After casteism games by many politicians in India, it’s time for politicians to take on the controversies to another level. Only Weeks after Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath kicked up a storm by branding Lord Hanuman as a Dalit, another BJP leader has come up with a ridiculous theory on the Hindu god's religion.
Bukkal Nawab, a councilor with the ruling party in the state of Uttar Pradesh, has said that Hanuman was actually a Muslim. “Hanuman belonged to the entire world. He was loved by people of every religion, every sect, and every community. But, as far as my beliefs go, he was a Muslim,” Nawab said while talking to media.
Nawab’s reason for arriving at this conclusion was equally curious. “I say Hanuman was a Muslim because the names of people in our religion, such as Rehman, Ramzan, Farman, Zishan and Qurban, rhyme with the god's,” he said, before rattling off a few more Islamic names -- Imran, Furqan, Sultan and Sulaimaan -- to further buttress his argue.
This is not the first time the politician has courted a controversy with his remarks. In 2017, while the same politician was still a member of the opposition Samajwadi Party, the councilor spurred protests by saying that he will donate Rs. 15 crore for constructing the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath was campaigning for the BJP in the run-up to the Rajasthan assembly elections in Alwar last month when he allegedly claimed that Hanuman was a “deprived Dalit” who lived in the mountains. Even as protests broke out, with cabinet colleague Om Prakash Rajbhar quoting that it is “wrong to divide gods on the basis of caste" and a right-wing group coming up with a legal notice, Mr Adityanath attempted damage control by claiming that he had been misquoted by the media.
The hullabaloo, however, refused to lie down. A few weeks later, former BJP parliamentarian Savitri Bai Phule adopted a parallel line on the issue. “Lord Hanuman was a Dalit and a slave of the manuwadi people. He was a Dalit and a human. When he gave his all for Lord Ram, then why he was given a tail and his face blackened? Why was he made a monkey?" she questioned, asserting that Dalits should also be considered human.