KARNATAKA

‘Extremist ideas in all religious groups should be condemned’

For Peace: Members of Akhila Karnataka Mohammadian Kannada Vedike staging a demonstration in front of the Town Hall in Bangalore on Sunday condemning the terror attacks in Mumbai.

For Peace: Members of Akhila Karnataka Mohammadian Kannada Vedike staging a demonstration in front of the Town Hall in Bangalore on Sunday condemning the terror attacks in Mumbai.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

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Terrorists know no religion, says Baragur Ramachandrappa

Bangalore: Baragur Ramachandrappa, writer and former Chairman of the Kannada Development Authority, said on Sunday that the results of the recent elections in six States showed that people would not tolerate political parties using terrorism as an election issue.

Speaking at a protest organised here by Akhila Karnataka Mohammadeeyara Kannada Vedike against the terror attacks in Mumbai, he said that terrorists knew no religion and had no allegiance to any nation. Extremist ideas in all religious groups should be condemned, he added.

Terrorism should be collectively defeated by Muslims and Hindus. Just as Narendra Modi and Praveen Togadia did not represent all Hindus, Bin Laden and Kasab did not represent all Muslims, he said.

It was unfortunate that Muslims in this country were called upon to prove their patriotism at this point. Tipu Sultan had mortgaged his two sons to the British to protect his sovereignty, he said.

President of the vedike Samiullah Khan said that students and teachers in madrasas were keen on learning Kannada, but the KDA authorities were yet to pursue it seriously.

A delegation would meet the authorities soon to discuss the issue, he added.

The other speakers at the protest included B.T. Lalita Nayak and Ejazuddin.

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