1. Triple talaq has no sanction in Shariat: Venkaiah Naidu

Triple talaq has no sanction in Shariat: Venkaiah Naidu

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today asserted that triple talaq is not a religious issue as it has no sanction in Shariat amid a raging debate on the issue.

By: | Hyderabad | Published: April 30, 2017 3:27 PM
The BJP leader appealed to all political parties to take a resolve to put an end to this “negative” politics and join constructive and positive politics so that the energies of the country and the people could be put to better use. (PTI)

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today asserted that triple talaq is not a religious issue as it has no sanction in Shariat amid a raging debate on the issue. He also hit out at the Congress for keeping “silence” on the matter for past several years. “Triple Talaq is not a religious issue as it has no sanction in Shariat. It is a matter of right of equality and right to live with dignity of Muslim women along with other women.

“Why this discrimination…this must be put to an end and it should not be politicised,” Naidu, who holds the portfolio of Information and Broadcasting, told reporters here.

On senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge charging Prime Minister Narendra Modi with politicising the triple talaq issue to gain political mileage, Naidu said, “What the PM said yesterday is that the Muslim society should think on this.”

“You (Congress) say you are champions of minorities. You don’t have concern for women among the minorities. It is a question of inequality and discrimination against the women on the basis of religion. Why you kept silent for all these years. They should answer this,” he said.

To another query, he said the prime minister has already spoken against self-styled cow vigilantes.

“Some political leaders have selective amnesia and keep on speaking anything,” he said.

Accusing the Opposition of pursuing an “obstructionist” agenda, the minister claimed that they are pursuing a disinformation campaign on each and every issue.

“They (Opposition parties) are not able to digest the mandate of the people. Come out with an alternative agenda. It is an obstructive and negative agenda that’s where the people are worried.”

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“While India is getting connected in this way under PM Modi, some Opposition parties are not able to digest this and are indulging in a negative disinformation campaign on issues and non-issues as well,” he alleged.

He said the common challenge before the people and the political class is to make a New India that can realise its true potential by which aspirations of all sections and particularly, the poor and the youth could be met.

“Our nation cannot afford negative politics. Recent election results have highlighted this message,” he said.

The BJP leader appealed to all political parties to take a resolve to put an end to this “negative” politics and join constructive and positive politics so that the energies of the country and the people could be put to better use.

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    Apte
    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:37 pm
    1. What Mr. Venkaiah Naidu is saying should be said by prominent Muslim leaders. All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which claims to represent all Muslims in India, does not accept that triple talaq needs to be banned (though it is banned in Muslim countries). 2. Here question that arises is this: How does one protect interests of a minority community? Is it by becoming more fundamentalist? Important point to be noted in connection with Muslim politics in our country is that poverty and illiteracy are two factors which work against the Muslims. Related question is this: Has preference for education in tradition bound Urdu medium schools (Madrasa) deprived poor Muslims of better educational opportunities? Why should the Muslims refuse to be part of the mainstream? I believe that the enlightened Muslim community in our country must do some soul searching and then they will realize that without secular politics both their community and democratic India will be losers in the long run.
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      Apte
      Apr 30, 2017 at 4:02 pm
      1. Though we must debate triple talaq, there is no need for politics over it. But All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which claims to represent all Muslims in India, does not think so. This Board does not accept that triple talaq needs to be banned though it is already banned in many Muslim countries. 2. How does one protect interests of a minority community? Is it by becoming more fundamentalist? Important point to be noted in connection with Muslim politics in our country is that poverty and illiteracy are two factors which work against the Muslims. Related question is this: Has preference for education in tradition bound Urdu medium schools (Madrasa) deprived poor Muslims of better educational opportunities? Why should the Muslims refuse to be part of the mainstream? I believe that the enlightened Muslim community in our country must do some soul searching and then they will realize that without secular politics both their community and the Hindus will be losers in the long run.
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