July 24, 2008 @ 12:11 am
In this previous post of mine, I had spoken about the discrimination that people from other religions and castes continue to face in our society. In this context, it was very heartening to hear Omar Abdullah’s speech during the UPA’s confidence motion debate.
His speech began with the following words:
“I am a Muslim and I am an Indian,” he began. “And I see no distinction between the two. I don’t know why should I fear the nuclear deal. It is a deal between two countries which, I hope, will become two equals in the future,” said Abdullah. “The enemies of Indian Muslims are not America or deals like these. The enemies are the same as the enemies of all those who are poor — poverty, hunger, lack of development and the absence of a voice.”
While the BJP, the Left and other parties in that huddle continued to say that the nuclear deal was anti-Muslim, here was an opposition leader trying to bring some unity back in the thoughts of people. It is clear that politicians play the divide and rule game very often and this is becoming more and more disgusting as time progresses. I am glad that we have younger and more thoughtful leaders like Omar Abdullah in the Parliament, a place which currently houses at least 50 criminals.
Excerpts from his interview with The Indian Express:
“There has been a concerted effort to create this perception that first the Muslims are against the nuclear deal with America and also that the nuclear deal with America is anti-Muslim. This is all rubbish and this perception is being created by those political parties who always want to brand Muslims to be against the interests of the country,” he said. “That’s why I did emphasise that I am a Muslim and I am an Indian and that the two are not mutually exclusive”.
Read the interview and excerpts of his speech here.