I have great respects for everybodys views.. And on the panel tonight I want to simply say.. Whatever we argue.. Let us promise.. Let us promise.. Gentlemen.. you are all more experienced than me.. Let us nobody offend anybodys sentiments.. That is my simple request to you however the question goes.. Rahul Easwar.. one minute..let me.. Sir..one min.. one min sir.. No no no.. Question is this.. question is this.. If..If.. no one min one min sir.. Allow me.. [Hindi] I got your point.. There are two things.. [Hindi] Okay I take your point.. Now my question is this.. If the Madhya Pradesh Government.. Let me get Rahul Easwar in.. If the.. Madhya Pradesh Government wants to break a world record.. Then let it break a world record in literacy levels.. Let it..one min sir.. let it break the world record in internet penetration .. Let it..let it [Hindi] Allow me sir! I am simply saying that if the Madhya Pradesh Government wants to break a world record.. Break a world record in things that matter.. Avoid the things.. Avoid the things that [Hindi] Point is taken.. Let me get another view from Rahul Easwar please.. Rahul Easwar… It pains me.. as a young Indian.. even to hear this debate.. And on such a day.. in our Sabarimala temple, Thousands of people are going to a mosque this day.. In a Vavar Swamy mosque and paying our respects.. And near that temple, here is a place where there is a Vavar Swamy shrine.. Where there are no idol kept respecting the Islamic sentiments.. We are such a pluralistic nation.. Respecting all the sentiments and all the religious traditions.. And i would request my seniors who are very seniors to me.. we respect them.. we respect their sentiments.. Please understand the pluralistic culture of this nation.. And please don’t stick to nitty gritties and technicalities.. in disrespecting other things.. And please hear me sir.. Please don’t show intolerance.. Please hear us.. As a young Indian.. my request simply to you is.. We respect all sentiments and unlike that place of the world, I come from a place where, thousands and ten thousands of majority community go to a mosque and offer our prayers.. It is because we are such a pluralistic culture.. Basu Debab sab… I’ve not even been to Maulana Khalid.. I’ve not been to Subhodya.. Let everybody put their point.. Let everybody continue.. I’m getting a lot of reaction to this.. I know views are polarised on this.. But let everybody please.. er..complete their points of view.. Rahul Easwar..please continue.. I’ll come back to you.. Yes..Rahul.. My simple request is.. please don’t bring in the prism of religion to something like yoga.. I studied in London School Of Economics where yoga is taught by Britishers to other people.. just by invoking the name India.. In india there is something like this.. It is.. It has nothing to do with religion.. please let us not communalize the view for anything else.. I am totally for taking into confidence.. I’m all for.. Sir please show tolerance.. Sir this is intolerant.. Sir my simple request is.. this is intolerant.. You should atleast have the patience.. I request you.. you know.. please have the patience to hear us.. Sir let him complete..
