Congressional Salman Khurshid Rephrases ‘ISIS-Hindutva’ Comparison In Middle Of Line.
After a dispute broke out over the comparison between Hindutva and the ISIS terror group in his new book, Congressional Leader Salman Khurshid clarified on Saturday that he has said they are similar, not the same.
The former union minister said that the enemies of Hinduism are those who try to defame 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 a problem with any religion. I believe that Hinduism spreads peace in the world.”
“It seems that some people are trying to smear Hinduism. They are enemies of Hinduism and fear that its truth will come out. They will ban any book that reveals its truth,” he said.
“ISIS and Boko Haram defame Islam, but no Islamic supporter objected. I had not said ISIS and Hindutva the same, I said they are similar,” he added.
On Wednesday, former union minister Salman Khurshid was embroiled in controversy over comments made in his recent book “Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times.”
Salman Khurshid’s book on the Ayodhya verdict was published last week.
He explored the landmark Supreme Court ruling on the Ayodhya dispute. Congress leader Khurshid has compared Hindutva to radical terror groups like “ISIS and Boko Haram” in the book.
Reacting sharply to the book’s exceptions, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Sambit Patra said on Friday that the Congress Party’s attack on Hinduism “is not a coincidence but an experiment.” He argued that the nature of Congress is to attack Hinduism whenever it gets the chance.
Meanwhile, two Delhi lawyers have filed complaints with Delhi police on Thursday against Khurshid, for allegedly defaming and comparing Hinduism to 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 scheduled for assembly elections in 2022.