Anyone born in India cannot be called anti-national


Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, on Sunday said that it was wrong to call anyone anti-national adding that “anyone, who is born in India cannot be called an anti-national.”

Speaking to NDTV’s programme, Walk The Talk, Singh said, “We can’t call any one anti-national, any one who is born in India cannot be called an anti-national.”

Local residents of Munirka area protest outside the gates of the JNU, against a function that was allegedly anti national in nature praising Afzal Guru on campus, in the capital New Delhi on friday. Delhi Police security was provided at the entrance to the JNU during the protest. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal New Delhi 120216

His comments assume in light of the supporters from Singh’s party, the BJP, repeatedly labeling the critics of the central government and the RSS anti-nationals.

Not so long ago, well known celebrities including actors Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan were asked to leave India after their comments on the growing religious intolerance in India.

Several senior colleagues of Singh had dubbed them anti-nationals and even suggested them to settle in Pakistan.

On the controversy over Ishrat Jahan’s murder and Batla House encounter, the home minister said, “As far as Ishrat Jahan case is concerned I’ve given my statements in the parliament and have informed that some papers are missing. I made a committee on this and they are investigating the issue. I do not think it was a staged encounter, and you know for a fact that this matter was in court. The court has also given its stand on this issue. This is the first time that Intelligence Bureau and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arein front of each other and this is quite unfortunate.”

He denied the allegations that the NIA was being used to favour the terror accused belonging to Hindutva forces particularly in Malegaon and Samjhauta Express blasts.

He said, “NIA is an autonomous investigating agency. After our government was made I have tried to give maximum autonomy to it. They can now go directly to law ministry if they every want legal opinion, they do not have to come to me.”

On the reported suggestions of renaming Akbar Road, Singh said that he had not received any such proposals.

He said, “I haven’t got any such proposal yet. Can’t say which names should be changed or not. Depends on contribution of the people. Be it a Hindu name or a Muslim one, this should not be a reason to change names.”

You can watch the full interview here