New Delhi:A criminal defamation complaint has been filed against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor before a court in New Delhi for his alleged “scorpion” remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In his complaint, Delhi BJP leader Rajeev Babbar alleged that Tharoor with “mala fide intention made the statement which is not only abuse of the Hindu deity but also defamatory”. He also said that being a vice president of the Delhi state BJP, he was “identified as a worker/ supporter of Narendra Modi and BJP” and that Tharoor’s statement hurt his religious sentiment.Shashi Tharoor Saturday alleged the trend of erecting statues and raising the issue of Ram temple at Ayodhya were attempts to distract the masses from “failures” of the BJP government at the Centre. He said the trend of erecting statues reminded him of the Roman empire when people where distracted from the oppression they faced through ‘bread and circuses’ (distribution of free food and staging of huge spectacles). “The issues of Statue of Unity, Ram temple, Ram statue at Ayodhya are distractions. I would urge the public of India to move away from these distractions and focus on the realities and lives of the Indians,” the Congress MP said.
The reality is the Indian Aam Aadmi (common man) has been suffering for the last four and half years… This suits the agenda of the government that has failed to perform,” he said. “In fact, if anything, there is a scripture that says build Ram in your heart. And if Ram is built in our heart it should little matter where else he is or he is not, because he is everywhere,” Tharoor said in an exclusive interview to PTI.The Congress MP was responding to a question about his recent remark that no good Hindu would want a temple at the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site.Tharoor reiterated his point asking if a good Hindu would want to build a Ram Temple at the expense of an act of violence.My only point is, would a Hindu have wanted to build such a precious place at the expense of conducting an act of violence. A good Hindu is a law-abiding Hindu. A good Hindu is someone who has ‘insaaniyat’,” the Congress leader asked.
He went on to argue that while a good Hindu was also obviously somebody who worshipped and believed in his worship, Hindu scriptures do not allow the use of violence to have one’s way.”A good Hindu is also obviously somebody who worships and believes in his worship. But where have we been told in our Hindu texts and our Hindu teachings which, in fact since the days of Adi Shankaracharya, have emphasized much more on ahimsa. Where have we been told that we should conduct violence against other people to have our way,” questioned Tharoor.The Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram also wondered what about his remarks had “shocked the BJP so much. He said, “Most good Hindus I know would want a Ram Temple at the place where they believe he was born. But most good Hindus would not have wanted it by demolishing other people’s place of worship. And this is more or less what Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani also said.The Congress leader quoted Advani as having called the day of demolition of Babri Masjid as the “saddest day of his life.