Advertisement
Sunday, Oct 17, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Controversy Stirs As AIMIM MLA Insists To Replace Word 'Hindustan' With Bharat In Oath

The demand was made by Akhtarul Iman, state president of Asaduddin Owaisis AIMIM to replace the word Hindustan with 'Bharat' as it is in the Constitution

Controversy Stirs As AIMIM MLA Insists To Replace Word 'Hindustan' With Bharat In Oath
Akhtarul Iman | dhtiw_amie/ Twitter
Controversy Stirs As AIMIM MLA Insists To Replace Word 'Hindustan' With Bharat In Oath
outlookindia.com
2020-11-23T15:29:12+05:30

A controversy erupted on the floor of the Bihar Assembly on Monday when a legislator from AIMIM insisted that the draft for the oath in Urdu should have
"Bharat", as it is in the Constitution, instead of the seemingly eclectic "Hindustan".

The demand was made by Akhtarul Iman, state president of Asaduddin Owaisis AIMIM no sooner than he rose to take oath in Urdu.

It left the pro-tem Speaker Jitan Ram Manjhi visibly bewildered who pointed out that as per convention those who take oath in Urdu said "Hindustan".

The chair, however, permitted him to use the word Bharat.

Iman whose party champions the cause of minorities while wearing its patriotism on the sleeves, was stormed by journalists who wanted to know why he had an objection to "Hindustan" which is used by people of the country in common parlance.

The MLA replied "I had raised no objections. I had simply made a point that whenever we read the Preamble of the Constitution, in whichever language, it mentions the word Bharat. In the light of this fact I felt that since we are taking oath in the name of the Constitution, it would bem proper if use the same term for the name of our country".

He asserted that he had "no problems with the word Hindustan", having grown up reciting Iqbals famous poem "Saare jahaan se achcha, Hindustan hamaara" and appreciated "personal choice" exercised by leaders like Congress MLA Shakil Ahmed Khan who prefered to take oath in Sanskrit.

He also dismissed suggestions that his stand would "hurt Urdu-speaking population" who have been opposed to Sanskritisation holding it to be an assertion of Hindum majoritarianism.

However, the ruling NDA reacted with predictable distastem to the development, which helped All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) hog some more limelight after havingm caused a splash in the assembly elections in which it won five seats and is said to have affected the outcome in a number of
others.

"Hindustan is a commonly used word but some people create unnecessary controversy in a bid to look different", said former minister and JD(U) MLA Madan Sahni.

BJP MLA Neeraj Singh Bablu appeared nonplussed and remarked "those who have a problem with uttering Hindustan, should go to Pakistan".

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Congress Names Priyanka Gandhi As Party’s Face For Upcoming Uttar Pradesh Polls

Congress Names Priyanka Gandhi As Party’s Face For Upcoming Uttar Pradesh Polls

The party's newly-appointed election campaign committee chief P L Punia announced the decision on Sunday, saying Priyanka Gandhi is the most popular political figure in UP at present.

Kerala Rains: Death Toll Touches 19, Amit Shah Assures Help As Rescue Operations Continue

Kerala Rains: Death Toll Touches 19, Amit Shah Assures Help As Rescue Operations Continue

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 11 teams for search, rescue and relief operations in the state following incessant flooding and landslides since Saturday.

Chhetri Credits Youngsters For SAFF Win, Says Team Makes It Special

Chhetri Credits Youngsters For SAFF Win, Says Team Makes It Special

The skipper played a pivotal role in India's 2021 SAFF Championship triumph, but he credited the young brigade for the victory.

Kashmir LG Terminates Geelani’s Grandson Anees-Ul-Islam From Service

Kashmir LG Terminates Geelani’s Grandson Anees-Ul-Islam From Service

The government has so far dismissed over 20 employees from service on accusations of being a threat to the security of the State.

Advertisement