Hitting out at the ruling BJP over its stand on the JNU row, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on March 20 showered praise on the student movement that began at the University on February 9.
He congratulated the student body for initiating a dialogue on the “meaning of nationalism”. He was speaking on ‘JNU and Nationalism’ outside the administrative hall of the varsity which has been the centre of protests ever since sedition charges.
He said the recent events in JNU have given the whole nation an education in the vital issues of dissent and democracy, sedition and of course of ‘azaadi’ (freedom),” he said.
Tharoor said today, nationalism is decided by whether or not one can say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
He said today’s India is not just ‘Hindi, Hindu and Hindustan’ and called for an India ‘more accepting of diversity.’
“Our Constitution gives people the right not to say it just as it gives people the right to say it as well. I will choose when to say it and that’s democracy,” he said.
He asserted: “We want an India with both Krishna and Kanhaiya Kumar. We want in India people from every corner of this vast land an equal stake in our future.”
In his 40-minute long speech, he compared JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar to revolutionary Bhagat Singh. And this was not well received on social media.
Here are some responses:
What is happening to the intellectuals of India. Award returnees n Shashi tharoor like people have lost their mental balance. Shocking!!!!
— MAHESH PATEL (@333_mahesh) March 21, 2016
Shashi Tharoor this is ur real face & for vote bank u & Congress are doing same.
Congress for 6. pic.twitter.com/cgOfJnzDYZ
— Pradeep Kumar (@pradeepkm2272) March 21, 2016
For Shashi Tharoor Kanhaiya is Bhagat Singh, Next he will say #Pappu is Chandrashekhar Azad and he himself is Nehru.
— Aakash Gauttam (@AakashGauttam) March 21, 2016
For Shashi Tharoor Kanhaiya resembles Bhagat singh.
Umar khalid is Ashfaq Ullakhan.
he himself is Gandhi
And The whole public is Bewkoof.
— सोन चिरैया (@itsmepanna) March 21, 2016
See, thats the problem with congressis like Shashi Tharoor & others.. They think Sonia Gandhi is Bharat Mata & Kanhaiya is Bhagat Singh..
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@SanatanBharat) March 21, 2016
One Bharat Mata Temple inaugurated by Indira too, Shashi Tharoor must note of this.. https://t.co/rONvDkFakw
— Anjali Roy (@iAnjaliRoy) March 21, 2016
Shashi Tharoor shows his support to the Commies of JNU while back home his party his fighting tooth and nail with the Commies in Kerala
— Anoop Chathoth (@anoopc) March 21, 2016
By comparing Kanhaiya to Bhagat Singh, Shashi Tharoor trying to say that Bhagat Singh is a traitor, Will @HMOIndia look or just chaos ?
— Pari Chawla (@MumbaiDiKudi) March 21, 2016
— G.D.Goel (@ghanshiam) March 21, 2016
Sometimes intelligent makes a fool out of himself and this is what Shashi Tharoor did in JNU by comparing Kanhaiya with Shaheed Bhagat Singh
— SHISHIR (@KAPOORSHISHIR) March 21, 2016
Bhagat Singh in JNU so Shashi Tharoor sitting with Sukhdev & Rajguru. Disrespecting Freedom Fighters Congress hobby pic.twitter.com/8muWS5KOLY
— Sundeep.V.PauL❎ (@PAULsBuZZARD) March 21, 2016