Communal virus is worse than coronavirus: Prince of Arcot

Chennai: The Prince of Arcot, Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali, has expressed serious concern over the “rising communal hatred in India”.

In a statement here, he said that he is deeply distressed by reports that Muslims have been attacked in many places across the country, after several persons who attended the Tablighi Jamaat conference, in New Delhi, last month tested positive for Covid-19.

“There can be no doubt that the Tablighi Jamaat acted foolishly when it chose to go ahead with its conference, despite knowing that the pandemic was spreading fast across the globe. But there is no truth in the accusations that Tablighi Jamaat members had intended to infect millions, as part of an Islamic conspiracy and were carrying out ‘corona terrorism,” the Prince of Arcot asserted.

Such hate campaigns, the Prince said, have resulted in Muslims businesses across India being boycotted and Muslim volunteers distributing rations being called “coronavirus terrorists.” Even posters have appeared barring Muslims from entering certain neighbourhoods in States as far apart as Delhi, Karnataka, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh, he said.

The Prince of Arcot commended the Taminadu Director General of Police, J K Tripathy, for his strict instructions to police officers across the State to initiate stringent action against those spreading “communal hatred.”

The Prince of Arcot felt “communal virus is worst than coronavirus.”


NT Bureau