After the controversy over a Hindu Mahasabha vice president suggesting sterilisation to control the population of the Christian and Mulism communities, Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna supported her saying that she may have chosen the wrong words but it was necessary to ensure that the Muslim community implemented family planning.
Citing the controversial statement made by Sadhvi Deva Thakur saying that Christians and Muslims should be sterilised to control their population, the Saamna editorial said that she should have chosen her words more carefully and should have advised family planning for the two communities instead.
"Criticise the use of the word 'nasbandi' but finally family planning and population control are a very real problem," the editorial said.
It also said that there was no reason for her to hold her tongue merely because the BJP was in power.
"Politicians should speak after considering all possibilities. If anyone is saying that those in power should sit wearing a gag and speak the truth despite their emotions, then that isn't right as well. There has been an explosion of population in the country. In the future there will be a greater Muslim population here than in Pakistan or Indonesia and in comparison the number of Hindus will fall," the editorial said.
The editorial said that there was in doubt in the party' mind that the culture and social aspects of 'this Hindu land' would be be ruined by this. The editorial said that it was not possible to control the population of people like controlling the population of stray dogs through forcible sterilisation, and took on Owaisi for his criticism of the Sadhvi's statement.
"If Mr Owaisi is so concerned about the progress of his Muslim brothers then he should ensure family planning and stopping the wearing of burkhas among women," the editorial said.
Family planning could ensure better nutrition and education, the editorial said, adding that by expanding by the population we could create a new form of Pakistan that would not ensure a better life for the nation's occupants.
The editorial said that there should be family planning enforced and that it was in the interest of the Muslim community and the nation. It also pointed out that Samajwadi Party's Azam Khan had said that the Muslim community was poor and hence families had too many children.
"On one side some Muslim leaders are saying that because of poverty Muslim kids are becoming terrorists while on the other side leaders like Azam Khan are saying that because of poverty they are having more children," the editorial said.
It pointed out that many Muslim families have implemented family planning and were living happily.
"Neither has Allah taken offence to them implementing family planning nor have they been taken to the gaols. Let us now waste our time on whether it should be nasbandi or family planning," the editorial said.
The editorial ended by appealing to Muslim leaders to debate alternate topics or do a nasbandi of their thoughts and thereby save the nation.
This piece came after a controversial one from the party which had advised the withdrawal of voting rights for Muslims.
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Updated Date: Apr 15, 2015 12:33:13 IST