Should Shashi Tharoor apologise for warning that the Bharatiya Janata Party will turn India into a "Hindu Pakistan" if it wins next year's general election?
Well, the Congress MP refuses to he says, he's only repeating what's on record from the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Yesterday, he told a gathering in Kerala that if the BJP wins in 2019, India's Constitution won't survive. Victory will give the saffron party "all the elements they need to tear apart the Constitution of India and write a new one," he said. "That will remove equality for minorities; that will create a Hindu Pakistan."
As expected angry Sambit Patra, a BJP spokesperson, said Congress president Rahul Gandhi should apologise.
But Tharoor says he doesn't see why he needs to apologise for the "BJP's point of view".
If the BJP and the RSS are no longer interested in the idea of a Hindu Rashtra, he says, they must admit it. "Until they do so, how can one apologise for reflecting their point accurately?", Tharoor said, in comments published by the news agency ANI.
A former Union minister and UN diplomat, Tharoor is the author of several books including "Why I Am A Hindu". In it, he writes that he's "ashamed" of what "Hindutvavadis" are "doing while claiming to be acting in the name of my faith".
This morning, he briefly explained his "Hindu Pakistan" remark in a Facebook post that read : "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."
His jargon again created furore , debates in social media and tv shows