Friday, November 15, 2013
Barkha Dutt v/s Arvind Kejriwal – who is communal between the two?
In a NDTV interview with Arvind Kejriwal, on her program, the Buck Stops Here, the usually cheerful and poised Barkha Dutt pounced on Kejriwal, accusing him of playing communal politics by meeting with the Muslim cleric Maulana Tawqir who is member of a 100-ulama committee that deliberates and issues guidelines/advisories to Muslims in fatwas and a fatwa has been issued against Taslima Nasrin, a Bangladeshi citizen and a pet of the Left Liberals. Taslima raised a storm, thus clearly meddling in the internal affairs of India, especially in a very sensitive area of India's democratic elections.
Kejriwal responded, first by explaining that he was not aware of any such antecedent of the Maulana when he met him; though in one of his speeches, Maulana Tauqir has come out to be very secular, very inclusive, very peaceful. Arvind promised to give Barkha a CD of Maulana’s speech and asked her to telecast that positive side of people, rather going always for negatives.
Kejriwal further countered against the media that he has been going around to all religious places. He visited temples. Media never objected. He visited gurdwaras. Media never balked. He visited churches. Media hardly took notice. However, as soon as he visited a Dargah and met a Muslim cleric, all hell broke loose with the media.
Now, let the people decide, who is communal – media or Kejriwal? Needless to add, Barkha Dutt’s face turned white.
Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai