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Hindutva is like British football team hooligan: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor Hindutva
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Hindutva is like British football team hooligan: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 18 Nov 2021, 04:58 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday compared Hindutva with the British football team, which indulged in vandalism after the Euro Cup 2020 final, days after a similar parallel was drawn by his top leader Rahul Gandhi.

Tharoor said Hindutva is like "the British football-team hooligan who says this is my team and if you support another team, I will hit you."

He made the comment while launching his own book 'Pride, Prejudice and Punditry: The Essential Shashi Tharoor (Aleph Book Company)' here.

Gandhi had said 'Hindutva', the political ideology of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and 'Hindu religion' are two different things.

"BJP talks about Hindutva, we say there is a difference between Hindu religion and Hindutva. If there was no difference, the name would have been the same. Either Hindu or Hindutva would not be needed (as a term)," the former Congress president had said.

"It is a simple logic, if you are a Hindu, what is the need for a new name 'Hindutva'. Our ideology is an old one, I believe in the power we call Shiva, he was a symbol. Kabir, Guru Nanak, Mahatma Gandhi, many people adapted and spread that ideology," he added.