In a shocking comment comparing the current scenario in India to that of Pakistan in terms of religion, RJD MP Manoj Jha on Monday, quoted a shayari of famous poet Faiz Mohammad Faiz about religious intolerance saying 'we now wish to become Hindu-Pakistan', in a Rajya Sabha session.
"The condition of the country is such that one cannot walk on the roads raising one's head. One who loves has to walk averting their eyes and protecting their bodies and life. Do we wish such a scenario? - this was written by Faiz for Pakistan originally. But what Pakistan has been since 1946, I feel we are copying Pakistan. We wish to become Pakistan. We wish to become Hindu-Pakistan," said Jha.
This 'Hindu-Pakistan' comment was a mirror statement of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's comment on July 2018. In a Thiruvananthapuram event, Tharoor had said at a public rally that if the BJP would win the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, a Hindu-Pakistan would be created where there will be no equality for minorities.
"They will enshrine the principle of Hindu Rashtra, that will remove equality for the minorities, and that will create a Hindu Pakistan which is not what freedom struggles hereos fought for," Tharoor had said.
In a similar vein, earlier in the day, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad had commented on the Modi government for lack of inclusivity of minorities in Indian society saying that while the opposition supported 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas', the inclusivity was not seen anywhere in India, in a parliamentary session.
All these comments come a day after the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) rejected the United States Department of State report on International Religious Freedom that stated attacks against minorities by Hindu groups continue in India citing that India sees 'no locus standi for a foreign entity'.
The report had claimed that mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against the minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018, amid rumours that victims had traded or killed cows for beef.