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I am a Christian Hindu, All Indians in Hindustan Are Hindus: Goa Dy CM

A day after a Goa minister ignited a controversy by his remark that India will develop as a Hindu nation under Narendra Modi, the state's Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza today stoked it further, saying India is already a Hindu nation and will always remain so.

"India is a Hindu nation. There is no doubt about it. It was a Hindu nation and always stay a Hindu nation," D’Souza, a senior BJP leader said reacting to the controversy triggered by his cabinet colleague Dipak Dhavalikar.

Dhavalikar, whose party Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party is an ally of state's ruling BJP, had yesterday said he was confident India will develop as a Hindu nation under Prime Minister Modi.

"I am confident that under the leadership of Modiji, India will develop into a Hindu nation. Prime Minister will work in this regard is what I feel," he had said in the state assembly while speaking on a motion congratulating Modi on the electoral victory.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that Dhavalikar's statement has been misunderstood.

"India is a Hindu country. India is Hindustan. All Indians in Hindustan are Hindus including me. I am a Christian Hindu. I am a Hindustani. So you don’t have to make India a Hindu nation," he argued.

D’Souza said, "people are free to make controversies out of anything. India is a free country. We have to take everybody together, it is inclusive democracy."

Dhavalikar's controversial statement came in for sharp attack by the Congress in the state assembly today with the party demanding a clarification from him.

As Speaker Rajendra Arlekar refused to entertain their demand, Congress MLAs staged a walkout.

Later, Leader of Opposition Pratapsingh Rane termed Dhavalikar's statement as violative of the Constitution.

"As a minister, he has taken an oath bearing faith and allegiance to the Constitution which says India is a secular country. He has violated the Constitution," Rane said.

Former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said, "Indian Constitution takes everybody together. This is a democratic and secular country. Such comments are unwarranted."

Vijay Sardesai, an independent MLA, too accused Dhavalikar of violating the Constitution.

"A minister is supposed to remain secular. There is a systematic agenda behind this madness. This has been done looking at the upcoming elections in some states. This is an attempt was to polarize votes," he said.

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17/D-35
Jul 27, 2014
07:43 AM

Asi kaunsi maut aaa gayiii yaa phar toot gaya jo De'Soza ne kutch kha diy ??

Hate Pracharak Rudalies ko Roney Dhon eka Bhana chaiye.

Ribs of their chests are broken but still go on beating chests on slightest provocation.

ashok kumar ghai, Mumbai
16/D-61
Jul 26, 2014
12:17 PM

If Muslims are Muslim Hindus, Christians are Christian Hindus, then what are Hindus themselves?  Are they Hindus or Hindu Hindus?

AMIN DADA, AGRA
15/D-48
Jul 26, 2014
10:13 AM

Mosque built where Durga Nagpal had razed wall - KADALPUR (GREATER NOIDA): A mosque has come exactly at the spot where young IAS officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal had gone with her men a year ago - on July 27, 2013 - to demolish a wall that had come up illegally on government land. That act had led to her suspension, ostensibly because she was inflaming communal passions in the month of Ramzan. 

A year on, work is almost complete on the new mosque that sits illegally on that land. All it needs are the finishing touches of plaster and paint. 

The district administration here claims it has no knowledge of this structure. Said Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate AV Rajamauli, "I have no idea whether the mosque in Kadalpur village was developed with permission or not." 

Kadalpur falls under the Sadar division of Gautam Budh Nagar district. Bacchu Singh, sub-divisional magistrate (Sadar), said, "I believe the mosque was already developed in Kadalpur before my posting around 10 months back. But I will visit Kadalpur soon and check the facts." 

Durga, too, was the SDM of Sadar before she was suspended. Between February and July, she had launched a virtual war against the sand mafia. She along with the Noida police registered 66 FIRs, arrested 104 people and seized 81 vehicles in that period. 

This zeal, obviously, did not go down well with some. 

A tape surfaced where senior SP leader Narendra Bhati was heard bragging that he had managed to get Durga suspended in just 41 minutes. 

Though there was intense media glare on the issue, the Akhilesh Yadav government chargesheeted Durga on August 4. Her suspension was finally revoked on September 22, a day after she and her husband met Akhilesh Yadav. A few days later, she was posted as joint magistrate, Kanpur Rural, and then in March this year, was made chief development officer of Mathura. On July 12, she was cleared for central deputation, and is now awaiting her posting. 

And Greater Noida is back to where it was before Durga stepped on the accelerator. The mining mafia is active again. And the mosque has come up with no one in the administration having any idea whether it is legal or not. 

Hafiz Aas Mohammad, the cleric of the mosque, said, "We are all responsible citizens and live in harmony. There could have been communal tension after the demolition of the wall but all residents behaved responsibly. The residents only want development." 

Ironically, the mosque may not have come up had Durga not demolished the wall. Locals said they had been trying to build the mosque since 2008, but didn't have sufficient funds. But after the demolition, money poured in from various quarters, and the structure came up rapidly.   

Mohan, Adiipur
14/D-45
Jul 26, 2014
09:40 AM

"India is already a Hindu nation and will always remain so."

Well then nothing more needs to be done. Mission accomplished. 

Rajesh, Phoenix
13/D-26
Jul 26, 2014
03:56 AM

India and Hindu are both corruption of the word Sindhu. If former denotes nationality then the latter also denotes the same. In case if we are not Hindus in religion then we are Sanatan Dharmis, Pagans, Heathens or even Animists. 

For Jews, it is Moses, Christians - Jesus, Muslims -  Muhammad, Buddhists - Buddha, Jains - Mahavira, Siikhs - Guru Nanak..

Indians have religion and nationality intertwined. It is an unchartered territory. If all people of India are Hindus, then Hindu is not a religion. One can call it a way of life but there is no one way as well

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