Shashi Tharoor mocks Naga headgear; CM, others condemn

Shashi Tharoor mocks Naga  headgear; CM, others condemn
(L-R) Shashi Tharoor mocks Narendra Modi for donning ‘outlandish’ Naga headgear.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 6 (NPN): | Publish Date: 8/7/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

 Senior Congress Lok Sabha MP, Shashi Tharoor’s remark that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wears all sorts of “outlandish headgear” has been slammed by Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, and others.

On Sunday, Tharoor while addressing a seminar in Thiruvananthapuram, said: “Why does our Prime Minister, who wears all sorts of outlandish headgear wherever he goes around the country, refuse to wear a Muslim skullcap? You’ve seen him in hilarious Naga headdress, feathers, and various kinds of extraordinary outfits.  Why does he refuse to wear the green?”

Reacting to Tharoor remark that referred to Naga headgear, chief minister Rio, in a tweet, said Nagas have rich heritage and vibrant culture and they were proud of their history and traditions. “The Naga headgear is renowned & gifted with honour, definitely not outlandish,” Rio tweeted, adding that mutual respect makes India a great nation. 

The chief minister also maintained that Tharoor must apologise and withdraw statements that hurt others sentiments.

In response to Rio’s tweet, Tharoor said: “No disrespect was intended, dear CM. The point was simply that when headgear is offered with honour to the PM everywhere, why reject only one type of headgear? What signal does it send?”

State, Central BJP demands apology: Also, reacting to the Congress leader, Minister for PHE, Jacob Zhimomi tweeted “We condemn such statements made by Mr. Shashi resulting in mockery of our culture ignoring our sentiments ...He is unfit to be even passing a remark on our PM. What has he done when they were at the helm of affairs.?” Minister for Higher and Technical Temjen Imna Along, who is also the president of BJP Nagaland state unit, in a series of tweet, demanded apology from the Congress Party “for insulting the people of India’s North East & Tribals.” Along said Tharoor’s “poor knowledge of Nagas and terming it outlandish and hilarious is not amusing for we the Naga people.” he also said that Naga headgear is our pride 

and Honour worn by and offered to Honourable ones only not to Anyone...(who finds it outlandish). “How is it that a Naga headgear is outlandish for Shashi Tharoorji. Nagas condemn this insult of his very thoughts of our traditions,” Along tweeted.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday demanded an apology from Congress MP Shashi Tharoor over his outlandish gear comment.

“I demand apology from the Congress Party for insulting the people of India’s North East & Tribals. Shashi Tharoor described North East people & Naga Tribal headgears as funny looking outlandish & hilarious,” Rijiju posted on Twitter.

“Congress Party & Shashi Tharoor ji please explain what’s the English meaning of outlandish & hilarious headgear? You can’t get away after insulting the Tribal & North East people,” Rijiju said in another tweet.

Tharoor’s comment also led to a sharp rebuke from BJP general secretary Ram Madhav who condemned the Congress leader’s remark.

“Shocking & condemnable he’s making such irresponsible statements on Indian cultures & traditions. He should learn to respect all customs,” Madhav was quoted as saying to news agency ANI.


NH demands apology: Naga Hoho has asked Congress MP Shashi Tharoor to tender an unconditional apology to the Naga people for mocking their traditional attire immediately.

In a statement, Naga Hoho president P Chuba Ozukum and vice-president Samson Remei also condemned the Congress leader for abusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for wearing Naga headgear as “outlandish and hilarious”, which they termed as “inexcusable” from a person of such a stature. They said his statement, though meant to be humorous, showed the “contemptuous mentality of some of mainstream Indians towards the Northeast and in particular the Nagas”.

NH pointed out that even in the past, Congress leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi had worn Naga headgears and traditional dresses, keeping in mind that India was a democratic secular country, but no political party or individual showed such “disregard and impudence” as that of Tharoor.

NH also appealed to Congress leaders from Nagaland to find out the details and contact the persons and authority concerned towards resolving the controversial statement amicably on this pertinent issue.



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