New Delhi: The wounds caused by the Gujarat riots of 2002 have not yet fully healed. Trivandrum Congress MP, Sasi Tharoor said that the secular forces may benefit a little by discussing this. Shashi Tharoor has responded to a user’s comment about him on Twitter.
BBC’s documentary on Bidharam Modi has become the talk of India in recent days. The central government has banned the documentary, saying it is a propaganda film and an anachronistic mentality. However, left-wing organizations and some student organizations are trying to screen the documentary.
One of the senior leaders of the Congress, Shashi Tharoor, has moved away from the party’s stand as the Congress criticized the ban on the BBC documentary. He has responded to a post posted on a social media site about his comments by changing the party’s stance.
Earlier, a Twitter user posted, “Sasi Tharoor demanded an apology from the British government for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919.
Now, he has said that Indians should get over the 2002 Gujarat riots. He should understand from his own experience that the country and the people have long memories.”
Sasi Tharoor tagged this post and replied. In it, he said, “I am not saying that. I have been saying for a long time that the wounds of the Gujarat riots are not yet fully healed. The Supreme Court has given its verdict on this divorce. We can only gain a little from discussing it amidst the contemporary issues that need to be resolved immediately.”
He further said, “I accept that many people disagree with my views. My record of 40 years against communal riots, 20 years of desecrating the stand on behalf of the victims of Gujarat riots is disgraceful. Secular groups benefit little by discussing this.”
Meanwhile, many anti-BJP student bodies are making a concerted effort to screen the BBC documentary on their university campuses. But it is noteworthy that the government has banned the screening of the film.
I did not do that. I’ve repeatedly made it clear that I believe the wounds of Gujarat have not fully healed, but given that the Supreme Court has issued a final ruling, we gain little from debating this issue when so many urgent contemporary matters need to be addressed. https://t.co/kvfcb6u27p
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) January 27, 2023