Union Minister of State for Law and Justice Satya Pal Singh Baghel stirred controversy by claiming that Muslims wear the mask of “tolerance” to become Vice President, Governor or Vice-Chancellor. Speaking at an event organized by the RSS media wing Indraprastha Vishwa Samvad Kendra, Baghel alleged that the real face of such “so-called intellectuals” gets revealed after they complete their term or retire. He mentioned that the number of tolerant Muslims can be counted on fingers and is not even in the thousands.
Baghel’s Remarks on Religious Conversions
The Union minister also raised the issue of religious conversion and alleged that the number of people who have been converted to another religion through “gande-tabeez” (amulets) is larger than those under the swords. He claimed that people from their community still visit Khwaja Gareeb Nawaz Saheb, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, or Saleem Chisti seeking children, jobs, tickets to contest elections, ministerial berths, and elevation from a minister of state to a cabinet minister.
Baghel’s Views on Akbar’s Unity Efforts
Baghel dismissed the remarks made by Information Commissioner Uday Mahurkar regarding India’s fight against Islamic fundamentalism. Mahurkar had suggested that tolerant Muslims should be taken along, referring to Mughal emperor Akbar’s efforts to foster Hindu-Muslim unity during his rule. Baghel termed Akbar’s efforts mere “tactics” and alleged that the Mughal emperor’s marriage with Jodha Bai was part of his “political strategy.” He added that Akbar’s efforts did not come from his heart and mentioned the massacre of Chittorgarh that occurred during his rule.
Baghel’s controversial remarks have stirred up a controversy in the country’s political corridors, and the remarks have been criticized by several people. The comments made by the Union Minister of State for Law and Justice are likely to have political repercussions, and the government has not yet issued any statement on the issue.
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