23, 2017 at 3:43 am
      Yechury a hypocrite and loser supporting regressive things like triple talaq, nika halala and polygamy, underage girls marriage in muslim community under personal law as part of pseudo-secularism. These are teh fellows who are responsible for 60 year old arab sheikha coming to India and employinmg 15 year old poor muslim girls as slaves to take them back under secular 'personal' law loopholes. Shame that all these losers instead of suporting real secularism are in fact promoting everything rehgressive in islam and others for vote banks. Thank god they are almost extint along with other seculars who are shrinking day by day. Funny thing is these crooks are not at all bothered about fate of women in muslm community.
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        Samuel thomson
        Aug 23, 2017 at 3:43 am
        Talaq is banned in Pakistan and Bangladesh and many countrires . You just want your name in the papers. Don't you have clear mind what is right or wrong. Mr Yechuri, Please take sanyasam and go to some hermitage and have peace. You never made any significant contribution always objections .Whole muslim community is happy on this old practice which keeps women at disadvantage
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        1. Sagittarius Jeet
          Aug 23, 2017 at 7:43 pm
          Very good analysis and comments by Yechuriji. This can be expected from a learned (see his qualification) man like him. We will miss his absence from Rajya Shabha once he completes his term.
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