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Kolkata court summons Tharoor over his “Hindu-Pakistan” comment against BJP

Shashi Tharoor

New Delhi:  A Kolkata court summoned senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday over his “Hindu-Pakistan” comment.

This comes after Advocate Sumeet Chowdhary filed a case against him alleging Tharoor’s comments had hurt religious sentiments.

Two days back, criticizing the BJP, Tharoor had said that if BJP wins 2019 general elections, then the country would turn into “Hindu Pakistan”.

The lawyer also claimed that Tharoor had insulted the constitution via his comment.  The court has asked him to appear on August 14.

“I have said this before and I will say it again. Pakistan was created as a state with a dominant religion that discriminates against its minorities and denies them equal rights. India never accepted the logic that had partitioned the country. But the BJP/RSS idea of a Hindu Rashtra is the mirror image of Pakistan — a state with a dominant majority religion that seeks to put its minorities in a subordinate place. That would be a Hindu Pakistan, and it is not what our freedom movement fought for, nor the idea of India enshrined in our Constitution” he posted on Facebook  after drawing flak for the comment.

“Many proud Hindus like myself cherish the inclusive nature of our faith and have no desire to live, as our Pakistani neighbours are forced to, in an intolerant theocratic state. We want to preserve India and not turn our beloved country into a Hindu version of Pakistan” he added.

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