NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday disagreed with a passage in Salman Khurshid‘s book ‘Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times’ where he seemingly draws a parallel between Hindutva ideology and Jihadist Islam.
“We may not agree with Hindutva as a political ideology but comparing it with ISIS and Jihadist Islam is factually wrong and an exaggeration,” said Azad.
A passage in Khurshid’s book, reads: “Sanatan Dharma and classical Hinduism known to sages and saints were being pushed aside by a robust version of Hindutva, by all standards a political version similar to the jihadist Islam of groups like ISIS and Boko Haram of recent years”. The comment was made in a chapter titled: The Saffron Sky.
The BJP has also launched a scathing attack against Khurshid over the comment and has demanded that the Congress sack him from the party.
During a press conference, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said the remarks not only “hurt the sentiments of Hindus but also deeply hurt the soul of India”.




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