Addressing a event in Thiruvananthapuram, Congress MP Sashi Tharoor said “If they (BJP) win a repeat in the Lok Sabha, our democratic constitution as we understand it, will not survive as they will have all the elements they need to tear apart the constitution of India and write a new one, That new one will be the one which will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that will remove equality for minorities, that’ll create a Hindu Pakistan and that isn’t what Mahatama Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for,”
Was Sashi Tharoor wrong with his statement?
There was absolutely nothing that was factually, logically or historically incorrect in Shashi Tharoor’s ‘Hindu Pakistan’ remark.
The Congress should have wholeheartedly supported it instead of dithering and myopically and opportunistically distancing itself from the statement.
The Hindutava ‘Idea of India’ aka Bharat is imbued with a begrudging admiration of a blatantly majoritarian Pakistan. It seeks inspiration from the project based on exclusion, discrimination, segregation, subjugation, supremacism and false glory that culminated into the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Contriving a mirror image of the ‘Land of the Pure’, reducing everything to pious believer-nationalist vs perfidious anti-national-heretics and, paradoxically, seeking validation for the founding principle of the ‘Two Nation Theory’ while yelling for ‘Akhand Bharat’ has always been a core Hindutava ambition and goal.
Tharoor couldn’t have been more apt and succinct in describing the Hindutava phenomenon and its objectives.