Chennai,Jan31(Agencies): Union Minister for Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid on Monday expressed hope that the Darul- Uloom -Deoband management would take an " objective view" of remarks of its head Maulana Gulam Mohammad Vastanvi on Gujarat and the 2002 violence which has triggered a controversy.

"It is a private institution,a historic and a very important institution and I am sure they will take an objective view what is good for them, what is good for society and what is good for the country," he said here.
 
Speaking to reporters after a book-reading session of his play, 'Sons of Babur,' at the Raj Bhavan, Khurshid said while Vastanvi hailed from Gujarat, the sentiments of those at Deoband, located in Uttar Pradesh, could be " much stronger."
 
"Frankly,he comes from another state.It is possible that the sentiments people have in Deoband are much stronger and perhaps different .

It is quite possible that was not clear to him and he made the statement he made .

But how it is to be treated will be a decision democratically taken by the
management of the institution," he said .
 
Vastanvi,who hails from Surat in Gujarat and was elected Vice-Chancellor of Deoband on January 10 has been facing protests from students at the Islamic seminary for his remarks that Muslims should forget the 2002 communal riots and move on and that the community did not face discrimination in Gujarat, ruled by BJP's Narendra Modi .
 
He had denied reports of his resignation in the wake of the controversy and said the governing council of Deoband which will meet on February 23 will decide on his fate .
 
Khurshid,who also holds the portfolio of Water Resources,said he favoured more co-operation between states and Centre and dialogue to resolve inter-state water disputes.
 
"It is largely a state affair but obviously we have to guide and we have to help dialogue between the states and different stakeholders," he said.

Responding to a question on linking rivers in Southern India, he said,"I don't have an opinion on this,"but added that the Supreme Court had in the past directed the Centre about inter-linking of rivers in the country.
 
" This is is an opinion which involves both the political opinion and that of the experts.

We have to study all these things carefully.These are all very important sensitive matters in which the stakeholders and their views have to be taken onboard before we can take a view one way or the other.

For that we need greater dialogue and I will be encouraging those dialogues," he added.
 
When asked about the Satyam scandal, Khurshid,a former Coprorate Affairs Minister,said Satyam-Mahindra had started showing profit and said that the crisis period was over.
 
To another question, he said the company did not need government funding and "government should not be interfering in private business."The government's duty was to protect private business from fraud and " we did it," he said.