SALMAN KHURSHID’S HOME VANDALISED AFTER HINDUTVA COMMENTS
16 November 2021
Senior Congress leader and former union minister Salman Khurshid had his Nainital residence vandalised and set on fire by miscreants on Monday. The incident was followed by the controversy that surrounded his book ‘Sunrise over Ayodhya: Nationhood of our Times’, where he compared Hindutva with the likes of fundamentalist Islamic groups like ISIS and Boko Haram.
After the incident took place, he wrote on Facebook along with images from his house. “I hoped to open these doors to my friends who have left this calling card. Am I still wrong to say this cannot be Hinduism?” he posted. “So such is the debate now. Shame is too ineffective a word. Besides I still hope that we can reason together one day and agree to disagree if not more”, he wrote. ANI quoted DGI Meelesh Anand saying “Rakesh Kapil and 20 others have been booked. Strict action will be taken against perpetrators”.
The comments in his book sparked a strong feud between ideologues of the BJP and the Congress with both parties engaging in strong exchange on social media. “Sanatan dharma and classical Hinduism known to sages and saints were being pushed aside by a robust version of Hindutva, by all standards a political version similar to the jihadist Islam of groups like ISIS and Boko Haram of recent years. Since the political content was clear, the term inevitably found a place in election campaigns.”, he writes. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and others had defended his statements while the BJP said the congress cultivates ‘pathological hatred’ against Hinduism. However, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad called his statements an ‘exaggeration’.
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