Bangalore 14 July 2018: Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has taken strong exception to Congress disowning its own Shashi Tharoor’s statement that if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is voted to power again, it will rewrite the Constitution that will eventually create a “Hindu Pakistan.” SDPI national president M. K. Faizy in a statement said that by not supporting Tharoor, the Congress leadership has shown itself to be bereft of any conviction in taking a principled stand when needed.
Faizy said the Congress party is trying to please everyone and has lost its ideology in the process. Situation in India calls for a party that keeps the interests of a secular community in heart and upholds cultural freedom at any cost. He wondered as to why Congress is so weak in supporting their own leaders like Iyer and Tharoor for highlighting issues which needed to be discussed.
He said, Taroor is right on his stand that India has turned into a mini "hijacked Hinduism" version of "Pakistan" or even worse. Just see the never ending lynchings in the name of beef and belief, social media hoaxes of child snatching and brutal rapes of minors and women. Caste discrimination and ruthless attack on Dalits and Adivasis are on its peak.
He stated that Tharoor just used the word ‘Pakistan’ as synonym of failed state. He is just right in pointing out danger of nationalism and statehood based on religion, countless examples are there, and Pakistan is one among them. In great extent, the reason for India is better off compared to our neighbours is due to values and ideals upheld by our freedom fighters were secular and modern. It is our choices, whether to uphold values and ideals of freedom struggle to grow further, or to descend into endless pain and chaos of religious conflict.
Faizy stated that what Tharoor has reportedly said is not against Indian democracy, but against the actions of the Modi government in undermining the Indian democracy, which is based on pluralism, tolerance and unity in diversity. Those in the Congress who disagree with his remarks have failed to grasp what he articulated.