Two years after the Supreme Court’s historic verdict on Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi in Ayodhya, Congress leader Salman Khurshid wrote a book covering all the aspects of the verdict, but only after its publication, a controversy arose over this book. In English language from Penguin Publications In the published ‘Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times’, Salman Khurshid has upheld the Supreme Court’s decision in the Ayodhya dispute and wrote that the Hindu side presented much stronger evidence. But in the sixth chapter of this book, on page number 113, Salman Khurshid has written something on which not only the Hindu organization and the Bharatiya Janata Party have become aggressive, but many leaders of the Congress party are also taking a dig at Salman Khurshid in this matter. Huh. In the sixth chapter of the book ‘The Saffron Sky’, Salman Khurshid writes, “The Sanatan Dharma and fundamental Hindutva which the sages of India have been talking about for centuries, because of fundamentalist Hindutva, that original form of Hindutva is being reversed. Today a political version of Hindutva is being created which is similar to Islamic Jihadi organizations like Boko Haram and ISIS.” Controversy over comparison with Jihadi organizations The whole controversy is about these two sentences and Salman Khurshid is being accused of being a Hindu. Comparing religion with terrorist organizations. Although Salman Khurshid himself clarified, saying, “I have compared Hindutva of the present times with terrorist organizations, not Hinduism. A lot of good has been written about Hinduism. People should read the entire book.” Due to this point of Salman Khurshid’s book, many Hindu organizations have come out on the streets against Salman Khurshid. His effigies are being burnt in many places, so along with him, the Congress party and its President Sonia Gandhi are also being put in the dock. Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra says that he is considering banning the book after taking the opinion of legal experts.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has also become an attacker over the things written in the book. On Thursday, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia targeted Salman Khurshid by holding a press conference. He said, “This is a big conspiracy of Congress against Hindutva and their ideology is against Hindus. This is not only about the sentiments of Hindus but it also deeply hurts the soul of India. The Congress party is of hatred against Hindus. The web is weaving. Congress President Sonia Gandhi should take action against Salman Khurshid.” Even within the Congress, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has also criticized these things of Salman Khurshid. Ghulam Nabi Azad says that “we may not agree with Hindutva as a political ideology, but comparing it with ISIS and Jihadi Islam is factually incorrect and an exaggeration” Salman Khurshid, the country’s Law Minister and Foreign Affairs Apart from the minister, he has also been the president of UP Congress and he is considered very close to the Gandhi family. Ghulam Nabi Azad was also among the senior Congress leaders known as G23 last year when they wrote to Sonia Gandhi demanding comprehensive organizational changes in the party. At that time, Salman Khurshid had criticized these senior leaders who expressed their displeasure on the public platform.
After Ghulam Nabi Azad’s remark, Salman Khurshid said, “I do not want to get involved in any debate with him.” In Uttar Pradesh elections, discussions are also being held in the political world regarding the timing of Salman Khurshid’s book. A senior Congress leader, on the condition of anonymity, says, “The party has given Salman Khurshid such an important responsibility in UP, yet what was the need for him to talk like this at the time of the elections. The Ayodhya dispute was decided. It has come two years ago. They are feeling today that the verdict is right. Had the book not been released till now, they would have been postponed for two-four months. At a time when the Congress party itself is following the path of soft Hindutva Yes, some people like Salman Khurshid spoil all the work done.” Assembly elections are to be held in five states, including Uttar Pradesh, early next year. Salman Khurshid hails from Farrukhabad district of Uttar Pradesh and has also been the President of the State Congress. In the assembly elections, the party has given him many responsibilities. Many Congress party leaders feel that the comparison of Hindutva with Islamic terrorist organizations in the book will have an adverse effect.
On the occasion of the book’s release, senior party leader Pramod Krishnan directly disagreed with many things written in the book. Controversial comments in the past Political analysts say that these words of Salman Khurshid written in the book are definitely going to harm the party. Even before this, the statements of some leaders of the party caused a lot of political damage to the party. In the year 2007, during the assembly elections in Gujarat, party president Sonia Gandhi’s remarks like ‘Maut ka Saudagar’ to the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi not only led to the defeat of the Congress party in the assembly but also Narendra Modi’s image as a Hindu leader. It also became helpful in improving it more. Before the Lok Sabha elections in the year 2014, Mani Shankar Aiyar’s remarks made for Narendra Modi in a very mild manner were also exploited by the BJP and took political advantage of it. Just before the 2017 UP assembly elections, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also used slogans like ‘Khoon ki Dalali’ in relation to the surgical strike on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ during the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. According to political experts, the way BJP and especially Narendra Modi used these slogans and adjectives in their favor, Congress suffered a lot due to it. Senior journalist Yogesh Mishra says, “BJP wants that the opposition parties, especially the Congress party, should do something so that they can prove it as anti-Hindu. In such a situation, when some leaders of the party start making such statements, then definitely The party itself will have to bear the loss.” It is also sometimes seen as a strategy to gain publicity for controversial passages in books and films, but Yogesh Mishra says that “Salman Khurshid as a politician and lawyer is the same. He has gained so much fame that he does not need to deliberately write controversial things to sell his book”.