Tribune press service
New Delhi, November 15
Former cabinet minister and Congress leader Salman Khurshid posted pictures of an arson attack on his home in Nainital on his Facebook page on Monday, asking if he was still wrong to say Hinduism was not an issue of violence.
The arson came days after Khurshid sparked controversy by drawing similarities between Hindutva and the ideologies of radical jihadist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram.
Khurshid was attacked by the ruling BJP for making the comparisons. His own party colleague, Ghulam Nabi Azad, disagreed, saying, “The comparison is factually incorrect and exaggerated.”
Posting the austere footage, including that of a fire at the entrance to his home, Khurshid said on Facebook on Monday: “That is the debate now. Shame is too ineffective a word. Besides, I still hope that we can reason together one day and agree to disagree if not more.
I was hoping to open these doors to my friends who left this business card. Am I still wrong to say that it can’t be Hinduism?
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also later said that Hinduism and Hindutva were distinct.
Addressing a party worker training program in Wardha on November 12, Gandhi said: “Can it be the same thing? Why do you use the word Hinduism, why not just use Hindutva, if it’s the same thing? »
“These are obviously different things and so those are the kinds of things that we need to start exploring and understanding and developing a group of people, one hundred, five hundred, thousands of people, who deeply understand those differences, who can apply these differences to problems, behavior, action. Is Hinduism about beating a Sikh or a Muslim? Hindutva, of course. But, is Hinduism about killing Akhlaq? What book is it written in? I haven’t seen it,” Gandhi said.
He said he had read the Upanishad but had not seen any references to violence or the victimization of others.
“I am unable to find in any Hindu scripture or even Islamic scripture or Sikh scripture that anyone can kill an innocent man. I can see it in Hindutva,” Gandhi said urging workers to understand and spread difference.
Just last week, Khurshid’s new book “Sunrise over Ayodhya” was launched in Delhi.