New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi said in an election meeting that the real face of prime minister Vajpayee and his party cannot remain hidden for long with the mask that he is wearing. In further elucidation of her statement the party referred to Vajpayee's various statements about Muslims and Islam which show the real face of the man who during these elections tried to win their hearts and support throughout the country.
Congress party's spokesman, Dr Abhishek Singhvi referred to a statement of Vajpayee which appeared in  May, 1995 issue of Organiser: According to this statement, RSS has two objectives i.e., firstly to organise and unite Hindus and secondly to bring non-Hindu communities like Muslims and Christians into the national stream so as to develop the feelings of love and patriotism in them for the country. However, the way Islam has divided the world into Darul Harb and Darul Islam is a stumbling block in the way of achievement of this objective. Vajpayee added that in this country where Muslims live as a minority community, Islam has yet to learn the art of maintaining its existence and to thrive. He further said that Qur'an too does not give Muslims any guidance in these matters. It simply asks them to either kill 'kafirs' or ask them to embrace Islam but they cannot do this all the time and at all places, he said.
According to Singhvi, that issue of Organiser was subsequently withdrawn. He also referred to a speech of Vajpayee in 1970 delivered in Parliament as a Jan Sangh MP in which he had made Muslims responsible for all communal tension and riots in the country and said that loss of life of Muslims and their property will continue.
Singhvi said that Vajpayee had said in his speech that Muslim feel alienated in the country and had a feeling that they had no protectors. Therefore, they wanted to die fighting instead of living in a humiliating condition. They had loyalties towards Pakistan but the most important is that their leaders do not want them to join the national mainstream. Muslims were becoming more and more aggressive and communal with the passage of time and in reaction to that Hindus also were becoming aggressive.
Referring to another statement of Vajpayee, Sanghvi said that as a true disciple of Golwalkar, Vajpayee had said that non-Hindus of India would have to adopt Hindu culture, civilisation and language and learn to respect Hindu religion. Besides, they would have to live as subjects of Hindus and in return they would not be entitled to any rights and privileges. Addressing a rally in Goa [April 12, 2002], Vajpayee had said that Muslims, wherever they live, did not want to mix up and live in cooperation with others. Instead of preaching their views peacefully, they do so by frightening and terrorszing others, Singhvi said quoting
Recently, in reply to a question by media persons on the occasion of Murli Manohar Joshi's birthday regarding saffronisation of education Vajpayee had said that from Joshi one can expect only saffronisation, not 'greenisation' (Islamisation) of education.
(Qaumi Awaz [Urdu daily] April 3, 2004)
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