Social activist and Arya Samaj scholar Swami Agnivesh on Friday said that those who insisted on everyone shouting the slogans of Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Vande Matram needed to undergo an examination to prove their patriotism. Muslims of this country had proved their patriotism during the struggle for independence, said Agnivesh, who is the president emeritus of the World Council of Arya Samaj.
Agnivesh was participating in a discussion on protection of the Constitution (samvidhan ki suraksha) at Saraimeer, Azamgarh. Social activists, spiritual leaders and a few politicians were present at the event.
Noted social activist Teesta Setalvad gave a call for unity to “uproot fascist forces”. “I don’t blame only Jinnah saheb for the Partition of the country (Main akele Jinnah Saheb ko partition ke liye doshi Nahi Manti). Fascist forces also had their role in the division,” Setalvad said.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind president Maulana Arshad Madani said the followers of different religions had the constitutional right to live in this country. Harmony and peace were necessary for development, he added.
Swami Jeetendranand Sarswati of the Varanasi Ganga Peeth also attended the conference.