Chairman of National Minorities Commission: Those who cheer for Pakistan can go there
Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi took over as chairman of the National Minorities Commission in May, before which he was national general secretary of the BJP Minority Morcha. Photograph: (ANI)
The chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi, has reportedly said the people who cheer Pakistan (during a cricket match) can go there.
Or better still, be deported there.
The Indian Express reported Rizvi as saying: “I was asked about people, including those in Kashmir, who celebrated Pakistani win (in the Champions Trophy final). I said these are people whose mind and heart are actually in Pakistan, just their bodies are here, so they too should go there. Or better still, they should be deported across the border.”
India had lost to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final.
There had been reports of celebrations in Kashmir, where there is tremendous anti-India feeling, following the loss.
And 17 men -- 15 in Madhya Pradesh and two in Karnataka -- had been charged with sedition, again allegedly for celebrating Pakistan's win.
It is however difficult to explain the arrests -- the Supreme Court has said a person cannot be charged with sedition if he or she has not incited violence.
Rizvi took over as chairman of the National Minorities Commission in May, before which he was national general secretary of the BJP Minority Morcha.
The Express reported that one of the first statements Rizvi made after taking over was his “personal belief” that the Kashmiri Pandits should be given the status of a minority.