Former Union Minister and Congress G-23 member Ghulam Nabi Azad hinted at leaving politics to work for civil society while claiming that all political parties, including the Congress, cause division among the people.
Stressing for a change in civil society so that the people can stand for their rights, Azad was quoted as saying, “We have to bring about a change in society. Sometimes I think, and it is not a big deal that suddenly you come to know that I have retired and started doing social service.” The senior leader who recently met the interim president of Congress Sonia Gandhi after the poll rout as an emissary of G23 to press for collective leadership also stated that “political parties work to create a divide, 24×7, amongst people on the basis of religion, caste and other things.”
“Be it my party or any other regional or national party, I am not forgiving any of them. Civil society should stay together and fight against the evils,” the Congress leader said at an event in Jammu on Sunday according to ANI.
Azad, in his speech, blamed politicians for the “evils” in society. He was sceptical of the claims of the political parties bringing about a (good) change (in society).
“We (political parties) divided people on the basis of area (Ilaka), region, village and cities, Hindus and Muslim, Shia and Sunnis, Dalit and non-Dalit, divisions in backward classes also. Now, who remains to be a human in all this? Human values have lost priorities amidst the decline…,” Azad said.
Lamenting communal polarization in the country, the Congress leader blamed the political parties. “Politics in India has become so ugly that sometimes one has to doubt whether we are human,” he said.
His comments come at a time when the Bollywood film ‘The Kashmir Files,’ which is based on the migration of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990, is causing a stir in the political world, with some supporting it and others denouncing it. Azad further said that Pakistan and terrorists were to blame for all that had happened in the valley.
“Pakistan and militancy are responsible for what has happened in Jammu and Kashmir. It has affected all in Jammu and Kashmir, including Hindus, Kashmiri Pandits, Muslims, Dogras,” he said.
Remembering Mahatma Gandhi, he called him “the greatest Hindu and the biggest follower of secularism.” “Anyone who truly follows religion is truly secular,” he added.
The Congress leader also blamed militancy for the destruction of Jammu and Kashmir. “We all are human beings first, Hindus and Muslims later. Militancy has destroyed lives in J&K with Pak playing a big role in it. Militants have killed security personnel, cops and left many widowed, be it Kashmiri Pandits or Kashmiri Muslims,” he said.