Top congressional leader Salman Khurshid compares Hindutva to jihadist philosophy in book on Ayodhya, sparks controversy

Top Congressman Salman Khurshid started a bushfire with his book on Ayodhya, in which he compared Hindutva to the radical philosophy adopted by jihadist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram.

In the chapter “The Saffron Sky”, writes Khurshid, “Sanatan Dharma and the classical Hinduism known to sages and saints were put aside by a robust version of the Hindutva, in all respects a political version similar to Islam jihadist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram in recent years. ”

Delhi-based lawyer Vineet Jindal took offense and filed a police complaint against the Congress leader on Thursday. In his complaint, the lawyer alleged that the instigating and provocative statement infuriated several followers of Hinduism. “Our constitution offers every citizen freedom of speech and expression, but the abuse of this right is inexplicable when it threatens the honor and harmony of the country and provokes its citizens … so it is a serious breach, “the petition reads.

Amit Malviya, the head of the BJP’s IT cell, clung to the statement and tweeted: “Congressional Salman Khurshid writes in his new book that Hindutva is similar to jihadist Islamist groups like ISIS and Biko Haram. we expect someone else whose party coined the term saffron terror just to establish an equivalence with Islamic jihad, to get Muslim votes? ”

BJP spokesman Gaurav Bhatia said the book hurt religious sentiment. “Hinduism has been compared to ISIS and Boko Haram. Why is the Congress Party doing this while staying in India? The Congress is weaving a web like a spider against the Hindus… All this is happening at the request of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Earlier, the term “Hindu terrorism” was coined in the office of Congress “.

Demanding that Khurshid be dismissed from Congress, he said: “If Sonia Gandhi respects Hindus, then she should come out and explain herself. If you remain silent then it will be clear that your ideology is also against the Hindus ”.

“Due to the hate politics of Congress, the public will teach a lesson in the legislative elections which will take place in 5 states next year,” he added.

Posted on: Thursday November 11, 2021 10:52 PM IST

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