ISIS, Hindutva similar, not equal: Salman Khurshid on his new book


After a discussion broke out about the confrontation between Hindutva and ISIS in his new book, senior boss Saturday made it clear that he said they are similar, not the same.

The former trade union minister said the enemies of Hinduism are those who try to slander the religion.

Speaking to the media during his visit to Kalki Dham, he said: “I am visiting Kalki Dham. I would not be here if I had problems with any religion. I believe that Hinduism has spread world peace.”

“It appears that some people are trying to slander Hinduism. They are enemies of Hinduism and fear their truth will come out. They will ban any book that reveals their truth,” he said.

“ISIS and Boko Haram defame Islam, but no Islamic followers opposed it. I didn’t say ISIS and Hindutva the same, I said they are similar,” he added.

Wednesday the former trade union minister he was embroiled in controversy over alleged “defamation and confrontation between Hinduism and terrorism” in his recent book “Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times”.

Khurshid’s book on Ayodhya’s verdict was published last week. He explored the historic Apex Court ruling on the Ayodhya dispute. Elderly Leader Khurshid compared Hindutva to radical terrorist groups such as “ISIS and Boko Haram”.

Reacting sharply to the book’s exceptions, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Sambit Patra on Friday said the the party’s attack on Hinduism is not a coincidence but an experiment. He said the nature of Congress is to attack Hinduism whenever it gets the chance.

Meanwhile, two Delhi lawyers filed complaints Thursday with Delhi police against Khurshid, for alleged defamation and confrontation between Hinduism and terrorism in his book.

The development comes at a time when seven states in the country, namely Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, are expected to participate in assembly elections in the year 2022.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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