The arrest warrant against Congress MP Sashi Tharoor for a remark made in Kerala last year regarding the formation of a “Hindu Pakistan” was stayed by the Calcutta High Court. The Additional Calcutta Metropolitan Magistrate issued the stay on the warrant on August 13 after he failed to appear despite summons. It will be in effect till September.
Advocate Sumeet Chowdhury accused Sashi Tharoor of insulting national honor and promoting disharmony between different religious groups. Following that the summons was issued in July last year.
Last year in July, the parliamentarian said if the BJP were to return to power after 2019 elections, the rights of minorities would be trampled and the party would write a new Constitution, making India less tolerant and inclusive, and more like a “Hindu Pakistan”.
“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,” Mr. Tharoor said.
“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,” he went on saying.
His controversial comments inflamed the situation in the BJP members who demanded an apology from then Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Laster Mr. Tharoor gives clarification on the Facebook page by writing, “The BJP and the RSS’s idea of a Hindu Rashtra is a mirror image of Pakistan – a state with a dominant majority religion that seeks to put its minorities in a subordinate place. Many proud Hindus like myself cherish the inclusive nature of our faith and have no desire to live, as our Pakistani neighbors are forced to, in an intolerant theocratic state.”