Saudi Arabia/Kochi: Kerala’s senior congress leader, also Minister for Transport and Electricity in State govt, Aryadan Muhammed, gave the media a lesson on the meaning of Hindutva, much to the surprise of everyone present.
The question put to the minister was about the relevance of the NSS and the SNDP (two major Hindu organizations in Kerala) in the politics of the state and to the Hindus in particular. To this, Mr.Aryadan, a devout Muslim, but an outspoken critic of Islamic fundamentalism, gave an elaborate discourse in which he dwelt on the Islamic and Christian invasion to our country. He also implied that all Christians and Muslims were Hindus who had to accept their ancient traditions as such. Mr Arayadan went on to ask the media
person his name and then pointed out that his grand father or his ancestors were surely Hindus. “Do you have any doubt about it?” – Aryadan asked.
Later he said Hindus and India had the capacity to culturally assimilate different peoples and that the Hindus had given shelter to all religions. “That is why we muslims and chritians are here.” He pointed out.