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Ruckus in Rajya Sabha over invitation to Indresh Kumar

New Delhi:  How has the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) left its original goal and is moving towards the safronisation of education, taking a cue from the RSS, was hotly debated in Rajya Sabha when the Samajwadi Party MP, Javed Ali Khan, raised during question our that the NCPUL, which is governed by the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development, had invited him as a member of that organisation to a conference of experts of the three languages, Urdu, Persian and Arabic. He said, “When I reached the venue of the conference, I was perplexed to find that the conference neither took up any issue relating to these three languages, nor did I find any expert of the said languages there. The issues being discussed there were:  how many ‘talaqs’ are permissible, one, two or three; and how many wives should a Muslim keep, one or four; how to inculcate love of homeland in Muslims, how to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’? Khan said this lecture was not being delivered by a linguist, litterateur or a poet, but by an accused in the Malegaon bomb blasts who has also been accused by the CBI to be involved in Ajmer bomb blasts. Khan explained that the man he was referring to was no other than an active member of the RSS working committee, who had been engineering communal riots in the country and his name is Indresh Kumar. Khan explained that this man was officially invited to the conference. As soon as Javed Khan named Indresh Kumar, ruling BJP members raised a hue and cry, asserting that the fellow is not a member of the house, so he should not be named. On the other hand, Samajwadi, CPM, CPI, JDU, Congress and other opposition members stood up asserting that his name should not be removed from the record of the house.
Sitaram Yechury said the person who has been named is known to everybody and they know his organisation as well. Therefore, his name should be kept on the record. Prof. Ram Gopal and Naresh Yadav also advocated keeping his name on record.
Earlier also, the NCPUL had been blamed for taking a cue from the RSS and its Director, Prof. Irtiza Kareem was blamed for keeping proximity with the Hindutva organisation.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 August 2016 on page no. 15

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