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Swamy piece smacks of bigotry: NCM

An article penned by Hindutva advocate Subramanian Swamy — in which he suggested revoking the voting rights of Indian Muslims — appears to qualify as hate speech and bigotry, the National Commission for Minorities chief Wajahat Habibullah has said.

delhi Updated: Jul 30, 2011 00:36 IST
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An article penned by Hindutva advocate Subramanian Swamy — in which he suggested revoking the voting rights of Indian Muslims — appears to qualify as hate speech and bigotry, the National Commission for Minorities chief Wajahat Habibullah has said.

"We will finalise our course of action in our next meeting on August 2," he said.

Habibullah said the article appeared to violate at least two sections of the Indian Penal Code, which deal with incitement of violence and hate speech.

"Members of the commission and its legal team are currently examining the article," Habibullah added.

In a July 16 write up on combating terror in the newspaper, DNA, Swamy proposed disenfranchising of Muslims unless they proudly declare their alleged Hindu ancestry and declaring India a "Hindu Rashtra (state)", apart from demolishing 300 mosques.

The article has sparked outrage in the US, prompting demands to have him fired from Harvard. Meanwhile, attacking Swamy, the Congress MP Digvijaya Singh said: "I strongly condemn the communal views expressed by him."