"And that will enshrine the principle of Hindu Rashtra, that will remove equality for the minorities and that will create a Hindu Pakistan...and that is not what Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for," Tharoor had said at an event in Thiruvananthapuram the other day.
His comment had invited mixed response. The BJP had come out came out strongly against Tharoor over his comments, with party spokesman Sambit Patra calling it "extraordinary" as it was an "attack on the Indian democracy and Hindus".
BJP had demanded an apology from Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
A defiant and combative Tharoor took to Facebook to defend his comments, insisting that the BJP and RSS' idea of a Hindu Rashtra was the "mirror image" of Pakistan.
"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. India never accepted the logic that had partitioned the country.
"But the BJP/RSS idea of a Hindu Rashtra is the mirror image of Pakistan a state 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."
Tharoor said many proud Hindus like him cherished the inclusive nature of the faith and had no desire to live, as their Pakistani neighbours were forced to, in an intolerant theocratic state. "We want to preserve India and not turn our beloved country into a Hindu version of Pakistan," he wrote.
Vice President Hamid Ansari, KPCC president MM Hassan, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and some Congress leaders had come out in support of Tharoor and defended his comments.

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Case booked against Tharoor over ‘Hindu Pak’ remark
Case booked against Tharoor over ‘Hindu Pak’ remark

Case booked against Tharoor over ‘Hindu Pak’ remark


New Delhi: The Kolkata High Court on Saturday has booked a case against Shashi Tharoor MP over his ‘Hindu Pakistan’ remark. The action comes on a petition filed by Adv Sumeet Chowdhury stating that Tharoor's comment had hurt the religious sentiments and insulted the constitution.
Kolkata HC has asked him to appear before the court on August 14.
"If they have been able to win a repeat of their current strength in the Lok Sabha, then frankly, our own democratic Constitution, as we understand, will not survive...because then they will have all the three elements they need to tear up the Constitution of India and write a new one.
"And that will enshrine the principle of Hindu Rashtra, that will remove equality for the minorities and that will create a Hindu Pakistan...and that is not what Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for," Tharoor had said at an event in Thiruvananthapuram the other day.
His comment had invited mixed response. The BJP had come out came out strongly against Tharoor over his comments, with party spokesman Sambit Patra calling it "extraordinary" as it was an "attack on the Indian democracy and Hindus".
BJP had demanded an apology from Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
A defiant and combative Tharoor took to Facebook to defend his comments, insisting that the BJP and RSS' idea of a Hindu Rashtra was the "mirror image" of Pakistan.
"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. India never accepted the logic that had partitioned the country.
"But the BJP/RSS idea of a Hindu Rashtra is the mirror image of Pakistan a state 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."
Tharoor said many proud Hindus like him cherished the inclusive nature of the faith and had no desire to live, as their Pakistani neighbours were forced to, in an intolerant theocratic state. "We want to preserve India and not turn our beloved country into a Hindu version of Pakistan," he wrote.
Vice President Hamid Ansari, KPCC president MM Hassan, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and some Congress leaders had come out in support of Tharoor and defended his comments.



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