Congress on Thursday reprimanded party MP Shashi Tharoor for his 'Hindu-Pakistan' remark and said all party leaders should remember that India's values always do 'set us apart from the divisive idea of Pakistan'.But the former minister maintained that he has said it in the past and 'will say it again'.
'India’s values & fundamentals are an unequivocal guarantee of our civilisational role & set us apart from the divisive idea of Pakistan. All Congress leaders must realise this historic responsibility bestowed upon us while choosing words & phraseology to reject BJP’s hatred,' Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a series of tweets.
He said unlike BJP that thrives on 'bigotry and hatred', the Congress represents 'India’s civilisational values of pluralism, diversity, compassion & harmony between faiths & ethnicities.'
However, in a Facebook post during the day, Tharoor wrote, '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.'
He said while India never accepted the logic that had partitioned the country 'but the BJP and RSS idea of a Hindu Rashtra is the mirror image of Pakistan.' The former UN diplomat who also authored a book titled 'Why I am a Hindu', said he has never approved the idea of the country '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,' he added. In his tweets, Surjewala flayed the Modi Government that it 'thrives upon an unprecedented atmosphere of division, bigotry, hatred, intolerance & polarisation for last four years' but the Congress leaders should respect India’s civilisational values of pluralism, diversity and maintain 'compassion & harmony between faiths & ethnicities'.
Tharoor visited the Poonthura ShivaKshetram, just before being accused of being 'anti-Hindu' and performed pushparchana on the 93rd birth anniversary of the legendary Poonthura Swami, one of Thiruvananthapuram's most devout Shiv Bhakts. UNI