Congress disapproves of Shashi Tharoor's 'Hindu Pakistan' remark, warns leaders

Tharoor stirred a huge row with his remarks that if voted to power again, the BJP will rewrite the Constitution and pave the way for creation of a "Hindu Pakistan".

Published: 12th July 2018 07:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2018 09:55 PM   |  A+A-

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. (File photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Congress today disapproved of remarks by its MP Shashi Tharoor that if the BJP is voted to power, it will pave the way for creation of a "Hindu Pakistan", and cautioned its leaders to choose words carefully while rejecting the saffron party's "hatred".

The comments came after Tharoor on Wednesday said while delivering a public lecture that India would become a Hindu Pakistan if the BJP came to power again in 2019.

"If they (BJP) are able to win a repeat of their current strength in the Lok Sabha, then frankly our democratic constitution as we understand will not survive because they will have all the three elements they need to tear up the Constitution of India and write a new one. That will be a new one which will enshrine the principle of Hindu Rashtra, will remove equality for minorities, that will create a Hindu Pakistan and that isn't what Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for," Tharoor reportedly said.

"Modi government thrives upon an unprecedented atmosphere of division, bigotry, hatred, intolerance and polarisation for last 4 years. Congress, on the other hand, represents India's civilisational values of pluralism, diversity, compassion and harmony between faiths and ethnicities. All Congress leaders must realise this historic responsibility bestowed upon us while choosing words and phraseology to reject BJP's hatred," Congress communication chief Randeep Surjewala said.

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He asserted that the Congress represents India's civilisational values of pluralism, diversity, compassion and harmony between faiths and ethnicities.

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The BJP today demanded an apology from Congress president Rahul Gandhi over Tharoor's remarks and said the MP had insulted India's democracy and Hindus.

The BJP used Tharoor's comments to brand the Congress as 'anti-Hindu' and sought an apolgy from him. "Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed will become fan of the Congress after reading Tharoor's comments," BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said.

As criticism mounted, Tharoor tried to explain his positon through a Facebook post saying he had been misconstrued. "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," he said.

In an attempt to control damage, Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said every worker of the party should not be provoked by the BJPs polarizing and dividing statements and that every Indian knew the opposition party represented a pluralistic, multi religious, a multi linguistic society.

"Irrespective of the government which comes into power, Indian democracy will never allow India to become Pakistan. Today, India is far ahead of Pakistan and in this Congress has a very valuable contribution," Shergill added.

(With PTI inputs)

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  • r.mohan

    Tharoor is making politically incorrect statements after his wife's demise. In Pak nobody cannot think of living in peace
    1 month ago reply
  • Manu Mohan

    What is wrong in what Tharoor said? BJP has to prove it
    2 months ago reply
  • Krishna

    Congress lost decency. The way their leaders are behaving is an indication of down fall. Looks like these leaders will contribute for elimination of the Congress party. Probably It is good for society.
    2 months ago reply
  • Nishant Avasthi

    how sad that Intelligent people like #SashiTharoor ji still cannot figure out the reasons for the failure of Pakistan as a state & the essence of being a Sanatani aka Hindu
    2 months ago reply
  • vilas

    hahahah let us make Tharoor Pakistan in Arab and Pakistan or Tararar Tharoor Hindustan
    2 months ago reply
  • Shekar

    Mr.Tharoor must be honest to himself by :a) elaborating on how the minorities are treated in Pakistan and how they respond to such treatment and
    2 months ago reply
  • Kamal Pasha

    RSS killed Mahatama
    2 months ago reply
  • Binoy howlader

    I think Shashi tharoor want to say that it will be like present situation of Iraqe Syria
    2 months ago reply