Another statement of Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, who is in the news for his controversial statements just before the assembly elections in five states to be held next year, is in the headlines. This time Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has praised the Mughals and attacked the BJP. During a program on Nehru Jayanti on Sunday, Mani Shankar Aiyar denied the talk of atrocities during the Mughal rule and claimed that the Mughals never committed atrocities in the name of religion in the country. Referring to the Mughal emperors, Iyer said that only 80 percent of the people in power are real Indians.
Mani Shankar Aiyar said that the Mughals made this country their own. The British said that we have come here to rule. Babur told Humayun in just four years that if you want to run this country, then you will not interfere in the religion of the residents here. His son Akbar ruled this country for fifty years. There is a road in Delhi, where the Congress office is located, it is on Akbar Road. We don’t mind Akbar Road. We consider Akbar as our own and we did not consider him to be non-existent. They were married to Rajputs. The result was that Jahangir was half Rajput and his son Shah Jahan three out of four Hindus.
Iyer said that in 1872, the British conducted the first census and it was found that after 666 years of rule, the number of Muslims in India was about 24 percent and Hindus were 72 percent. But they say that there was a fight, all the girls were raped and everyone was made Muslim. Hey, if you become a Muslim, the figures should be different. 72 percent should be Muslims and 24 percent should be Hindus. But what was the reality that there were only so many. Therefore, before partition, Jinnah ji had only one demand that give us 30 per cent reservation in the Central Assembly. That’s all he asked for. But they were refused, as their number was only 26 per cent.
Iyer said that Rahul ji recently said two-three days ago that there is a difference between Hindu religion and Hindutva. I would like to add that the difference is that we who believe in Hinduism. We are 100 percent Indian. All of us who are the residents of this country, we consider them to be Indians and there are few people among us who are in power today, who say that no, 80 percent of Indians, who believe 80 Hindu religion, are the same. Real Indian.
Let us tell you that Rahul Gandhi had clarified the difference on Hindutva and Hinduism in the past. He had said that is it Hindu religion to beat Sikh or Muslim? That is exactly what Hindutva is. In which (Hindu) book is this written? I haven’t seen it. I have read the Upanishads. But I haven’t even read it there. Rahul Gandhi’s statement came in the context of Salman Khurshid’s statement that he likened Hinduism to the jihadi Islam of terrorist groups Boko Haram and ISIS.