Bollywood writer, poet and thinker Javed Akhtar today took on Asaduddin Owaisi in Parliament over the Bharat Mata Ki Jai issue. Owaisi, the chief of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), had a few days ago challenged the Indian public saying he is not required by any law to praise the motherland by mouthing ’Bharat Mata ki jai‘. Owaisi said that it’s not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution of India that he needs to say these words, even being a Muslim. “What law has been violated by what I said? No one can impose their ideology on us,” Owaisi had said.
Taking objection to Owaisi’s remark, Akhtar said, “the Constitution even does not ask him to wear sherwani (dress) and topi (cap)… I don’t care to know whether saying ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ is my duty or not, it is my right.”
He then chanted ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ a number of times.