Swami Agnivesh is both damned and admired at the same time. He has been called genius by his fans who are in millions and a mediocre who wants to be able to sit on stage at any cost by his detractors who are also found in equally large number. Though he stands with Muslim leaders on many platforms, there are accusations that he is behind many shuddhi movements too. But whether you love him or hate him, he is everywhere. NVONews.Com’s AN Shibli talked to him on several issues
Question: Once you were with Team Anna during the campaign against Corruption. Now what will you say about Anna Hazare and his movement?
Answer: Not only Anna Hazare, but Arvind Kejriwal and his team has disappointed not only me but the entire nation. They have in fact cheated the country. Thousands of people had given their support to expedite this movement but by announcing their political ambitions they have disappointed all of those who were with them. Even Swami Ramdev has disappointed the country. They are all just working against the Congress. Swami says that he is against black money but he is working only against the Congress. His entire movement is against the Congress. If everything you are saying is against a single party that means that you are working for some other party and Ramdev’s closeness to Bhartiya Janta Party showed which party that is. In my opinion, the movement should be against corruption and black money and not against the Congress party.
Question: Once you had said that P Chidambaram as Home Minister is very dangerous for the Muslims. Now he has been replaced by Sushil Kumar Shinde. Do you think that the problems Muslims are facing, particularly the arrest of innocent Muslims, will stop?
Answer: I hope the situation will now change. But I had not said that Chidambaram was dangerous only for Muslims, but that he is dangerous for the whole country. If he is the Home Minister, the country will suffers and its inhabitants will suffer.
Question: Despite continuing criticism and protest the arrest of Muslims youth from different part of the country continues. What is your reaction to that?
Answer: Illegal arrest is not just a problems for the Muslims. There are 1700 innocent tribals who are in Chattisgarh jail for crimes they have not committed. But nobody is talking about them. In India, the problem is that Muslims are working only for Muslims, Hindus are working only for Hindus and the same is true of people from other communities. This is wrong. If there is any injustice against anyone we all should jointly work for them. This is an issue of human rights violation it is the duty of everybody to work for the sake of human rights. It is only when we think like this will the situation improve.
Question: What do you have to say on the current communal violence in Assam?
Answer: I am very upset because of this. But we should not say this is a clash between Hindus and Muslims or between Bodos and Muslims. This is a law and order problem and as far as the Assam government is concerned it has totally failed to control this unwanted situation. We should work to bridge the gap between Bodos and non Bodos.