Shashi Tharoor criticises PM Modi for 'silence' on cow vigilantism, 'rising intolerance'

NEW DELHI: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday took on Prime Minister Narednra Modi over his "silence" on cow vigilantism and "rising intolerance" in the country and said the "Hindu rashtra project" being promoted in the identify of nationalism could be a basic betrayal of India's past and its constitutional values.

People, he alleged, are being made to head through an "acid test", and those who don't comply with utter "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" on the insistence of the government are being victimised.

"They (the ruling dispensation) are betraying the central Hindu price of tolerance which has given us six and half decades of communal harmony in the country and they have carried out so in the identify of nationalism which is in itself unpatriotic.

"This Hindu rashtra venture will probably be a basic betrayal of the past of India, it's going to be a basic betrayal of the constitutional values of our country," he said.

Tharoor, who was once handing over the Shihab Thangal memorial lecture, spoke at duration interspersed with tales which described the secular values which Thangal uphold. He was once a rallying drive in the back of the Hindu and Muslim harmony in Kerala, Tharoor said.

"I've great hope that Thangal's concepts is not going to succumb to the narrow-minded means of those that aren't simply betraying the nation however the very religion they declare have the proper to talk," he said, targetting the BJP and its ideology.

He drew parallel between the writings of English novelist George Orwell on nationalism and the guidelines being propagated lately in the country -- that of "obsession, instability and indifference to reality".

Talking of instability in the country, he cited the new home ministry statistics offered in Parliament, in line with which "there were 70 instances of cow vigilantism in the country, most of which have been recorded right through the closing four years. Besides, there were a report number of communal incidents".


"But have we had a word from the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister should be the moral moral sense of the nation. He should speak to the nation. He should reassure, however the prime minister prefers silence.


"He used to criticise the previous Prime Minister for his silence ... It is time we asked the Prime Minister to break his silence on issues which we want to hear about, issues which have caused so much pain," he said.


Invoking the lessons of Swami Vevekananda, who's frequently cited through the Prime Minister, Tharoor said that in Hinduism, Vivekananda has taught us a faith of acceptance and tolerance.


He additionally recalled Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, B R Ambedkar, pronouncing they sought after freedom for India which would be inclusive freedom.
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