“Ghulam Nabi Azad’s remark on Hindus converting to Muslims creates debate. Controversy surrounds his statement on religious conversion.”
Muslims’ Historical Conversion and the Kashmir Perspective
Ghulam Nabi Azad, chairman of the Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP), commented on the historical conversion of Indian Muslims from Hinduism. He pointed to the Kashmir Valley, highlighting the conversion of many Kashmiri Pandits to Islam.
Religion and Politics: A Delicate Mix
Azad emphasized that religion should not be used for political gain, asserting that relying on religion in politics reflects weakness.
Historical Perspective: Conversion and Identity
Azad stated that while Islam’s emergence occurred about 1,500 years ago, Hinduism is much older. He mentioned that while a small number of Muslims might have come from outside India, the majority converted from Hinduism, exemplified by the transformation of Kashmiri Pandits to Islam over time.
A Comparative Analogy
Drawing a parallel, Azad mentioned that when Hindus pass away, their ashes mix with river water, which people unknowingly consume. Similarly, Muslims’ remains become part of the nation’s soil, merging both communities into the land.
Religion and Voting: Azad’s Stance
Azad criticized the use of religion for garnering votes, highlighting the need for voting decisions to be based on merit rather than religious affiliations.
Mixed Reactions to Azad’s Statement
Senior BJP leader Kavinder Gupta concurred with Azad’s assertion, aligning with the timeline presented by him about Islam’s inception in India. Gupta cautioned against divisive manipulation of history for political purposes, stressing the common ancestry that binds society.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti took a satirical stance, questioning Azad’s understanding of ancestral history. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Manoj Jha highlighted the importance of humanity transcending religious, national, and civilizational boundaries.
Azad’s remarks have sparked conversations on historical conversions, the influence of religion in politics, and the need for unity based on shared humanity.