So my simple request is.. Please hear all sides of point of view.. We.. definitely respect your sentiments.. We all respect your sentiments.. That is the reason why I said..our personal example.. Thousand years ago we have a mosque inside a temple.. It is.. now many people will appeal to you for vote banks.. When 1000 years ago.. when Islam was only.. in very small numbers.. we used to respect you.. Thats the.. that is the culture of… thats the culture of this land.. And remember I come from a place called Kerala, where the second oldest mosque in the world is there.. So we have always been a pluralistic nation.. We still respect your sentiments.. But please have the patience to hear all sides of view.. Rahul here is the question.. I think your point is well taken.. I want to.. I want to.. I want to ask Maulana Khalid Rashid.. Maulana.. Maulana Khalid Rashid.. You know.. In our country.. We have a syncretic culture.. As in..as in.. Please hear me sir.. There are many things that Hindus do which has some Islamic angle.. Or Islamic history.. or some Islamic influences.. There are many things that Hindus do which have Islamic influences.. There are many things that Muslims do which have Hindu influences.. Whether it is in our architecture.. Whether it is in our culture.. Whether it is in our language.. Whether it is even sometimes in the festivals that we celebrate in our country.. And that is why today, we are the greatest syncretic.. most cosmopolitan democracy in the world.. My question to you.. Maulana Khalid Rashid is.. Does this controversy around the fatwa.. make us appear to be an increasingly intolerant society? Which is once again towing the line that everything in this country.. everything and everybody will be distinguished on the basis of having an Islamic element or a Hindu element.. Its an Indian element.. Yoga is seen to be an Indian import to the world.. or the Hindu import to the world or the Islamic import to the world.. Your views Maulana Khalid Rashid.. You know you are completely right when you have said that we Hindu and Muslim.. er..participate in each others festival.. And yoga is completely an Indian exercise.. But.. as far as ‘Surya Namaskar’ is concerned.. It is not merely a Yoga.. but it.. it er.. means.. that to salute sun.. And its origin lies in worship of Surya that is the Hindu Solar diety .. That is to.. to bow before the sun.. So as far as.. er..Islam is concerned.. Islam does not allow its followers to bow or worship anything other than sun.. As far as yoga is concerned.. I think it is merely an exercise.. but it.. should not be connected to any religion.. So ‘surya namaskar’.. the issue of ‘Surya namaskar’ That has been raised in Madhya Pradesh.. is I think..er.. Issue raised by a political leader.. for his political..er..ends.. He want to meet some political ends.. So we religious leaders are of the view that yes.. yoga is simply an Indian exercise.. And we must see to it as an Indian exercise.. And religion should not be mixed with yoga.. But is it.. Now..okay.. One small observation I want to make is.. That..you know.. Today was Swamy Vivekanands birthday.. And.. Swamy Vivekanand was also a cultural icon of India.. He was not a cultural icon of Hindus.. He was not a cultural icon of Muslims.. He is.. His voice would reach every youth Hindu, Muslim, Parsee, Sikh.. every youth.. And this function was commemorating Swamy Vivekananda’s birthday.. across the world and in many Muslim countries.. There are very well known.. Muslim practitioners of yoga.. I mean infact in Pakistan there are shows.. There are yoga shows in the morning on local television.. So..so I.. I want to know today.. What this.. You know.. Whether this fuzz is.. is a bit of an over reaction.. One minute.. One minute.. Yes Rahul.. [Hindi] And remember.. Just because.. And remember.. Just because.. Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.. It doesn’t become a Christian medicine.. Just because Albert Einstein discovered relativity.. It doesn’t become Jewish science.. Just because Abdul Khalam was the head of a nuclear project.. It doesn’t become a Muslim thing.. In the same way Patanjali.. just because he was a Hindu.. It doesn’t become Hindu or any other religion associated.. So I request him humbly.. Insha allah.. you will have the patience to hear all of us.. Yes.. I am also with you.. Insha Allah.. Okay now one minute.. One minute.. One minute sir.. One minute sir.. One minute.. You see.. this is not.. At the end.. Sir my simple point is.. My simple point is.. Just because penicillin was discovered by Alexander Fleming.. It doesn’t become a Christian medicine.. Or Einstein discovered relativity.. It doesn’t become Jewish science.. Or Just because Abdul Khalam was the head of one missile project.. The missile doesn’t become a Muslim missile.. Or just because Patanjali was a Hindu.. And he was the inventor of Yoga.. It doesn’t become a Hindu thing.. It is simply.. It is simply a science or.. it is simply an exercise matter.. The last question to Maulana Rashid today is.. Maulana Rashid.. One minute sir.. Maulana Rashid.. everything in India.. cannot be seen to have a Hindu or a Muslim or a Parsee or a Sikh color to it.. Maulana Rashid.. Things are Indian.. And not Hindu and Muslim anymore on everything.. And..and.. when these matters come up.. specially when there are elections coming up.. you know the whole atmosphere gets polarised.. good point there I think.. whether it is from the Guru Granth Sahib.. whether its from the Quran or Bhagvad Gita.. At the core.. At the core it is the same.. At the core.. And we need to go back to the core.. Thank you very much..