The former Union minister also said that the enemies of Hinduism were those who tried to defame the religion.
The senior leader of Congress, Salman Khurshid, has said that he never called Hindutva and ISIS in the same way in his new book, but in a similar way, as he continued a great controversy on the subject.
Speaking at an event at Kalki Dham in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, the former Union minister said that the enemies of Hinduism were those who tried to smear the religion.
“I am visiting Kalki Dham. I would not be here if I had a problem with any religion. I believe that Hinduism spreads peace in the world,” he said according to the news agency. AND ME.
“It seems that some people are trying to smear Hinduism. They are enemies of Hinduism and fear that its truth will come out. They will ban any book that reveals its truth,” he said.
“ISIS and Boko Haram defame Islam, but no Islamic supporter objected. I had not said ISIS and Hindutva the same, I said they are similar,” he added.
Meanwhile, a lawsuit has been filed in a Delhi court seeking a ban on the publication, circulation and sale of the book, titled ‘Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times’, for allegedly hurting the feelings of a large part of the society. The lawsuit was filed by the chairman of the right-wing Hindu Sena group, Vishnu Gupta.
Khurshid’s book was published last week, after which he obtained embroiled in controversy for supposedly comparing a “robust version” of Hindutva to the jihadist Islam of terrorist groups such as ISIS and Boko Haram.
While the saffron field has reacted strongly to the problem and the BJP claimed that the leadership of Congress “pathological hatred” for HinduismKhurshid stood his ground and was supported by party leader Rahul Gandhi, who called Hinduism and Hindutva “different things” while criticizing Sangh’s ideology “of spreading hatred in India.”
Some of Khurshid’s party colleagues such as Ghulam Nabi Azad and Harish Rawat have also criticized the content of the book.
(With contributions from the agency)