Parties slam Tharoor’s remark on Naga head dress

DIMAPUR, AUG 7 (NPN): | Publish Date: 8/8/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

 Nagaland BJP led the wave of protests by political parties in the state against the recent controversial remark made by Congress Lok Sabha MP Shahshi Tharoor over the “hilarious” Naga head gear while trying to train his guns at prime minister Modi.

Grabbing the opportunity to slam Tharoor, the state BJP organised a protest rally at Super Market where the Thiruvananthapuram MP’s effigy was set on fire. 

 State BJP said at Tuesday’s rally, various party members including the BJYM burned the effigy of Tharoor as a symbolic protest. The state BJP in a press statement, slammed Tharror’s “disdain and insolence” shown on the attire of the Nagas which it said, had also crossed all limits and so demanded an outright apology. 

“In his overzealous hate for the prime minister and BJP, Tharoor doesn’t mind insulting the rich heritage and culture of the Nagas,” party media cell said.

BJP state unit said that by commenting on Modi’s refusal to wear certain type of caps Tharoor displayed his own double-standards as he chose not to comment on an event when Congress president Rahul Gandhi refused to wear traditional headgear of one of the south Indian states.

The party described as “really shameful” for someone who represented the country at the UN and an elected representative, to mock traditional customs of native tribal people.

BJP said that Tharoor insulted and undermined the North East Tribals in general and the Nagas in particular and wondered whether the Congress party president would offer apology for such “detesting statement” made by a fellow senior party member.

 Dy. CM: Nagaland deputy chief minister and BJP legislature party Nagaland, Y Patton, has demanded apology from Shashi Tharoor “for insulting the people of Northeast particularly the Nagas.”

 Patton said it was quite unbecoming of a person of Tharoor’s stature to make such irresponsible remark that “irrevocably hurt the sentiments of the Nagas and the Northeast in general.

Patton said Tharoor ought to have known that Naga traditional headgear depicts the patriotic valour and the rich cultural heritage of the Nagas forefathers. “No one has the right to ridicule or make fun of any traditional and cultural heritage of the country,” Patton said.

Patton demanded that Shashi Tharoor clarify whether the remark was in his own personal capacity or was the opinion of the Congress party as a whole and also demanded an unconditional apology from Tharoor to the people of the region in the public domain.

NPF: Naga People’s Front (NPF) said Tharoor’s remark has deeply hurt the sentiments of the Nagas and demanded that he retract his comment as traditional Naga headgear has certain values and honour attached to it.  NPF press bureau said the “ridiculous remarks” of Shashi Tharoor tantamount to discrediting the traditional values and practices of the Nagas.

NPF said it objected to Tharoor dragging the ‘Naga Headgear ‘ into the crossfire between BJP and the Congress party and described it as an act “very unbecoming” of a leader. NPF said it respected the views of Tharoor on his stand about the prime minister’s reluctance to accept or wear the ‘Muslim Skullcap’ which had serious ramifications on the religious sentiments of the Muslims. 

However, NPF said unlike the ‘Skullcap’ of the Muslim religion, or the ‘Cow’ for the Hindu religious beliefs, the ‘Naga Headgear’ does not represent any religion for the Nagas. 

NPF said the head dress was a symbol of respect and status accorded to an honoured guest or revered persons of a certain community. 

To refer the Naga Headgear as ‘Outlandish’ and ‘Hilarious’ was very unfortunate and uncalled for on the part of a learned man such as Tharoor, NPF said.

NPF has demanded that Congress leader Shashi Tharoor to tender apology to his comments immediately. 

It may be mentioned that chief minister Neiphiu Rio issued strong objections and condemnations against Tharoor’s remarks and also demanded apology on behalf of Nagas.



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