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Social justice must also reach Muslims, but through dialogue, not conflict: PM Modi

Prime Minister cautions leaders against being ‘motormouths’

Written by Debabrata Mohanty , Liz Mathew | Bhubaneswar | Updated: April 17, 2017 8:40 am
triple talaq, Pm modi triple talaq, narendra Modi, Muslim rights, PM Modi muslim rights, modi, pm modi, bjp, prime minister, narendra modi, triple talaq, pm modi, muslim women, muslim community, bjp national executive,nitin gadkari, bjp, pm modi news, triple talaq news, india news, indian express news Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his way from the airport to the circuit house in Surat, Sunday.

Urging his party to work relentlessly for the socio-economic transformation of society, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said the BJP should address the concerns of Muslim women not by creating conflict, but through discussions. Modi also said the proposed new constitutional body for the socially and educationally backward would benefit backward classes among all communities, including Muslims.

“When we refer to social justice, it means Muslims should also get justice. No injustice to anyone. But it should not be done by creating conflict, but we should try and get justice for all through dialogue,” Union Minister Nitin Gadkari quoted the Prime Minister as having said in his speech concluding the BJP’s two-day national executive.

Modi’s reference to justice in the Muslim community is being seen as his intervention in the ongoing debate over triple talaq. He is learnt to have said that several Muslim women were victims of triple talaq, and the party should reach out to them. “If Muslim women want to fight this, (BJP) workers should stand by them,” the PM was quoted as saying by a BJP leader.

Sources said that earlier in the day, intervening during a discussion in the national executive over the proposed constitutional status for the National Commission for Backward Communities, Modi said the new body would be beneficial not just for backwards among Hindus, but among all communities, including Muslims.

The National Executive has passed a resolution hailing Modi and his government for bringing the Bill to give constitutional status to the commission for backward communities, a move seen as part of the BJP’s effort to keep backward communities with it.

Modi, who was addressing party workers for the first time after the recent Assembly election victories, spoke at length about the ideal conduct of a party worker. Dealing with victory and maintaining balance would be tougher than handling defeat, because one becomes vulnerable in the former situation, he said, and warned that the repeated victories must not be allowed to go to their heads.

“He (the PM) said the Opposition would keep manufacturing issues for you. They keep raising the issue of intolerance. They manufacture issues like the attacks on churches ahead of the last Delhi election, returning of the awards ahead of the Bihar polls, and now they raise allegations of tampering of EVMs. You don’t need to pay any attention to such manufactured issues. Keep focusing on the spirit of our work,” Gadkari said.

According to a source, the PM has strictly told workers not to be “motormouths” — if there are issues that need to be addressed, they should try to talk to leaders in their respective areas. The PM also told party leaders that they should “learn the art of keeping quiet”, the source said.

Modi described Amit Shah as the BJP’s “Chanakya”, the economist, teacher, philosopher, jurist and adviser to emperor Chandragupta Maurya. Shah, Modi said, had put in huge effort to strengthen the party across the country in what has become a case study for political pundits.

While Shah in his inaugural address on Saturday maintained that the party would have its golden era only when it wins all states and transforms the country at all levels, Modi on Sunday said the BJP should see that the “country takes a long jump and transform society” by 2022, the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.

A new India — where political vision is based on Jandhan, Vandhan and Jaldhan — must be created, the PM said. The slogans will be P2 (Pro-people Pro-active) and G2 (Good Governance), he told party leaders.

“We have to build a nation where we can ensure social and economic equality and where no discrimination will be made on the basis of caste status,” the PM was quoted saying.

Citing Mahatma Gandhi’s efforts to build the momentum for the freedom struggle from the 1920s to 1942, Modi asked BJP leaders to build an atmosphere for change through the Deendayal Upadhyay Garib Kalyan Yojana. The political resolution passed by the conclave also talked about the government’s pro-poor initiatives.

The meeting passed a special resolution felicitating the PM for the Constitution amendment Bill to provide constitutional status to the NCBC. It slammed the Congress and other Opposition parties for “delaying” the Bill — which was passed by Lok Sabha, but had to be referred to a Select Committee in Rajya Sabha where the NDA lacks majority.

“The BJP has always been committed towards building a society where everyone has equal opportunities and nobody is treated inferior… Justice needs to be delivered to every citizen without any bias or prejudice,” the resolution said.

It said that with the BJP taking steps to bring equality, the Congress and other parties were disappointed. “These parties have always suppressed the interest of the backward classes of the society and only gave them false hopes,” the resolution said the Congress stand in Rajya Sabha showed its “real attitude towards the backward classes”.

The resolution urged party workers to “take a pledge and make efforts towards making backwards aware about their constitutional and legal rights”.

