Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar quoted from his own writings to put to rest the notion that he was "anti Muslim" and "did not trust them".
In his article published by CNN News18, Asaduddin Owaisi went a step further and claimed that Dr Ambedkar was a leader of Muslims too, and he "is at the centre of his dream of Dalit-Muslim unity".
"Baba Saheb is as much a leader of Muslims as that of Dalits. When I talk about Dalit-Muslim unity I am talking about that unity by keeping Ambedkar in the centrality of my premise", Owaisi wrote in the article publsihed today which coincided with Dr Ambedkar's birth anniversary.
"In the midst of Parliamentary elections in 2014, a section of society sparked a debate by suggesting that Dalit icon and author of India’s constitution, Dr BR Ambedkar did not trust Muslims. The dangerous effort to present the tallest leader and the fighter for a united and equalitarian India as anti-Muslim is still alive.
"The constant onslaught in popular debates tried to project that Ambedkar viewed Indian Muslims negatively, and that this was deeply rooted in his dislike towards Islam or certain Muslim leaders of that time. The most problematic propagation was that Ambedkar’s essays titled, Pakistan or The Partition of India, were the proof that he did not view Indian Muslims positively.
"However, no study has ever proved that Ambedkar wrote much against Muslims. More importantly, he never took any decision against Muslims as a community", Owaisi wrote.
"Ambedkar, who built the agenda for inclusive society, much before others could even imagine such a thing for millions of downtrodden, feared and discriminated Muslims, has emerged as the tallest and most important figure in modern India", he added.
Owaisi also used the occasion to remind the country about Dr Ambedkar's warning against creation of "Hindu Rashtra".
"Let me end with what Ambedkar said would happen if Hindu Raj became a reality — It is a menace to liberty, equality and fraternity. It is incompatible with democracy, it must be stopped at any cost."