I sing bhajans, it has become a bit Hindu; Farooq Abdullah said on Mehbooba Mufti’s statement

Controversy continues in Jammu and Kashmir schools over the song ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’, which is called a song of national and communal unity. Terming this song as communal, Mehbooba Mufti had said that after snatching rights in Kashmir, the central government is now imposing the agenda of Hindutva. At the same time, Farooq Abdullah, who was one of the critics of the Modi government, has a different opinion from Mehbooba Mufti in this matter. Abdullah has asked what is wrong in singing bhajans. He said that I myself sing bhajans and that does not make me a Hindu. He said that India is a secular country and a Hindu does not become a Muslim by visiting Ajmer Dargah here.

Farooq Abdullah said that we do not believe in the two-nation theory. The former CM of the state said that I myself sing bhajans. If I sing bhajans then what is wrong with it. If a Hindu visits Ajmer’s Dargah, will he become a Muslim? In fact, Mehbooba Mufti had tweeted a part of Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram Bhajan saying that it is an attempt to impose the agenda of Hindutva. However, BJP reacted to Mehbooba Mufti’s statement saying that she is spreading lies and only one line has been shared.

Mehbooba Mufti wrote, ‘Religious scholars are in jail. Jama Masjid was closed and now school children are singing Hindu hymns. This exposes the real agenda of Hindutva of the Government of India. If someone does not do this, then cases are registered against him under the Public Security Act and UAPA. This is the price we are paying in the name of changing Jammu and Kashmir. Significantly, before the 153rd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in schools, orders have been given to sing this song. This song was often sung by Mahatma Gandhi and it was also sung in his meetings. Its lines like Ishwar, Allah Tero Naam have been considered important for communal unity.

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