Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan said on Saturday that everyone born in India should be referred to as a Hindu, and that he, too, should be referred to as a Hindu.
“You must call me a Hindu… It was perfectly fine to use terminologies like Hindu, Muslim and Sikh during the colonial era because the Britishers had made the communities as the basis for deciding even the ordinary rights of citizens,” Khan was quoted as saying by ANI.
According to Khan, the founder of the Aligarh Muslim University, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, urged people to refer to him as a “Hindu”. He made these remarks while speaking at the opening of the Hindu conclave hosted by the Kerala Hindus of North America in Thiruvananthapuram.
“Sir Syed Ahmed Khan once said that I do not think Hindu is a religious term, it is a geographical term. Anyone who is born in India, eats food grown in India or drinks water from Indian rivers deserves to be called a Hindu,” said Khan.
He asserted that there has been a state-wide plot to give the impression that it is improper to declare one’s ethnicity as Hindu.
In the nation’s “Sanatana Dharma,” he asserted, all religious groups are on an equal footing.