On December 24 2012, Owaisi addressed a rally of twenty to twenty-five thousand Muslims in the Nirmal town of Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh. In his two-hour long speech, Owaisi made several inflammatory, disparaging and derogatory comments against Hindus, Hindu deities, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Vishva Hindu Parishad, Bharatiya Janata Party, Narendra Modi, India, and United States of America.

Owaisi made the statement that “the population of your Hindustan (India) is 1 billion, while we Muslims are 250 million.” He added that Muslims of India would need only 15 minutes without the police to show the Hindus of India who is more powerful – the Hindustan of 1 billion or the 250 million Muslims”. The crowd responded to this statement by shouting slogans of “Allah-Hu-Akbar” and the leaders present at the meeting supported Owaisi. Owaisi called the Hindus as “impotent” and the Indian police as the “impotent army”. He said that not even one crore impotent men can together father one child. He said that these people (Hindus) cannot face the Muslims, and whenever the Muslims start dominating the Hindus, the impotent army (police) intervenes.

Owaisi repeatedly called Ajmal Amir Kasab, one of the Pakistani militants of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, a “child”, and compared him to Narendra Modi. He asked if Kasab was hanged then why is Modi not hanged, and said that the reason was only because Kasab was a Pakistani and Modi is Indian. He said that if the Muslims of India united like the Muslims of Andhra Pradesh, Narendra Modi would soon be hanged. Owaisi threatened that if his words were not heard, “O India, destruction and ruin will be your fate”. He also dared Narendra Modi to come to Hyderabad, threatening by saying “we will show him then”. Owaisi justified the Mumbai bombings of 1993 by saying they were a reaction to the demotion of Babri Masjid. He also questioned the punishment handed out to the accused of the bombings, naming Tiger Memon as one of those punished even though Tiger Memon is still at large.

Owaisi made several derogatory comments against Hindu deity Rama and his mother Kaushalya. Questioning the birth and the birthplace of Rama, Owaisi asked “where all did Kaushalya go to give birth to Rama and where all did Rama take birth”. Owaisi also mocked Hindu panentheism saying Hindus have many gods and goddesses, and every eight days, new gods keep coming up. In a reference to the Bhagyalakshmi temple, he said, “We knew about Lakshmi, but who is Bhagyalakshmi, we are not aware.”

Owaisi compared the state of Muslims of India to the state of Muslims of the world and blamed India and America for the same. Owaisi said that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the Vishva Hindu Parishad, and the Bharatiya Janata Party were poisonous snakes, and to “crush their heads” a stick is enough.

The Speech of Owaisi :- ”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iwgzO6xgTQ0
another speech :-”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vwt90z-Lf5A ” saying that Akbaruddin Owaisi says hindus gods are disgusting and Hindus should eat tasty Cow …

Legal proceedings

On 28 December 2012, an Advocate K. Karunasagar filed a petition in a local court in Hyderabad against Akbaruddin Owaisi for hurting the sentiments of Hindus, and for making inflammatory, derogatory and offensive remarks. Karunasagar received three death threats on the night of filing the petition. The Andhra Pradesh Human Rights Commission directed the Hyderabad Police Commissioner to submit an inquiry report on the alleged hate speech by January 17 2013. On January 3 2013, Abid Khan, General Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee, told news channel CNN IBN that the state government had “taken cognizance of speech” and they were “collecting evidence to build a strong FIR and a water-tight case where we can book the person causing hatred.”

 

Criticism

Several notable people and organizations criticized Owaisi for the speech. The Andhra Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party president, G. Kishan Reddy called for booking Owaisi, annulment of his assembly membership and de-recognition of All India Majlis-e Ittihad al-Muslimin. Reddy said that “…religious bigotry, unabashed incitement of religious sentiments and contemptuous insinuation against Hindu gods and goddesses formed the crux of the speeches of a person who was sworn in as an MLA”. In a statement issued by the Confederation of Voluntary Associations (COVA) on December 30, several social activists criticized the speech saying that such “obnoxious” speeches will lead to division of society, violation of peace and conflicts. The social activists demanded exemplary action to prevent such “intolerable” acts in future. The signatories to the statement included Asghar Ali Engineer, Swami Agnivesh, Mahesh Bhatt, Hamid Mohammed Khan, Sandeep Pandey and Ram Puniyani. Journalist and BJP leader Balbir Punj said that Owaisi’s speech was tantamount to inciting Muslims to revolt against the police and army and start a civil war, and he added that the silence of the media was surprising. Asaduddin Owaisi, elder brother of Akbaruddin, refused to comment on the speech saying the matter is subjudice. Congress politician Digvijay Singh said that everybody should think before speaking and demanded action against people making such speeches. TV news channel Times Now reported that the speech was so inflammatory and so provocative that they had decided not to broadcast it. A CNN IBN news report said Owaisi’s speech virtually called on Muslims to take arms against the Hindus, and questioned the silence of the media and politicians for 10 days. Najeeb Jung, vice-Chancellor of the Jamia Millia Islamia university, told CNN-IBN that the police was giving excuses of backroom investigation, while it was only a matter of two-minutes to investigate since the “TV cutout” was available for everybody to see and contents of speech were available my above writings for everybody to read. Jung said that the speech incited incendiary feelings between two communities of an extremely serious nature, and refused to believe Owaisi was ill.

The speech sparked anger and outrage on Twitter. On December 28, journalists Karan Thapar and Swapan Dasgupta tweeted “Inflammatory speech by MLA Akbaruddin – Remove police for 15 mins, We will finish off 100 crore Hindus.” Writer Taslima Nasreen tweeted that Owaisi is trying to indoctrinate the Muslims of India and such speeches will “produce thousands of Kasabs”. Bollywood artiste Farhan Akhtar tweeted on January 2 2012 “How can two girls be arrested in less than 24 hours for a harmless FB post, but Owaisi roams free after his blatantly communal rant.

 

Advertisements