Congress Cautions Shashi Tharoor Amid Row Over "hindu Pakistan" Comment India News
Shashi Tharoor was cautioned today by his party, the Congress, and urged to keep "restraint and caution" following a political row over his comment that the BJP would make India a "Hindu Pakistan" if it came to power in 2019. Speaking to NDTV, Mr Tharoor firmly defended his statement, saying: "Why should I apologise when they enshrine the ideals of a Hindu Rashtra?"
The ruling BJP has reacted with outrage and demanded Mr Tharoor's apology.
In his lecture on the "Threats faced by Indian Democracy and Secularism" on Wednesday, he had said that there was a "...great danger... that if they (BJP) are able to win a repeat of their current strength in the Lok Sabha, then frankly our democratic constitution as we understand will not survive because they will have all the three elements they need to tear up the Constitution of India and write a new one. That will be a new one which will enshrine the principle of Hindu Rashtra, will remove equality for minorities, that will create a Hindu Pakistan and that isn't what Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for."