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    ah
    Apr 17, 2017 at 6:07 pm
    never talk about Ram and Sita Talaq ........... or Yudhishthir and Draupadi talaq episode where great Yudhishthir lost his wife in Gambling ......... never say anything about Pershuram's father who snapped the head of his wife ............ these are MYTHOLOGY and does not concern HINDUS any more they have ADOPTED Divorce (meaning Talaq) from shariah and that has saved KEROSENE expenses for many Hindu men who want to get rid of their wives .......... ...................................
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      Murthy
      Apr 18, 2017 at 6:47 am
      You know about these episodes because they have been discussed in details by Hindus themselves, through books, essays in many magazines and in the Media. Sri Ram did not 'talaq' Sita, but exiled her due to public gossip about her stay as a prisoner of Ravana and speculations thereof. Yudhistir's pledging his wife Draupadi can come close to a talaq but not quite. Yes, they are mythologies and Hindus in general know that. The Hindu Marriage Act, 1950, introducing Divorce for Hindus was based on English Marriage Act of that era..... NOT on your beloved 'Shariat'...
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      ah
      Apr 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm
      Social Justice must reach Muslims!!!! ..... Muslim women needs HELP!!! Sab ka saath sab ka vikaas .................. is this CONGRESS or BJP???? ha ha ha h aha ha .............
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        sahil
        Apr 17, 2017 at 2:29 pm
        what about social justice & equality for poor Jasodaben
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          NEO
          Apr 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm
          for your rich father who divorced 3 teleq last night...
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            ah
            Apr 17, 2017 at 6:03 pm
            shhhhhhhhhh never talk about Ram and Sita Talaq ........... or Yudhishthir and Draupadi talaq episode where great Yudhishthir lost his wife in Gambling ......... never say anything about Pershuram's father who CUT the head of his wife ............ these are MYTHOLOGY and does not concern HINDUS any more they have ADOPTED Divorse (meaning Talaq) from shariah and that has saved KEROSENE expenses for many Hindu men who want to get rid of their wives .......... shhhhhh DO NOT reple or I will say some thing about your MOTHER ...........
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              ah
              Apr 17, 2017 at 6:04 pm
              shhhhhhhhhh never talk about Ram and Sita Talaq ........... or Yudhishthir and Draupadi talaq episode where great Yudhishthir lost his wife in Gambling ......... never say anything about Pershuram's father who CUT the head of his wife ............ these are MYTHOLOGY and does not concern HINDUS any more they have ADOPTED Divorse (meaning Talaq) from shariah and that has saved KEROSENE expenses for many Hindu men who want to get rid of their wives .......... shhhhhh DO NOT reply or I will say some thing about your MOTHER ...........
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              ah
              Apr 17, 2017 at 6:05 pm
              ...............................never talk about Ram and Sita Talaq ........... or Yudhishthir and Draupadi talaq episode where great Yudhishthir lost his wife in Gambling ......... never say anything about Pershuram's father who CUT the head of his wife ............ these are MYTHOLOGY and does not concern HINDUS any more they have ADOPTED Divorce (meaning Talaq) from shariah and that has saved KEROSENE expenses for many Hindu men who want to get rid of their wives .......... ...................................
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              AlsoIndian
              Apr 17, 2017 at 11:00 am
              As per a recent study published by PEW International, India ranks the 4th worst country for religious intolerance, while PK ranks 8th. The path of dividing the country, which Modi and his team have choses, will lead to the path of destruction. The serious problem is our continuous denial about such studies/surveys. Due to this, our focus and priorities are literally messed up and government continues to fool the people in the name of religion. I know that Bhakts will now start saying that why don't go to stan.
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                sushil Ahuja
                Apr 17, 2017 at 10:52 am
                Dr.अ-Vishvash Kumar Modi, आप की rote learning बहूतही उंदा आछी है। आप बोलते बहुत आछा हैं , अच्छा अनुभव ग्रहण किया हुआ है। लेकिन, बहुत unfortunate बात है कि, तुम झूठ-डर-खौफ को आधार बना कर #social_transformaton के खावाब देखते हुये जवान हुये, और (उसी झूठे सपनोको) बडापे मे भी जीवनी जी रहे हो। जिस societyका आधार #झूठ_की_मस्ती_में_झूम रहा हो , जु ौ के नशीले dellusions में लीन हो , वहाँ कोई भी, Dr.विष-वासी बन सकता है । परंतु बिना #सत्य_को_आधार बनाए हम #sustainable_transformation #sustainable_peace नहीं कर सकते । भले ही कितनी central_power ऐकत्रित करले। Sushil Ahuja @GuitarUncle Guru 09871966707
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