Shashi Tharoor’s reference to the attire and dresses of the North-East as ‘hilarious’ and ‘outlandish’ has triggered an uproar now.
BJP has demanded an apology from the Congress party after its Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor made fun of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for wearing ”all sorts of outlandish headgear” but refusing to wear a skull-cap.
Mr Tharoor questioned, “Why does he refuse to wear green?”
“Why does our PM, who wears all sorts of outlandish headgear whenever he goes around country, around the world… why does he always refuse to wear a Muslim skullcap? You see him in hilarious Naga head-dress with feathers, various kinds of extraordinary outfits, which is right thing for PM to do…Indira Gandhi has also been photographed wearing various kinds of costumes,”Mr Tharoor said, speaking on the theme “Standing up to hatred; Violence and intolerance”.
As expected, the reference has not gone down well with BJP and the Northeast leaders. A number of prominent North-East leaders, including Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio has called for Tharoor and the Congress to apologise.
Check out Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio’s tweet on the controversy.
Nagas have rich heritage&vibrant culture.We are proud of our history&traditions. The Naga headgear is renowned&gifted with honour,definitely not outlandish. Mutual respect makes India a great nation. One must apologise & withdraw statements that hurt others sentiments.
— Neiphiu Rio (@Neiphiu_Rio) August 6, 2018
Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home, demanded an apology from the Congress and said:-
“He has used the words ‘hilarious’ and ‘outlandish’ for the headgear. Is this is the way to describe someone’s culture and tradition and making fun of it?”
Congress Party & Shashi Tharoor ji please explain what’s the English meaning of outlandish & hilarious headgear?
You can’t get away after insulting the Tribal & North East people. https://t.co/8nQ22AyNHA
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 6, 2018
Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore tweeted that arrogance towards people had become a Congress hallmark.
Shashi Tharoor insults the proud cultural heritage of the people of North-East.
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 6, 2018
Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Ram Madhav also took to the microblogging website to criticise the Congress MP
“For Shashi Tharoor, Naga headgear is outlandish and hilarious. In his over zealous love for skull cap, Tharoor doesnt mind insulting d customs of d Nagas n other NE people,” he said.
Tharoor, who had recently kicked up a controversy with remarks that the BJP, if voted to power again, will rewrite the Constitution and pave the way for the creation of a “Hindu Pakistan”, said Modi shunned the green colour as he felt it was associated with Muslim appeasement.
Do you agree with the fact that “Shashi Tharoor has insulted the proud cultural heritage of the people of North-East”?
Should Congress Apologize For Tharoor’s Statement? Tell us in the comments section & stay connected with Awaaznation for all updates!