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Salman Khurshid takes dig at Modi over Hindu nationalist remark

Publish Date: 13 Jul 2013, 01:28 PM
Last Updated: 13 Jul 2013, 01:31 PM
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Hindu nationalist is an oxymoron: Khurshid
Hindu nationalist is an oxymoron: Khurshid

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday took a dig at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for describing himself as ‘Hindu nationalist.’ Khurshid tagged the description as oxymoron and said that the BJP strongman is gradually becoming his ‘own worst enemy.’

Reacting to Modi's controversial remarks during an interview, in which he said that had done ‘absolutely the right thing’ during the 2002 riots and described himself as a ‘Hindu nationalist,’ Khurshid said, "Religion can't have nation. Religion has no identity. Nation has an identity. Nationalism falls in a different category than religion."
    
On Modi's remarks on riots that even if a ‘puppy comes under the wheels’ of a car, one feels sad, Khurshid said, "What’s important is, what do you think of your driver and what action you have taken and whether you have taken the responsibility.”

(Agencies)

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  • Chandran14 Jul 2013, 00:00 AM

    "oxymoron"? Contradiction in terms? Dear Mr. Khurshid - you should please read the Constitution of India. We guarantee freedom of religion in this country. That means every individual has the right and is free to follow any religion . Also, every citizen has the right to be patriotic/nationalistic, and should be ideally. Now please read Modi's statements. What you have said is *actually* offensive, without even having to twist your words. Your words are tantamount to stripping someone of his fundamental constitutional rights. In case you are lazy, here are some relevant sections of the constitution that you will have to read: (I really thought you would have to read it at least to become a Minister. I thought wrong, evidently :( ) Articles 25, 26, 27 and 28 And dear media: How is this not offensive? Mr Khurshid is suggesting that anyone who is patriotic must forego his fundamental right. But of course he is not Modi and hence can get away with saying anything?!

  • Ananda Murti13 Jul 2013, 00:00 AM

    This is a classic example of how the evil forces that have been holding in their strangle hold can take even clean remarks made by their opponents and twist them to the advantage of their partisan attitudes. I read the transcript of the Reuters interview with Narendra Modi. I tried in vain to find any reference to alleged anti Muslim remarks. Their publicity that the puppy reference was meant to insult Muslims shows their mischevous attitude of turning Truth topsy- turvy. When he said that he feels hurt even if a puppy is run over by a car, there is not any reference to Muslims as the rogue commentators try to make out. It means that human beings are far superior to puppies and any human being feels sorry for a puppy feels the pain a lot more when human beings are killed. That is the force of the word EVEN. If they don't understand that much they have no right to criticize anyone with their maliciously twisted interpretations and pulling out non existent meanings to suit their political agenda. It is a pity that a person who calls himself an Oxford-don also fell into the trap of hate mongering. He may be trying to show of his knowledge of 'Figures of speech' by saying that the phrase "Hindu Nationalist" is an oxymoron, but by saying that, he has insulted tens of millions of Hindus. What he meant by calling the phrase "Hindu Nationalist" as an oxymoron, he is ridiculing every Hindu that he/she is not a Nationalist. By the same token, he prescribes that to be called a 'Nationalist' he/she must be a non-Hindu because in his view that the words 'Hindu' and 'Nationalist' are antithetical; a Hindu cannot be a Nationalist and a Nationalist by his definition must be a non-Hindu. The wretched communal politics of the Congress party have brought this country to this sorry state. Fellow Hindus in India wake up at least now and boldly proclaim "I am a Hindu, I am a patriot and I am a Nationalist. Nobody has a right to challenge you on that account.