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New Delhi(web team): RSS mouthpiece Panchjanya’s has defended the killing of Mohmmad Akhlaq, who was lynched to death in Dadri, reported a leading daily.
On September 29, Mohmmad Akhlaq was dragged out of his home and stoned to death on a village street after a public announcement from the local temple that the family had slaughtered a calf and eaten its meat.
According to the report published in Indian Express, the cover story in the latest edition of the Sangh mouthpiece says the Vedas order the killing of “sinners” who slaughter cows. It also alleges that madrasas and the Muslim leadership teach Indian Muslims to hate the country’s traditions.
The article in Panchjanya reads, “Veda ka adesh hai ki gau hatya karne wale pataki ke pran le lo. Hum mein se bahuton ke liye to yah jivan-maran ka prashn hai (Vedas order the killing of the sinner who kills a cow. It is a matter of life and death for many of us),” states the article title ‘Is Utpat ke Us paar’ (The other side of this disturbance)’ by Hindi writer Tufail Chaturvedi. Tufail is the pen name of Vinay Krishna Chaturvedi, reports IE. He edits the journal Lafz.
Questioning the silence of writers, it states, “Akhlaq (the Dadri victim) perhaps slaughtered a cow under the influence of such bad deeds.”
“Gau-hatya Hinduon ke liye maan bindu hai (Cow slaughter is an issue of honour for Hindus). Muslims who commit such acts today are converted Hindus of Indian origin. It is important for social harmony that we respect faiths of each other,” said Chaturvedi speaking to the daily.
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The Panchjanya article also claimed that the killing was a “natural reaction” to the “sin” of cow slaughter.
The report added that Chaturvedi named Muslim religious leaders who he claims have supported cow-slaughter and questioned writers for never condemning “these wicked persons.”
Few weeks ago, sending out a message amid hate mongering, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for communal harmony and asked Hindus and Muslims to work together against poverty and ignore “irresponsible” statements made by politicians, even if he himself makes any.
Breaking his silence over communal overtones, he had invoked President Pranab Mukherjee’s message, saying the countrymen should follow the path he has shown for preserving the core civilisational values of diversity, tolerance and plurality.
“I have said it earlier also. We have to decide whether Hindus should fight Muslims or poverty. Muslims should decide whether to fight Hindus or poverty….The country will benefit only when Hindus and Muslims together fight poverty and defeat it… The country has to stay united,” said Modi.