Countrymen will never accept India as a Hindu Rashtra: Kuldip Nayar

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Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,
New Delhi, June 22: “This is not the India we had dreamt about at the time of Independence. We wanted to build an India where there will be no discrimination between Hindus and Muslims and all will live together,” said veteran journalist and former diplomat Kuldip Nayar while at an Iftar event hosted by Indian Muslims’ umbrella organization – All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat – at its headquarters here Thursday evening.

While expressing deep concern on incidents of intolerance and lynching, octogenarian journalist said: “Whatever is happening these days, we had not even imagined about them. This country is of all. It is not a Hindu Rashtra. Constitution rules the country and in Constitution, one man has one vote. It does not matter if your community is big or small.”


Kuldip Nayar at an Iftar event hosted by All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat

“We need such people who stand up and tell those in power that we cannot accept the way you are taking the country to. How many of us can do that,” he asked.

Earlier, Mushawarat president Navaid Hamid delivered a brief opening speech.


Kuldip Nayar
The event featured eminent figures from the Muslim community including Maulana Syed Jalauddin Umari and Mohammad Salim Engineer, national president and secretary general respectively of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Syeda Saiyeden Hameed, former member of Planning Commission, Syed Zafar Mahmood, president, Zakat Foundation of India.

The program was moderated by senior journalist AU Asif.

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