Shashi Tharoor stokes controversy again, says 'safer to be a cow than a Muslim'

Shashi Tharoor stokes controversy again, says 'safer to be a cow than a Muslim'

Courtesy : NJ02/10/2018 19:26

 Congress  Politician Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said it was safer "to be a cow than a Muslim" at many places in India, remarks that may trigger a controversy.

Tharoor's remarks come close on the heels of his "Hindu Pakistan" statement that invited criticism from his political opponents. "Why BJP Ministers' claims about reduction in communal violence don't stand up to the facts: It seems safer in many places to be a cow than a Muslim," Tharoor wrote on Twitter.

 He also posted the link of his article published on a news portal, which had the "cow-Muslim" remark. The remarks also came days after 28-year-old Akbar Khan was lynched by a mob in Rajasthan's Alwar district on suspicion of cow smuggling. Earlier on Sunday, Congress president Rahul gandhi  said that he will not hesitate to act against those giving the wrong statement.

The Congress leader made the comment while addressing party leaders art at a meeting of the newly-constituted Congress Working Committee (CWC).

The remark comes amid the ongoing row over Tharoor's Hindu-Pakistan and Hindu-Taliban remark. 

"I am fighting bigger fights. Everyone has the right to speak in party forum but if a party leader gives a wrong statement and weakens this fight. I will not hesitate to take an action," said Rahul Gandhi. Earlier, Tharoor said, "If they (BJP) win a repeat in the Lok Sabha our democratic constitution as we understand it will not survive as they will have all the elements they need to tear apart the constitution of India & write a new one. That new one (Constitution) will be the one which will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that'll 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."

However, after his office was vandalised by the BJP Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists in Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor said: "They are asking me to go to Pakistan. Who has given them the right to decide that I am not a Hindu like them and so I cannot live in India? The BJP's talk of 'Hindu Rashtra' is really dangerous and will destroy this nation. Has Talibanisation started in Hinduism?" 

 Meanwhile, Union Minister Ashwini Choubey lashed out at Tharoor, calling him 'schizophrenic'. The Minister also asked him to clarify 'whether he was an Indian or a Talibani'.

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