Beating boy to death, asking him to chant 'Jai Shri Ram' insult to Hinduism: Karan Singh

The Congress leader was alluding to the Jharkhand lynching case in which Tabrez Ansari, a young Muslim man, was seen on national television being beaten up with rods while tied to a pole.

Published: 12th September 2019 11:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th September 2019 11:58 PM   |  A+A-

Veteran Congress leader Karan Singh flanked by party MP Shashi Tharoor and RSS ideologue Seshadri Chari R during the formal launch of Tharoor's new book The Hindu Way in New Delhi Thursday September 12 2019. | PTI

Veteran Congress leader Karan Singh flanked by party MP Shashi Tharoor and RSS ideologue Seshadri Chari R during the formal launch of Tharoor's new book The Hindu Way in New Delhi Thursday September 12 2019. | PTI

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Beating a defenseless boy to death and asking him to chant 'Jai Shri Ram' is an insult not only to Hinduism but also to the great deity, senior Congress leader Karan Singh said on Thursday.

He was alluding to the Jharkhand lynching case in which Tabrez Ansari, a young Muslim man, was seen on national television being beaten up with rods while tied to a pole and forced to chant 'Jai Shri Ram' over alleged theft.

At the launch of party colleague Shashi Tharoor's book 'The Hindu Way: An Introduction to Hinduism', the former Union minister said the incident had hurt him as a Hindu and a propagator of the religion.

"Beating a defenseless boy to death and asking him to chant 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Jai Hanuman' is an insult to not only Hinduism, but it is an insult to the great deity," Singh said.

"Shri Ram was a compassionate being. Do you think he would like his name being taken while a poor boy is beaten to death? I find the clip intolerable to watch. As a Hindu it hurts me," he said, adding the perpetrators should be ashamed of the act.

At a panel discussion on the book later, Tharoor also referred to lynching incidents saying what is being done is in no way representative of the fundamental core tenets of Hinduism.

ALSO READ | Findings of post-mortem report don't point to murder: Police on Tabrez Ansari lynching case

However, he said, the fact is that these things are being done ostensibly in the name of Hinduism and in the name of an ideology named after Hinduism.

The ideology is pursued in a manner that involves chanting the name of a God -- 'Jai Shri Ram' -- which has "nothing to do with the Lord Ram who we have learnt to venerate and pray", Tharoor said.

He said problem arises when some people reduce the lofty ideals of the religion to the team identity loyalty of "British football hooligan".

"We consider ourselves Hindus and we don't think they speak for us," Tharoor asserted.

Referring to 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' chants that some insist on, Tharoor said there are these acid test and litmus tests on which if one doesn't oblige it makes that person anti-national.

This is a terrible "conflation of the liberality of the Hindu way versus a much more narrow and restrictive way of indian experience which some people are trying to promote", he said.

JD(U) leader Pawan Verma, who was part of the panel discussion on the book published by Aleph book company, said the real problem has arisen because a bulk of Hindus today are so "adrift from their moorings in terms of what we would consider an acceptable level of knowledge about religion".

"The real crisis in Hindusism is the legitimisation of the lowest common denominator," he said.

Seshadri Chari from the RSS said the criminal incidents in the name of Hinduism is "not Hinduism".

"If you pin down Hinduism to vigilantism and lynching, this is not Hinduism," he said, adding a law-and-order problem should not be connected with the lofty ideals of Hinduism.

Chari said the RSS has condemned lynching incidents in the past.

Speaking at the panel discussion, Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) Bibek Debroy said people should not get swayed by transient things and incidents as Hinduism has cannot be looked at in their light.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp