Beard, skull cap, scarf, hijab are Muslim identities: Owaisi

New Delhi: Slamming Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his comment ‘thok denge’, AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Mr Owaisi said it is unbecoming of a chief minister ruling a state with 24 Cr population to say like this. He was speaking at an event held here for the launch of senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid’s book ‘Visible Muslim – Invisible Citizen: Understanding Islam in Indian Democracy’.

A panel discussion on the book was held participated by Salman Khurshid, Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi, BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli and others.

Mr Khurshid said, “There is an emphasis being made on uniformity as being integral to unity. We believe in the traditional idea, as many of you would, that diversity is essential for unity of the country.”

As reported by PTI, Owaisi also said a country should not have uniformity, and its “diversity should be celebrated”.

The panelists lamented upon the alleged thrashing or harassment of some people belonging to a minority community, and forcing them to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

Taking a dig at TV channels, Owaisi said, they like “man with a beard and skull cap as it is good for their TRPs”. He told that beard, skull cap, kurta, pajama, scarf, hijab all these are the identities of Muslims.

Present at the event were former bureaucrat and noted human right activist Harsh Mander, Seema Chishti Hilal Ahmed, Former union minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, former Chief Election Commission of India Naseem Ahmed Zaidi, former MP Mohammed Adeeb, Congress leader Shakeeluz Zaman Ansar and Dr Rakhshinda Jaleel.

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