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Khurshid's remarks on Hindutva: BJP urges Sonia Gandhi to testify if she respects Hindus

Khurshids remarks on Hindutva: BJP urges Sonia Gandhi to testify if she respects Hindus

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid is facing the rage of members of hardcore right-wing parties for identifying the Hindutva ideology to the jihadist Islam version of ISIS and Boko Haram in his new book on Ayodhya.

A Delhi based advocate filed a complaint against Khurshid for hurting the sentiments of members of the Hindu community by comparing Hinduism to Jihadist versions. The BJP is also playing their part in targeting the upcoming assembly elections in five states where it accused Congress of playing communal politics to get Muslim votes.

It is a passage from Khurshid's new book, ''Sunrise over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times'' that enraged the members of right-wing groups and gave an opportunity to BJP to politicise the matter.

The passage read "Sanatan Dharma and classical Hinduism known to sages and saints were being pushed aside by a robust version of Hindutva, by all standards a political version similar to the jihadist Islam of groups like ISIS and Boko Haram of recent years".

Not only did BJP urge the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to sack Khurshid from the party, but it also demanded an explanation from her on whether she respects Hindus while living in India.

Responding to the statement in the book, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said it is hurting the sentiments of Hindus and questioned the Congress why the party is doing this while staying in India?

"Congress is weaving a web-like a spider against Hindus… All this happens at the behest of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Earlier, the term 'Hindu terrorism' was invented in the Congress office', his statement read.

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

Advocate Vineet Jindal called the statement a misuse of the constitutional right to free speech. The contents of the statement made by the accused, claim Hinduism to be equivalent to ISIS and Boko haram, which are terrorist groups. It is a quite aggravating and defamatory statement for the whole Hindu community and also questions their values and virtues about a society. The equivalence of Hinduism to ISIS and Boko haram is perceived as a negative ideology Hindus have been following and Hinduism is violent, inhuman and oppressive".

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