‘Everyone was born a Hindu in this country, Hinduism the oldest religion’ – Ghulam Nabi Azad

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. Screengrab

Former Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday said that everyone “was born a Hindu” in this country, adding that Islam emerged around 1,500 years ago, while Hinduism is deeply ancient.

He made these comments while addressing a gathering at Thathri area of Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir, the video of which has gone viral. “Hinduism is the oldest religion. Only 10-20 Muslims came to India as part of the Mughal Army, the rest were converted,” he said.

Azad said that there was not a single Muslim in Kashmir 600 years ago and that most of the Kashmiri Pandits were converted to Islam. “All were born in this (Hindu) religion,” he added.

He said that all of us together, be it Hindus, Muslims, Rajputs, Dalits, Kashmiri, Gujjar, all should unite to make this our home. “This is our home, no one came from outside. We were all born in this soil and will die here,” said Azad.

“I spoke about a lot of things in Parliament which didn’t reach you. A BJP leader said that some people came from outside, and I said that no one came from inside or outside. In India, even in the world, Islam came 1500 years ago, Hindu religion is too old,” he added.

After having spent almost five decades in the Congress, 73-year-old Azad launched his own party – Democratic Azad Party – on 26 September last year.

Source: First Post

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