HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The book by Khurshid which was inaugurated on Wednesday has compared robust Hindutva to ISIS and Boko Haram
  • Legal charges were brought against Khurshid by two lawyers, for defaming the religion
  • Khurshid however denied the charges claiming that he praised the Sanatan Dharma in his book

On Thursday, charges were placed against veteran Congress leader Salman Khurshid for defaming Hindutva. In his new book on Ayodhya, Khurshid has equated radical Hindutva to terrorist organizations like ISIS and Boko Haram. This has instigated two lawyers named Vivek Garg and Vineet Jindal to file a complaint against Salman with the Delhi Police for giving a bad name to the religion.

The book named ‘Sunrise Over Ayodha’ was based on the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi broil. Its inauguration event on Wednesday was attended by Congress leaders such as P Chidambaram and Digvijaya Singh. Taking a jab on the robust version of Hindutva, Khurshid in his book wrote, “Sanatan Dharma and classical Hinduism known to sages and saints were being pushed aside by a robust version of Hindutva, by all standards a political version similar to the jihadist Islam of groups like ISIS and Boko Haram of recent years.”

Vivek Garg in his complaint has stated, “This reflects the true mindset of congress as they try to legitimize the radical elements of ISIS by creating an artificial equivalence with Hindus. His statement printed in the book is itself self-explanatory and clearly discloses his commission of the cognizable offence. The language, intention of the said book authored by the alleged accused, is an open case of sedition, conspiracy to wage the war against India, promoting enmity between Hindus-Muslims, etc.”

Jindal has accused the book of making a “defamatory statement for the whole Hindu community,” as it “questions their values and virtues about society.” During the book launch event, Digvijaya Singh said that it was extremely unfortunate for Hindutva to come in a line with Hinduism. Citing Savarkar he has stated, “He brought ‘Hindutva’ word to establish Hindu identity which caused confusion in people.” Khurshid has denied the charges of defaming Hindutva against him and said that in his book he has vowed the Sanatan Dharma.

According to Madhya Pradesh Minister Narottam Mishra, the book was published by Khurshid as he along with others supported the “politics of appeasement.” Mishra also said, “Congress leaders and the Gandhi family are supporters of ‘Tukde-Tukde- gang. They want the country to be divided on the basis of castes.”

The book was accused of providing “half-baked information” by Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi. Earlier in 2014, Tamil writer Perumal Murugan’s book ‘One Part Woman’ instigated great turmoil within protestors from the Hindu outfits as well. There were calls for banning his book, after which Murugan stated that he was taking an exile from literature.

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