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Muslims enjoyed democracy for past 60 years: Sachin Pilot

February 17, 2010
Falgun Shuddha Trutiya, Kaliyug Varsha 5111

New Delhi: Terming that the Babri masjid demolition and Gujarat riots left a scar on the country's face, Union Minister Sachin Pilot today said the government was taking all measures to ensure the welfare of Muslims but the activists countered him alleging that the community members were being targeted for their religion.

Participating in 'Doha debate' at St Stephens College here on whether Indian Muslims were given a fair deal, Pilot said "we regretted the Gujarat riot. Babri Masjid has been a scar on our face but justice has not been denied. We guarantee that nothing of this sort will happen in future."

Speaking against the motion, the minister said the Constitution has provided equal opportunity to everyone irrespective of their religion and Muslims have enjoyed democracy for the last 60 years.

"Anybody who understands India and its ethos will completely disagree that the Muslims are being targeted in the country. Muslims have become President, Vice President and held many important posts," he said.

Disagreeing with Pilot, Seema Mustafa, editor of Covert magazine, said Muslims have always faced discrimination and the Sachar Committee report have proved it. They are being labelled as terrorists and sometimes appeased groups.

"Government of India, political parties and also the Muslim leaders who mostly belong to the elite and upper class should be held responsible for the present condition of the Muslims," she said.


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