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Dying Humayun told father Babur to respect cows, Brahmins: Rajasthan BJP chief’s faux pas

BJP’s Madanlal Saini, however, got his history wrong as Babur was Humayun’s father and had died in 1531, 25 years before Humayun breathed his last in 1556.

india Updated: Jul 26, 2018 21:42 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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The Rajasthan BJP chief’s remark on Tuesday came days after a Muslim man was allegedly beaten to death by a mob on suspicion of cow smuggling in Alwar district.(ANI/Twitter)

Rajasthan BJP president Madanlal Saini got his facts mixed up when he said that a dying Mughal emperor Humayun told his father Babur that he should respect cows, women and Brahmins if he wanted to rule India.

“When Humayun was dying, he called Babur and told him: ‘If you want to rule Hindustan, you must keep three things in mind: respect cows, Brahmins and women’,” Saini said.

Saini, however, got his history wrong as Babur was Humayun’s father and had died in 1531, 25 years before Humayun breathed his last in 1556.

The Rajasthan BJP chief’s remark on Tuesday came days after a Muslim man was allegedly beaten to death by a mob on suspicion of cow smuggling in Alwar district.

Several Twitter users pointed out the facts in history and some even ridiculed the leader.

Rakbar Khan (28) was beaten to death by cow vigilantes while he and an associate were taking two cows on foot through Lalawandi village in Alwar district on July 21 to his village in Haryana on allegations that they were smuggling cows for slaughter.

Condemning the killing, Saini said no one should take the law into their hands. The government has acted swiftly and punished the accused, he said.

He also opposed cow slaughter, saying that even during the reign of Aurangzeb, who was very rigid, cow slaughter was banned. “Muslim emperors did not allow cow slaughter. How are these people their followers? And the person who is documented was a cow smuggler and there was a case against him,” he said.

Several BJP MLAs have made outrageous statements in the wake of the Alwar lynching. Labour minister Jaswant Singh Yadav said that Muslims should respect the sentiments of Hindus and stop the business of smuggling cows. While condoling Rakbar’s killing, he said Muslims should stop eating beef.

BJP MLA Bhanwari Lal Singhal blamed the Meo community for being involved in crimes in the Mewat region.

First Published: Jul 26, 2018 16:37 IST