Thiruvananthapuram: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has whipped up the 'Hindu Pakistan' row again.
A defiant Tharoor reiterated his charge and brought up the term 'Hindu Pakistan' that has so riled the BJP, just a day after he made the scathing charge against the saffron outfit.
Tharoor's initial comment which irked the BJP was that the ruling party would tear up the Constitution and create a 'Hindu Pakistan' if it comes to power again in 2019.
“I have said this before and I will say it again. Pakistan was created as a state with a dominant religion, that discriminates against its minorities and denies them equal rights. India never accepted the logic that had partitioned the country. But the BJP/RSS idea of a Hindu Rashtra is the mirror image of Pakistan -- a state with a dominant majority religion that seeks to put its minorities in a subordinate place. That would be a Hindu Pakistan, and it is not what our freedom movement fought for, nor the idea of India enshrined in our Constitution,” Tharoor posted on his Facebook page.
Tharoor's office also refuted reports that the Congress had asked him to show restraint. "There's no communication to that effect from the AICC," Tharoor's office said.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra had said that by coining “Hindu Pakistan”, Tharoor had attacked the democracy of India and the Congress has attacked the Hindus of the country.
“This is condemnable,” he said, and wanted Congress president Rahul Gandhi to apologise and account for Tharoor's remarks. No Congress leader has officially responded to the issue.
The Congress MP had, in his July 11 speech, also said that the stalwarts of the Sangh Parivar – Savarkar, Golwalkar and Deendayal Updhyay – wanted the Indian Constitution discarded.
“They wanted it discarded because it is based on the wrong idea of nation. The Constitution assumed the nation of India as a territory. Wrong, they said. The nation is a people, they argued. And the people are Hindus. The rest are essentially guests or interlopers. Christians and Muslims they considered bandits and dacoits,” Tharoor had said.
He had said that the most preferred terminology of prime minister Narendra Modi was “New India”.
“He had repeated the term 15 times in his Independence Day address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort last August,” he said.
“The New India he is trying to create is built on the ashes and ruins of all that is Old India,” Tharoor said.
In his FB post on Thursday he said: “Many proud Hindus like myself cherish the inclusive nature of our faith and have no desire to live, as our Pakistani neighbours are forced to, in an intolerant theocratic state. We want to preserve India and not turn our beloved country into a Hindu version of Pakistan.”