Changing Islamic names of cities ill omen for secular India: Hakeem Yaseen
Srinagar: Chairman PDF and MLA Khansahib Hakeem Yaseen has strongly condemned decision of the UP cabinet to change Islamic names of its two more cities Faizabad and Allahabad adding that Right wing lobby in India has launched a sustained campaign to rename Muslim and Islamic names of historical places in various areas of the country, in a vain effort to convert secular India into a Hindu Rashtra.
He has cautioned that this sinister campaign was fraught with disastrous consequences on the secular and democratic credentials of the country.
In a statement issued here, Hakeem Yaseen has said that changing Islamic names of historical places and cities would tarnish democratic and secular image of India at the international level.
He said changing Islamic names of historical places for vote bank politics speaks volumes about political bankruptcy of Rightwing and fringe elements adding that historical facts could not be distorted by such a cheap mindset.
Yaseen said changing Islamic names of cities seems a ploy to brow beat a particular minority community and create an atmosphere of fear and insecurity in them. He said country has centuries old strong and harmonious communal foundation which cannot be shaken by cheap designs.
Maintaining that communal harmony was the hall mark of rich ethos of Indian polity, Hakeem Yaseen called upon the Indian intelligentsia and civil society to rise to the occasion to protect the secular credentials of the country from the onslaught of communal forces and uphold countries centuries old traditions of brotherhood and amity.