‘This cannot be Hinduism’: Salman Khurshid on vandalisation of his Nainital home amid book row

By: |
Updated: November 16, 2021 8:01 AM

The attack came days after Khurshid launched his new book, "Sunrise over Ayodhya: Nationalism in Our Times", drawing much criticism from the BJP and right-wing organisations.

The attack came days after Khurshid launched his new book, "Sunrise over Ayodhya: Nationalism in Our Times", drawing much criticism from the BJP and right-wing organisations.

Congress leader Salman Khurshid’s house in Uttarakhand’s Nainital was vandalised on Monday amid the row over his recent book in which he draws a comparison between Hindutva and terror outfits like the ISIS.

Referring to a photograph of people who targeted his house, the former Union minister told PTI that they were carrying the BJP flag and the party should issue a “denial”.

According to initial reports, some people damaged windowpanes and set fire to a door at the house in Bowali police station area, Nainital (City) Superintendent of Police Jagdish Chandra said. Nobody was hurt at the house where only the caretakers were staying. The SP said a case, mentioning 15-20 unidentified people, is being registered.

In a Facebook post, Khurshid posted several video clips in which some people appear to be burning his effigy and shouting derogatory slogans against him and the Muslim community.

“I hoped to open these doors to my friends who have left this calling card. Am I still wrong to say this cannot be Hinduism?” the Congress leader wrote in his post.

“So such is debate now. Shame is too ineffective a word. Besides I still hope that we can reason together one day and agree to disagree if not more,” he said in another post.

The attack came days after Khurshid launched his new book, “Sunrise over Ayodhya: Nationalism in Our Times”, drawing much criticism from the BJP and right-wing organisations.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor called the attack “disgraceful”. “Salman Khurshid is a statesman who has done India proud in international forums and always articulated a moderate, centrist, inclusive vision of the country domestically. The mounting levels of intolerance in our politics should be denounced by those in power,” he tweeted.

Apart from the BJP, Khurshid faced criticism from his own party leader and former Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad for comparing Hindutva with terror groups. “The comparison is factually incorrect and an exaggeration,” Azad had said.

But, addressing a party workers’ training programme in Wardha on November 12, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi argued that Hinduism and Hindutva are different.

“Can these be the same thing? Why do you use the word Hinduism, why not just use Hindutva if they are the same thing? They are obviously different things,” Gandhi said, without mentioning the book. “Is Hinduism about beating a Sikh or a Muslim?” he said, suggesting that Hindutva may advocate violence but Hinduism doesn’t.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, Check out latest IPO News, Best Performing IPOs, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1Consistent efforts by UP govt to empower specially-abled people: CM Yogi Adityanath
2MSP to continue, committee formed to make it more effective and transparent: Narendra Singh Tomar
3Kejriwal is a power greedy outsider: Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi