'India heaven for Muslims': MA Naqvi

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'India heaven for Muslims': MA Naqvi
'India heaven for Muslims': MA Naqvi

New Delhi : India is a heaven for Muslims with their economic, social and religious rights secure, said Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday, responding to a statement by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on what it called "Islamophobia" in the country.

"India's Muslims are prosperous. Those trying to vitiate the atmosphere can't be their friends," Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was quoted as telling Press Trust of India.

"The constitutional, social and religious rights of all the citizens including minorities is India's constitutional and moral guarantee," he said.

OIC on Sunday made remarks of urgent need to address the "urgent steps" to protect the rights of Muslims and stop the incidents of "Islamophobia" in the country.

Asked about the OIC criticism, Mr Naqvi said, "We are doing our job with conviction. The prime minister whenever he speaks, he talks about the rights and welfare of 130 crore Indians. If some cannot see this, then it is their problem."

"Traditional and professional bogus bashing brigades are still active in the conspiracy to spread misinformation. We should remain cautious of such evil forces and we need to work united to defeat their nefarious misinformation propaganda," said Mr Naqvi, the only Muslim minister at the centre.