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New Delhi: Dr Subramanian Swamy, Janta Party leader and former MP has no qualms about his controversial article ‘How to wipe out Islamic terror’. In fact he believes that most Indians, at least Hindus, are on his side.
Speaking to Karan Thapar on CNN IBN’ Devil’s Advocate, Swamy said, “99% Hindus are communal” if keeping such a view meant communal. He added that most people suppor his view and are in fact proud of his views.
This is the first time that Dr Swamy spoke about his write-up that appeared in DNA in the wake up of Mumbai terror attack and said that “Pakistan was created” for those who did not subscribe to the fact that Muslims are part of this country –“they are my brothers and sisters.”
There is a pre-condition though – accept the fact that they have common “Hindu ancestors” he argued. When asked if he dislikes Muslims, he retorted, “Why should I dislike them, they are Indians if they acknowledge their ancestors are Hindus.”
Dr Swamy, who is a visiting Professor at Howard, wrote in his article, “Islamic terrorism is India’s number one problem of national security.” He further argued that India be declared a “Hinud Rashtra” and Muslims who do not accept their ancestry and become part of the “Brihad Hindu Samaj (greater Hindu society)… can remain in India but should not have voting rights… (or become) elected representatives.”
Dr Swamy’s wife is a Parsee and son-in-law is a Muslim. He said that they are aware of his long held views, but never objected to him.
In his article, he also wrote, “Muslims of India are being programmed by a slow reactive process to become radical and thus slide into suicide against Hindus.” When confronted that extremists like Pragya Singh Thakur and Colonel Purohit exist even amongst Hindus, he said that both are not comparable.
When asked, if he is making such statements to ingratiate himselfself with the RSS, Dr Swamy curtly responded, “No. I’m past that. I have already won over the RSS heart long time ago.”
Wajahat Habibullah, Chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities, has meanwhile written to the Election Commission of India requesting them to deregister his Janta Party. The letter says, “Janata Party has lost the right to continue to enjoy registration under the Act and must be deregistered by the Election Commission of India.”