New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged the nation not to view the triple talaq issue from a political angle and expressed confidence that efforts to end the practice would be led by "enlightened" members of the Muslim community. At a function to mark the Basava Jayanti celebrations in honour of Kannada philosopher Basaveswara, Modi referred to the 12th century reformer's movement against regressive practices to speak about triple talaq.
"I appeal to you not to view the triple talaq issue from a political perspective. Come out and find a solution. That solution will have its own majesty and generations will remember you," he said. Modi said that he hoped that "powerful people" would emerge from society and help "eradicate outdated practices and evolve modern systems".
He called on Indian Muslims to lead not just those from the community in the country, but to show the "path of modernity" to Muslims worldwide. "That is the kind of power and energy this land gives to all of us," he said to thunderous applause. The prime minister spoke about women's empowerment, equality and good governance, as preached and practised by Basaveswara.
Referring to the practice of triple talaq, Modi said, "I am sure enlightened people will also emerge from among Muslims and come forward to end this practice, liberating our Muslim daughters and mothers from the scourge. I am sure enlightened Muslims will take this responsibility upon themselves." Modi also released a digital volume of Basaveswara's works titled "Vachan" in 23 languages. The works comprise 2500 sermons delivered by the philosopher.