BJP MP Subramanian Swamy revealed that former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had once invited him to Rawalpindi to inaugurate his office because his mother had told him (the former President) that she wanted a Brahmin to inaugurate it.
Bengaluru: Subramanian Swamy is man of many hats. Be it politics or economics or religion, he can talk meaningfully about such sensitive issues for hours together. In simple words, he is a repository of knowledge.
In an interview under TNIE's ThinkEdu Conclave 2020, Swamy revealed that former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is on very friendly terms with him and also added that the former President had invited him to Rawalpindi to inaugurate his office.
He said, "He's a good friend too. I was once asked to inaugurate his office in Rawalpindi because his mother wanted a Brahmin to inaugurate it. He's truly integrated with our culture. It is unfortunate that the Pakistan Court is seeking Musharraf's hanging.”
On the issue of granting citizenship to the former President, he said, “We can offer citizenship to Musharraf because of all the information that he has.”
The BJP Rajya Sabha MP also threw his weight behind the Citizenship Act and the abrogation of articles 370 and 35A.
He said, “Recently, the abrogation of Article 370, the Special Protection Group for Sonia Gandhi and the CAA were three issues on which I was asked to speak at the Parliament. Do you know that the first resolution of the Congress party was to provide citizenship to those Hindus and Sikhs facing religious persecution? Gandhi and Manmohan Singh endorsed this. This Bill has nothing to do with the Muslims of India. Pakistani Muslims aren't coming to India saying that they're persecuted."
Swamy also spoke on the concept of Hindu Rashtra.
"We're already a Hindu Rashtra. Right from the beginning, our Constitution mentioned faith, unlike any other constitution in the world. It bans cow slaughter. A Uniform Civil Code is also something that a Hindu Rashtra relies on. This doesn't mean that only Hindus can be Prime Ministers. Hindus in this country have never said that. Furthermore, we say that all religions lead to God. Which other religion says that apart from Hinduism?"
Watch the interview here:
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Last Updated Jan 10, 2020, 2:10 PM IST