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Wednesday 29 January 2020

Irfan Habib served lawyer’s notice for propaganda

While Irfan Habib misled the crowd at AMU about the CAA, NPR and NRC, the lawyer who has served him the notice narrowed down the issues to what the historian had said on Monday about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and the RSS

A lawyer of the Aligarh Civil Court has sent a notice to leftist historian Irfan Habib. The lawyer served this notice against some historically debatable remarks made by the historian against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and the RSS. The notice asks Habib to reply and apologise within seven days.

The historian had delivered a speech at the Aligarh Muslim University on Monday. Advocate Sandeep Kumar Gupta has stated in the notice that Irfan Habib’s speech at AMU on Monday was “against the unity and diversity of India and it also challenges its sovereignty”.

Referring to Irfan Habib’s speech, Gupta wrote in the notice that

  • the historian had advised Amit Shah to remove ‘Shah’ from his name as it was a Persian word
  • Irfan Habib said that the RSS was founded to attack Muslims
  • He held Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar responsible for the partition of the country whereas “the fact is that the two-nation theory was a brainchild of Jinnah”
  • Irfan Habib made fun of MK Gandhi’s use of spectacles as a symbol in the government’s cleanliness drive

In the notice, the lawyer has said that he has read Irfan Habib’s “poisonous statements” in all newspapers. He has asked the historian to reply to the notice within seven days and apologise for his remarks. The notice states that if Habib does not do so, strict legal action will be taken against him.

The comments by Irfan Habib have come in the backdrop of the left-built narrative about the revised citizenship law, which was implemented nationwide last week, and which has led to riots in many parts of the country where the population is dominated by Muslims.

While Irfan Habib misled the crowd at the AMU with impunity with a bombardment of misinformation about the CAA, NPR and NRC — like orphans and Muslims will be asked to leave the country if they cannot establish their Indian identity — the notice is silent on such wrongdoings.

Irfan Habib had recently made news for another wrong reason when he heckled Arif Mohammed Khan while the latter was delivering a speech by saying that the governor of Kerala should speak about Nathuram Godse rather than Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

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