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Muslim clerics slam PM Modi's gau rakshak remark, urge him to read history

Raza Naqvi | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 7:49 IST

Slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the All India Sunni Ulema Council (AISUC) today strongly condemned the PM's remarks on cow vigilantes and said it was high-time the PM stops indulging in activities that may "deteriorate the peace" of Muslims residing in India.

PM Modi's stance on 'gau rakshaks'- 'cow protectors'- hasn't been received well by all and his remarks have created a stir on social media as well as among the general public. He broke his silence on the violence that 'cow protectors' have unleashed in various parts of the country, nearly 11 months after a Muslim man- Mohammad Akhlaq - was lynched by an angry mob in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, on suspicions of eating and storing beef in his fridge.

Also read: Modi not worthy of being PM, opines Hindu Mahasabha after gau rakshak remark

'Targetting Muslims isn't fair'

Speaking to Catch, Haji Mohammad Salis, general secretary of the AISUC said PM Modi's remarks came at a time when Dalits have completely gone against the Sangh (RSS) and the BJP.

"Harming Dalits is wrong, we strongly condemn it. But PM Modi should understand that targetting Muslims and wooing Dalits ahead of UP elections isn't fair on his part. As a PM, he shouldn't have given remarks like shoot me and not my Dalit brothers," said Salis.

'PM should go and read history'

Referring to PM Modi's jibe at Muslim kings, he said the PM should go and read history and then make "hateful" comments.

"PM Modi said Muslim kings used cows as a tool to win battles, but can he prove one such incident from history which proves his claim? I think the PM should go and read history first... It seems this statement was deliberately made to harm and tarnish the image of Muslims and woo Dalits, plus voters who vote for the Hindutva agenda," added Salis.

During his Town-Hall event, PM Modi had said that while fighting with the Hindus, the Muslim kings in order to avoid defeat, would "keep cows in front of their army" as Hindu opponents faced a problem using their weapons in order to protect the cows, thus in this confusion, they were defeated.

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'Is dossier enough to tackle cow-protectors?'

"PM Modi has asked the state governments to prepare a dossier of 'self-styled gau rakshaks', but is it enough to tackle them and save human lives? The PM only talked about the dossier, but didn't say anything about what action should be taken against such vigilantes, such dubious remarks aren't expected from head of the state," said a Muslim cleric who didn't wish to be named.

While speaking for the first time against cow vigilantes, PM Modi had said that he felt "anguished" over incidents of vigilantism and had asked state governments to prepare a dossier of such "self-styled gau rakshaks".

Asserting that about 70 to 80% cow vigilantes were found involved in illegal activities, the PM had said that it makes him angry. He said people are running shops in the name of cow protection and some people indulge in anti-social activities at night, and in the day masquerade as cow protectors.

Also read: Una effect: Dalit rage forces Modi to take Gau Rakshaks by their horns

First published: 8 August 2016, 7:53 IST
Raza Naqvi @Mir_Naqvi

Raza is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and has worked with the Hindustan Times in the past. A passionate follower of crime stories, he is currently working as a Sub-Editor at the Speed News desk.