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‘Father of India’ divides country


Hyderabad: AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi lashed out at US President Donald Trump for calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi the “father of India”, saying Trump had no knowledge of Indian history.

“It’s an insult to the legacy of India,” Owaisi said.

“He is ignorant about our freedom struggle. Gandhiji earned the title of ‘father of the nation’. He united the nation through his vision of compassion, pluralism and brotherhood. Pandit Nehru and Sardar Patel were giants of Indian politics, even they were never called ‘father of India’. You can’t compare Modi with Gandhiji.”

Owaisi said the US President was playing a double game as he praised both Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan.

On Trump comparing Modi to Elvis Presley, Owaisi said there is a connection because Presley used to gather a huge crowd with his songs and Modi does that with his speeches.

Owaisi expressed dissatisfaction on India being clubbed with Pakistan on Kashmir.

“Why has Modi hyphenated our beloved country with Pakistan?” he asked.