‘Muslims are not responsible for partition of India’: Owaisi


New Delhi: The head of AIMIM Asaduddin Owaisi he was addressing a public meeting where he said Muslims were not allowed to vote at the time of partition. Then only the ‘nawabs’, rich and educated could cast their votes.

He also said that it is absolutely wrong to shift the blame for partition on Muslims.

Asaduddin Owaisi said: “The people of our beloved nation who are uneducated, those who are filled with hatred in their minds and hearts against Muslims. We want to show them the mirror. We want to make them aware of the role of Muslims in India’s freedom struggle.”

He further said, “The nation achieved its independence on August 15, 1947. But this freedom was only possible because of the revolts that took place in the 1910s and 1920s against the British Raj? Why we have to look at the dates.”

Citing a series of dates going back to the 18th century, he said, “India got its independence in 1947. But the first freedom revolt started in 1857. Before 1857 another battle was fought in 1757. The Battle of Plassey, The Battle of Siraj-ud-Daulah.”

He further said, “After this, the battle of Buxar was fought in 1764. Another battle was fought in Rohilla in 1774. In 1799 Tipu Sultan was martyred.”

Talking about the battles of the freedom struggle, he said, “1799, 1774, 1764, 1757, 1857 and then 1947. Tipu Sultan’s sacrifice for the nation raised hopes in the hearts of the people.”

He further said, “The battle of Rohilla also helped to generate hope. Then the battle of Buxar was fought, then Siraj-ud-Daulah was martyred in the battle of Plassey. People also got hope when Ahmed Sayeed of Bareily was martyred. We got the final blow for independence in 1947.”

At the end he said, “So if we start looking at the freedom struggle from 1920 onwards. Is it feasible to forget all the other sacrifices that have been made before? Can we forget the sacrifice made by Siraj- ud-Daulah? Can we forget the sacrifice of the martyrs in the Battle of Buxar? Should we forget the Rohilla battle? So it is important for us to remember all the sacrifice and not be selective.”

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