Speaking to reporters after inaugurating a renovated hall of the Haj House in Mumbai, Saturday, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that incidents of lynching should not be given a communal colour or politicised.
“Lynching is a criminal subject. It should not be given a communal colour. It is highly condemnable and no one should politicise it,” the Minority Affairs Minister said.
The comment comes in the backdrop of the alleged lynching of a 24-year-old man in Jharkhand last week. The victim, Tabrez Ansari, died in a hospital, after he was thrashed by a mob at Dhatkidih village on June 20 on suspicion of theft. He was also forced to shout “Jai Shri Ram” slogans.
“India is the world’s largest secular democratic country because after partition, Pakistan chose to become an Islamic nation, while the majority Hindu community in India chose the path of secularism,” he said.
“The strong inclusive culture, unity and harmony of India has defeated terrorism and other enemies of humanity. Terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and Islamic State have not been successful in their evil designs due to the commitment to the unity of our society,” the BJP leader said.
“We should remain cautious to ensure that no negative agenda is successful in disturbing the atmosphere of inclusive development and harmony. We have to make secularism and democracy our strength and not a weakness,” Naqvi said.
The minister said that it was for the first time since independence that a record 2 lakh Indian Muslims will go on Hajj this year without any subsidy.
“An honest and transparent system developed by the Modi government has ensured that even after removal of Haj subsidy, there is no unnecessary financial burden on the Haj pilgrims. A record number of two lakh Indian Muslims will go on Hajj this year in over 500 flights from 21 embarkation points across the country,” Naqvi added.