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Parents unrecognised by secularists


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Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde known for his diatribe courted one more major political controversy mocking the secularists by saying they (secularists) cannot recognise their own parents. 49-year-old Hegde, a five-time Lok Sabha member from Uttara Kannada, is no stranger to controversies. A case was registered against him for allegedly using derogatory language against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at Kittur in Belagavi district recently.He stoked another controversy ahead of Assembly polls which is crucial for BJP as well as ruling Congress which is fighting tooth and nail to retain power in the State.Taking part in a Brahmin Yuva Parishat programme at Kukanoor town in Koppal district on Sunday, he said he feels happy if people say proudly that they are Muslims or Christians or Lingayats or Hindus as they are aware of their lineage. He had been slapped with cases for his ‘hate speeches’, including one where he allegedly equated Islam with terrorism.
He said, “But, I don’t know what to call those people who call themselves ‘secular’. Those who, without knowing about their parental blood, call themselves ‘secular’, they don’t have their own identity… They don’t know about their parentage, but they are called intellectuals.” “When it comes to it (secularism), they point to the Constitution. Yes, we agree, it is included in the Constitution”. Anant Kumar Hegde who is from the RSS stable and holds the Skills Development portfolio in the Modi Cabinet, said that Manusmriti had become outdated and in the present times, ‘Ambedkar Smriti’ was being talked about instead. “We respect the constitution and it has changed over the time, and it will change in the future. We are here to change the Constitution,” he added. Hitting out at Hegde on Monday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the Minister has not studied the Constitution, does not know parliamentary or political language. He said Hegde has not learnt the social system and added that people belonging to various religions live in India. “Each and every individual in this country is an Indian, and every religion has equal right and opportunity. He does not have this basic knowledge,” Siddaramaiah told reporters in Hubballi.

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