28 September, 2020

“India Has To Live Up To The Basic Principles Of Its Constitution”

Former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on the growing sense of anxiety among minorities.

Sanjay Rawat
“India Has To Live Up To The Basic Principles Of Its Constitution”

Known to be outspoken, former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdu­llah raised eyebrows last month by saying that people may start believing that Moha­mmed Ali Jinnah was right in promoting the two-nation theory. The statement came in the wake of the lynching of a Muslim at Dadri on the suspicion of storing beef, killing of a truck driver at Udhampur on the charge of transporting cattle, cancellation of Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai and blackening the face of Sudheendra Kulkarni ahead of a book launch and of J&K legislator Rashid Engineer when he was addressing a press conference in Delhi—all by vandals claiming to be patriots and champions of Hindutva.

Pointing out that minorities had never felt so unsafe during NDA’s first term under Atal Behari Vaj­payee, Abdullah had warned that if forces of Hindutva began believing that India belonged only to them, PM Narendra Modi should be ready to see the country break into fragments. He spoke to Showkat A. Motta in Srinagar....



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