Shashi Tharoor quotes RSS source, says Modi is like a 'scorpion sitting on a Shivaling'

Tharoor made this remark while discussing the alleged strife between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS.

Published: 28th October 2018 11:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th October 2018 10:16 AM   |  A+A-

Shashi Tharoor (File | EPS)

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor kicked  up a storm on Sunday after quoting an RSS source who is believed to have described PM Modi as ‘a scorpion sitting on a Shivling’. This analogy immediately drew a sharp reaction from the BJP whose leaders hit out at Tharoor for his ‘horrific denunciation of Lord Shiva’.

Tharoor made this remark while discussing the alleged strife between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS. He said, “There is an extraordinarily striking metaphor expressed by an unnamed RSS source with journalist Vinod Jose of (The) Caravan, which I quote here, in which they express their frustration with their inability to curb Mr Modi. Mr Modi, he says, is like a scorpion sitting on a Shivling. You can’t remove him with your hand and you cannot hit it with a chappal either.”

He was speaking to a packed audience at the Bangalore Literature Festival, on his book, ‘The Paradoxical Prime Minister: Narendra Modi And His India’. “Moditva, which is Modi plus Hindutva, has been a concern among the RSS ranks, as it has allowed Modi to rise above the organisation. Though Modi is from the RSS, he is not confined to it,” he said.

Tharoor’s remarks drew the ire of the BJP, with Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad demanding an apology from Rahul Gandhi.

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“(Sic) Shashi Tharoor who is accused in a murder case has attempted to disrespect Lord Shiva. I seek a reply from Rahul Gandhi who claims himself to be a Bhakt of Lord Shiva on this horrific denunciation of Hindu gods by a Congress MP. Rahul Gandhi must apologize to all Hindus,” he tweeted. 
“The Congress claims to represent the heritage of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. 

Today, under the presidentship of Rahul Gandhi it has been reduced to hurling abuses and the worst form of civil discourse,” he said in New Delhi.

Tharoor, in response to the Union minister, shared an article where the metaphor was first used in 2012, on Twitter. “In view of unseemly demonisation of an out-of-context remark today involving a scorpion metaphor, my book #TheParadoxicalPrimeMinister cites & footnotes this article — please see the last paragraph of this article.”

In another tweet, Tharoor wrote, “(Sic) This comment (not by me) has been in the public domain for six years. RS Prasad making an issue of a 6-yr- old quote shows how little new the BJP has to offer the nation. As for media subserving the BJP desire for “controversy”, when will this “profession” develop any self-respect?”

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BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told a TV channel:  “He (Tharoor) has crossed all the levels, his comments are unacceptable, what kind of a language he is using. Another Congress MLA says he (Modi) is a mosquito. Congress leaders are using foul language against the PM.”
Union Minister Giriraj Singh claimed Tharoor was able to make such a statement because this was India and not Pakistan. Tharoor would have been silenced if he said such things in Pakistan, he claimed. “Tharoor has not insulted the PM, he has insulted crores of Hindus and Shiv devotees,” he said. “I will only say this: Congress is now crossing the line.”

Tharoor waded into another controversy when he likened the ongoing crisis at the CBI to a “1920s black and white comedy” with characters running from one end of the screen to another. All institutions in the country, such as the SC, Central Vigilance Commission, RBI and others, have been sidelined, he said.

The current government, he said, was the most centralised and top heavy government in recent memory. “Previously empowered secretaries of various departments have been reduced to subordinates of officials at the PMO. As a result, the Home Minister doesn’t know that the CBI director is changed, the Foreign Minister doesn’t know about change in foreign policy and the Defence Minister wasn’t aware about changes in Rafale deal,” he said.

PAKISTAN POLICY
Claiming that Modi had no foreign policy when it came to Pakistan, Tharoor said the relationship between the two nations has witnessed “ridiculous ups and downs”. Shortly after Modi made an impromptu landing in Lahore to meet Nawaz Sharif, Pathankot Air Force Station was attacked. Shockingly, Inter-Services Intelligence agents were allowed to come and inspect the spot by Modi, who had been critical of UPA government approach to hold talks, he claimed. 

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  • ANIL BHATT

    RaGa has been literally crying hoarse to tell the world he is greater than even Jesus when it comes to loving all and hating none - not even Modi. The whole of the RaGa brigade is out in the sun spewing hatred around
    6 months ago reply
  • SV RAO

    Not of RSS but his own comment.
    6 months ago reply
  • Nelson DSilva

    That Tharoor should have crossed the boundries of decency is not surpising. His reputation preceeds him. One only hopes he realises that his crude criticisms are not amusing nor enlightening but rather debase. Courtesy demands that he
    6 months ago reply
  • mmdamnoo

    Wonder for how long will the shivling be safe!
    6 months ago reply
  • Major Bains

    There is always a need for confidentiality when high offices decide important issues.
    6 months ago reply
  • VKD

    Shashi Tharoor is a Idiot Joker sitting on Congress
    6 months ago reply
  • indian

    and u tharoor want papputhuva !! where morons and morons will rule and loot this country !!
    6 months ago reply
  • I.Ahmed

    Welcome
    6 months ago reply
  • Srinivasan Sampath

    Very unfortunate that Mr Sashi Tharoor talking about a PM is using analogy of a snake and then commenting that you cant remove it with a chappal .
    6 months ago reply
  • Anonymus

    This fellow has lost his credibility after sad story of his wife. It seems that after coming out of UN he could not get good poltical platform also. Just criticising Modi is a job given to him
    6 months ago reply
  • Brij Raj Kumar Mishra

    he is true
    6 months ago reply
  • Rahulan

    So says the Casanova scholar with wife's blood in his hands.
    6 months ago reply
  • Kumar

    Language spoken by Shashi Tharoor is inappropriate. He should mind his language.
    6 months ago reply
  • Raman

    I wonder why people call Mr.Shashi Tharoor for this event as he has no moral standing and first of all
    6 months ago reply
    • VKD

      Yes you are correct
      6 months ago reply
  • Raman

    Mr. Shashi Tharoor you have no right to talk about anything as you have killed your wife and misbehaved with her. You have no moral right to preach anybody. Your Congress party has allowed to talk like that as the Party has no right moral leader . It is high time
    6 months ago reply
  • Mr Ravi R Kulkarni

    Rightly said Dr Tharoor.Just.like Rahul stuck in the Congress Bum.
    6 months ago reply
  • VS

    A scorpion attacks only when it is disturbed and feels threatened. Tharoor is suspected of being deadly to an innocent defenseless woman. Just because he has been detected and asked to explain - he suddenly finds the government ( Modi) as a scorpion. If he was offered a nice post in the government
    6 months ago reply
  • Lalu

    At least Modi is not a murderer.
    6 months ago reply
  • dharampal

    Bharat that is India is referred to as Bharat Mata and Mother is ADI SHAKTI creater of all univers and knows that every creature has a rolke and as such Modi does have one to set the system right by taking action which are freighting the demons.
    6 months ago reply
  • Mathivanan Palraj

    If Modi has alienated from RSS
    6 months ago reply
  • pisasukutty

    Please use Gadkari as the lathi..
    6 months ago reply
  • pisasukutty

    use a lathi to remove the scorpion from Shivaling and then hit it with the same lathi to finish it..
    6 months ago reply
  • pisasukutty

    nice..I love the analogy..
    6 months ago reply
  • Hiralal

    From a reputed intellectual
    6 months ago reply
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