Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily must be out of his mind.
He is defying his Prime Minister who, not long ago, categorically asserted that the (religious) minorities, particularly Muslims must have first claim on national resources.
Not only that, he is even daring to taunt the Congress Dynasty by describing Sardar Patel as “arguably” the most important individual who helped to lay the foundations of modern India. Not Jawaharlal, not Indira, not Rajiv not even Sonia Mai(no).
Watch out my friend! You could be in serious trouble.
NEW DELHI: Stressing the need to promote secularism “if the country is to survive as a nation,” Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily said on Wednesday that it was crucial to give equal importance to every faith and religion and uphold the rule of law.
Delivering the Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture under the aegis of the AIR here, Mr. Moily said: “All must enjoy equal rights, and no privileges, prescriptive rights or special claims should be allowed for any group on the basis of religion.” The threats of terrorism and extremism facing the country needed to be tackled with both tact and force. “Adopt a middle path — be polite when required, and be braver when the situation demands it.” In many ways, development and internal security were two sides of the same coin, he said. “Each is critically dependent on the other. Often, lack of development and the lack of any prospects for improving one’s lot provide a fertile ground for extremist ideologies to flourish.” Referring to the issue of economic inclusion, he said: “While advocating a strong free market, the policy of the government must veer towards inclusion and commitment to improve the lives of the common being — real persons.” Paying rich tributes to Sardar Patel, Mr. Moily said he was “arguably” the most important individual who helped to lay the foundations of modern India.