However, he noted that there were many “progressive” Muslims who needed to be supported. “They want education to spread. But such Muslims are in a minority”
New Delhi: BJP leader and Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday appreciated Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s nationalism and warned that if fundamentalists continue to gain power, socialism, democracy, or secularism will not survive.
While addressing an event organized by Savarkar Darshan Pratishthan for promotion of literature on Savarkar’s ideas, Gadkari said, “…If we do not respect the nationalism of Savarkar currently, then we have seen the division of this nation once. The way conversions have happened in the world and fundamentalists have got the reins of power and if that keeps happening then neither socialism, nor democracy, nor secularism will survive,”.
Gadkari quoted former RSS chief Balasaheb Deoras and said, “Deoras had said once in his speech that whichever country has 51 percent Muslims has no democracy, no socialism, and no secularism. There are several examples of majority Muslim countries to prove this, from Pakistan to Turkey.” However, he noted that there were many “progressive” Muslims who needed to be supported. “They want education to spread. But such Muslims are in a minority. In Pakistan, such people get killed but there is also Bangladesh, which is very different. India must support progressive and liberal Muslims across the world,” he said.
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