NEW DELHI: The RSS mouthpiece ‘Panchjanya’ has hit out at Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for their recent ‘controversial remarks’ in separate articles.
While the magazine criticised Ansari for his recent speech on the need for “affirmative action” for Muslim empowerment, Sonia was picked up for her ‘hawabaaz’ comment against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The article said Ansari has spoken like a “communal Muslim leader”. It said instead of projecting Muslims as victims of discrimination, Ansari should “tell them the truth about how Muslim radicalism is preventing them from integrating with the society.
There was much dejection in the much-talked about speech by Ansari at All-India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, as it comes across as one made by a communal Muslim leader. The Vice-President is expected not to talk preferentially of one community, but to speak of benefits for all. But these elements are missing from his speech,” the article said.
The piece goes on to cite radical Muslim outfits like IS, Taliban and Boko Haram to say Islam and modernity are “poles apart”.
The article added that the VP’s speech “doesn’t reflect any sense of self introspection” and added only he can explain “how a religion keen on implementing 1,400-year-old rules can be described as modern”.
The article said Sonia’s ‘hawabaaz’ comment was rooted in her “frustration” over being left behind in the political race.
“OROP issue is settled. It is hoped the youth will now again be attracted to the Armed Forces... The Congress president’s anti-government accusations are actually rooted in her frustration over being left behind in the political race. Her ‘hawabaaz’ remarks were made just three days after the government accepted to implement the OROP,” the editorial said.
It also took swipe at the Congress, saying the OROP settlement has led to fears in the dynasty.