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Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju (Photo/ANI)
Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju (Photo/ANI)

Before 2014, communal riots, violence were regular, India is more peaceful now: Kiren Rijiju on Hamid Ansari

ANI | Updated: Jan 28, 2022 14:56 IST

New Delhi [India], January 28 (ANI): Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju on Friday countered former Vice President Hamid Ansari's latest controversial statement on the atmosphere of intolerance and insecurity for Muslims in the country and said that before 2014, communal riots and violence were regular, but India is more peaceful now.
Taking to the micro-blogging platform, Rijiju said, "Some isolated incidents do take place at an individual-community level, but Indian culture is always inclusive. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mantra is 'Sabka-Sath Sabka-Vikas Sabka- Vishwas Sabka-Prayas'."
"What Hamid Ansari Ji said is wrong. I belong to a minority community and I can proudly say that India is the safest nation," he added.
The Law and Justice Minister also added that the minorities facing trouble in any of India's neighboring countries prefer to seek refuge in India because India is safe. "Let's be grateful to our great nation," he said.
Slamming those who "enjoy the best freedom and privilege in India", Rijiju said, "Why do some people who enjoy the best freedom and privilege in India join the anti-India propaganda peddled by foreign-based anti-India forces? What's the satisfaction that they acquire by defaming India? At least, people in remote villages without facilities are loyal to the motherland."
Recently, Ansari has made a controversial statement on Hindu nationalism.
Addressing the Indian American Muslim Council program, Ansari had said, "Hindu nationalism is a matter of concern. People are being divided on religious lines in the country. Controversy is being created among the people regarding nationality."
"Especially people of a particular religion are being instigated. Intolerance is being fueled and an atmosphere of insecurity is being created in the country," he had added.
Ansari has faced political backlash for this statement. (ANI)