New Delhi: Reacting sharply to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) ‘Islamophobia in India’ remarks, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said that India is heaven for Muslims and their social, economic and religious rights are secure and ‘if someone is saying this out of a prejudiced mindset then they must look at the ground reality of this country and accept it’. Also Read - Sourav Ganguly And Rahul Dravid Inspired Me To Play Cricket: Jos Buttler
Hitting out at the organisation further, the Minority Affairs Minister asserted that the Indian government is doing its ob with conviction. Also Read - Video | Mumbai's Juhu Beach Remains Deserted As Cyclone Tauktae Wreaks Havoc In Mumbai
“PM Modi whenever he speaks, he talks about the rights and welfare of 130 crore Indians. If somebody cannot see this, then it is their problem. India’s Muslims, its minorities, all its sections, are prosperous and those people trying to vitiate this atmosphere of prosperity, they cannot be friends of Indian Muslims”, he said, and added that secularism and harmony is not a ‘political fashion’, but a ‘perfect passion’ for India and Indians. Also Read - Delhi Registers 4524 Fresh COVID-19 Cases, 10,918 Recoveries In Last 24 Hours
Earlier on Saturday, Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC), the human rights body of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) had tweeted,”OIC-IPHRC condemns the unrelenting vicious Islamophobic campaign in India maligning Muslims for spread of COVID-19 as well as their negative profiling in media subjecting them to discrimination & violence with impunity.”
Furthermore, it had asked the Narendra Modi-led governemnt to take ‘urgent steps to stop the growing tide of Islamophobia in India and protect the rights of its persecuted #Muslim minority as per its obligations under international human rights law.