New Delhi, Mar 3: Home Minister Rajnath Singh concluded the debate surrounding the alleged hate speech made by Union Minister Ram Shankar Katheriya. Rajnath denied the accusations made by Opposition leader and said the speech had nothing inflammatory against the Muslim community.
“Let’s not create a communal environment in the nation. My Government is committed to maintain harmony. We cannot tolerate the division of this nation on religious lines. As far as the speech made MoS Katheriya, I have heard it. I made others also hear it. We all agreed there is nothing inflammatory in the speech,” Rajnath said. (ALSO READ: Muslims equated to descendants of Ravana, threatened in Sangh Parivar meet; MoS Ram Shankar Katheria asks Hindus to show their strength)
Further stressing on Government’s commitment towards the minorities said, the Home Minister added, “A subject like communal harmony should not be measured in terms of political gain or loss. It should only be measured in terms of justice and humanity.”
“No one can destroy the secularism and diversity of this land. Islam has 72 sects. No country has all 72 sects residing there. But we have all of them. Not only Islam, we have diverse Christian sects, the Jews and the Parsi also existing here together peacefully for hundreds of years. There cannot be greated secular nation than India,” Rajnath added. (ALSO READ: MoS Katheria hate speech & Narendra Modi’s muted response: Is this ‘Sab ka Saath, Sab ka Vikaas’?)
“The freedom fighters of this nation did not saw religion between them.” Home Minister then recalled the sacrifice made by Ashfaqulla, who was hanged alongside renowned revolutionary Bhagat Singh. “Ashfaqulla preferred death over life for this nation. Merely at the age of 21, the love of his nation drove him to the gallows.”
However, Opposition was unimpressed by the speech made by Rajnath. Ghulam Nabi Azad questioned the logic behind giving a clean chit to MoS Katheriya. Further, Rajnath was accused of drawing in different topics to avoid the main topic of contention.
Here is the speech made by Katheria on Sunday during a condolence event organized by Sangh Parivar: