Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the new parliament building in New Delhi, India, in a ceremony that garnered both admiration and controversy. The inclusion of the recitation of Surah Rahman, a revered chapter from the Holy Quran, during the inauguration, has ignited a fervent debate, given Modi’s history with the Muslim community.
The event, held on Sunday, saw the absence of several opposition parties, highlighting the underlying tensions surrounding the Prime Minister’s actions. Modi, known for his Hindu nationalist beliefs, has faced previous criticism for allegedly favoring the Hindu majority over the Muslim population in India.
Amidst the ceremony, Hindu priests conducted traditional rituals and recited religious hymns, reflecting a predominantly Hindu ambiance. However, the surprise recitation of Surah Rahman, a significant Islamic verse, raised eyebrows and drew criticism from various quarters.
Opponents of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and members of the Muslim community accused the Prime Minister of using this gesture as a superficial display of inclusivity while concerns about his treatment of Muslims persist.
Critics argue that this symbolic act alone does not absolve Modi from broader allegations of religious discrimination that have surrounded his tenure. They point to incidents such as the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and his handling of the 2002 Gujarat riots during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat. These events have fueled claims that Modi’s government policies disproportionately affect the Muslim population in India, leading to sentiments of marginalization.
By inaugurating the new parliament building amidst both praise and controversy, Prime Minister Modi’s actions continue to spark debates regarding his approach to religious inclusivity and the treatment of minority communities in India.
The post India’s New Parliament Inaugurated with Surah Rahman Recitation appeared first on Online English News - Latest Education, Business & Trending Enews.