New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the Muslim community must not politicise the issue of triple talaq and rather look for solutions.
Speaking at the Basava Convention in New Delhi, Prime Minister Modi said: “Main Muslim samaaj se aagrah karunga ki triple talaq ke mudde ko rajneeti ke daayre mein mat aane dijiye. Aap log aake aakar iska samaadhan kijiye (I request Muslim society not to politicise the triple talaq issue. Rather, come forward and solve the matter).”
Prime Minister Modi called upon the reformers of the community to fight against the suffering of Muslim daughters in the country and hoped on finding a solution on the issue.
“Muslim samaaj se prabudh log aage aayenge, Muslim betiyon ke saath jo guzar rahi hai uske khilaf woh khud ladai ladenge aur kabhi na kabhi raasta nikalenge (Muslim reformers will come forward some day and fight against the suffering of Muslim daughters to find a way forward),” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
PM Modi had earlier spoken on the triple talaq issue in April at the BJP National Executive Meet in Bhubaneswar. Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari had said that the Prime Minister talked about Muslim women getting justice.
“He (Modi) talked about social justice. He said our Muslim sisters should also get justice. Injustice should not be done with them. Nobody should be exploited. We do not want that there is conflict within the Muslim community over this issue. What we have to do is that if there are any social evils, we have to wake up the society and make efforts to provide justice to them (Muslim women). That was the Prime Minister’s spirit,” Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said while briefing reporters.
At the event, Prime Minister Modi unveiled translated volumes of Vachana, penned by 12th-century social reformer Basavanna and other saints in 23 Indian languages. Today is Basavanna’s birth anniversary.
Last year, the Law Commission asked for feedback on the contentious Uniform Civil Code, a set of identical civil laws, and a government affidavit in the top court opposing ‘triple talaq’ and polygamy among Muslims on the ground that they discriminate against women.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, an advocacy organisation, announced its decision to boycott the Law Commission’s exercise and resist the Centre’s attempt to replace diverse customary laws governing marriage, divorce and inheritance with the Uniform Civil Code.
India has separate sets of personal laws for each religion, and demand for overhauling these codes date back decades.Here are the PM addresses event to mark the inauguration of Basava Jayanthi 2017, and Golden Jubilee Celebration of Basava Samithi
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today dedicated the holy Vachanas of Basavanna, translated into 23 languages, and addressed an event to mark the inauguration of Basava Jayanthi 2017, and Golden Jubilee Celebration of Basava Samithi, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said India's history is not only about defeat, poverty or colonialism. India gave the message of good governance, non-violence and Satyagraha, he added.
Paying homage to Lord Basaveshwara, he said Basaveshwara had envisioned a democratic arrangement, several centuries ago. He said our land has been blessed with great individuals who have transformed our society. He said reform has always come to our society from within, whenever required. He expressed confidence that reformers would emerge from within the Muslim community itself, to put an end to the pain suffered by some Muslim women, because of the practice of “triple talaq.” He urged the Muslim community not to look at this issue through a political lens.
Describing Lord Basaveshwara’s Vachanas as a basis for good governance, the Prime Minister said the fruits of development such as housing, electricity and roads should reach one and all, without distinction. He said this is the true essence of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.”
The Prime Minister recalled the occasion in November 2015 in London, when he had unveiled the bust of Lord Basaveshwara.
After the event, the Prime Minister walked to the audience to meet the family members of the great Kannada scholar Late Shri M.M. Kalburgi.