Justice (ret) Rajinder Sachar, former Chief Justice of New Delhi High Court has always been a ‘pain in Hindutva ….) for criticizing plight of India’s non-Hindu minorities especially 150 million Muslims.
Justice Sachar says secularism is wrongly defined by some people, but the fact remains that it is not against any religion. Secularism means religious equality and that no religion is superior to others. Justice Sachar also says that all persons are equal before law and there can’t be any discrimination on the basis of religion, race, colour and region. The Indian constitution has also accepted this position.
In a 2006 report by Congress government-appointed panel headed by Sachar, had criticized the Indian government over the mistreatment of Muslim, Christian and Sikh minorities by the central and state authorities in cooperation with extremist Hindu groups (Hindutva). Sachar claimed that the political parties (BJP, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal, RSS, etc.) that played a major role in the demolition of Babri Mosque in 1992, had no right to lead India.
In the report Justice Sachar also lauded the teachings of Islam and said no other religion gave so much stress on education, equal rights to women and right of inheritance. He also condemned the attitude to see Muslims with suspicion in the wake of terrorism.
Modi who has offered ‘olive branch’ to several Muslim groups in India, and even visited a few Muslim countries to whitewash his role in the Muslim Genocide in Gujarat in 2002 – Modi has kept anti-Muslim propaganda by his BJP leaders and cabinet ministers. For example, BJP’s “Muslim face”, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Modi’s parliamentary affairs minister told Indian Muslims that they should immigrate to Pakistan if they cannot survive without consuming meat.
On June 14, 2015, in an article at India Resists, justice Sachar has claimed that despite lip service, Indian prime minister Nirendra Modi has not taken a single concrete action to stop his Hindutva supporters from spreading hatred against India’s Muslim, Christian and Sikh minorities.
In the article, Sachar also blasted Modi for his love affair with the Zionist entity which offends not only Indian Muslims but also Hindus who hate foreign occupation.
“Modi’s visit to Israel is being projected as a big visit, but surprisingly he is not combining it with visit to Palestine. In my view this decision apart from reflecting anti Muslim bias is bad for the reason that Israel is by overwhelming majority of U.N. members and even by U.S.A. government (Modis close ally President Obama) being criticized for over decades for not vacating its illegal occupation of Palestine territory which is recognized as an independent nation by U.N. This is also a breach of India’s own consistent policy right from the beginning which has been demanding vacation of Palestine territory. Is it any surprise that if Muslims in India (and for that matter overwhelming Hindus even) would consider such a limited visit as an anti Muslim bias of Modi Government,” wrote Justice Sachar.
On July 23, 2014, Washington-based Hindu journalist and author, Sadanand Dhume, wrote in at Jewish Wall street Journal: “New Delhi appears to suggest publically what many officials already acknowledge privately: a burgeoning strategic partnership with Israel matters more to India than reflexive solidarity with the Palestinian cause.”