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'In my country I can be as Muslim as I like, and I'm still welcome to be a Hindu'

August 15, 2008
Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na director Abbas Tyrewala on how we can repay our debt to this great civilisation.

Out of the many things that I like about India, one of the best is that in my country I can be as Muslim as I like, and I'm still welcome to be a Hindu -- in my background, history and culture.

I admire Hinduism as a truly evolved way of life. I respect Islam as a truly great religion. In which other country can I claim, without contradiction, to be both?

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Being Indian means living a good life, a clean life, and constantly aspiring to the best within one's self as the only means of repaying your debt to this great civilisation.

Abbas Tyrewala also wrote the scripts for Maqbool, Main Hoon Na and Munabbhai MBBS He sent this e-mailed response to Patcy N.

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