Tarun Vijay’s remarks on south Indians: Opposition says book him for sedition

Kharge mounted his attack: “I want to ask whether we are Indians or not, because he has himself said that we are living with blacks.”

Written by Pradeep Kaushal | Updated: April 11, 2017 8:03 am
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Charging the BJP leader Tarun Vijay with intending “to divide the country”, the Opposition in Lok Sabha demanded Monday that he be booked for sedition for his controversial remarks on south Indians. Vijay had told Al Jazeera last week that Indians cannot be called racist because they live with “black people” from the southern states. “An FIR should be registered for sedition,” Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge demanded during zero hour. “He wants to divide the country. Therefore, anti-national section should be applied.” Kharge said B R Ambedkar “had said in 1949 that if you continue such things, then one day we will lose our Independence and freedom and again we will become slaves”. “The government is moving towards that,” Kharge said. He threatened to agitate “not only inside the House, but also outside” unless the government disclosed what action it was going to take.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar sought to calm the Opposition. “India is a secular country,” Rajnath said, declaring there would be no discrimination based on caste, creed, colour and religion. Vijay has “already said that his remarks are indefensible”, Rajnath pointed out.

“The home minister’s reply was not satisfactory,” Trinamool Congress member Saugata Roy said, pointing out “he did not say whether an FIR would be lodged”. The Opposition forced three adjournments, their slogans including “Modi sarkar jawab do, jawab do” and “We want FIR”.

Earlier, Ananth Kumar said during question hour, “I would request my Congress friends not to interrupt a south Indian [MoS Nirmala Sitharaman] when she is answering”. Agitating Congress members, however, forced an adjournment.

Later, Mahajan promised to allow Kharge to speak during zero hour. Question hour resumed; meanwhile, Sonia Gandhi entered.

Kharge mounted his attack: “I want to ask whether we are Indians or not, because he has himself said that we are living with blacks.” He sought to know what action the government proposes against Vijay, who is “not an ordinary person”, being a former Rajya Sabha member, a former editor of Panchjanya, and author of many books propagating the BJP ideology.

Calling Vijay’s remarks “a threat” to national unity, Kharge told the government: “This shows how your ideology is working. Do you want to divide India? Do you want to separate us? Do you want that each state assert its independence?… This shows the government itself is backing such ideologies.”

Kharge compared Vijay to the likes of Adolf Hitler. About the apology, he said: “After abusing, after insulting, after humiliating you say ‘sorry’. What is ‘sorry’?”

Later, Ananth Kumar said the BJP was of the view that “we all are Indians… we are all one”. “Khargeji,” he said, “please don’t try to create differences… One India, great India.”

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    chakm
    Apr 12, 2017 at 6:27 am
    The religion is founded on the societal premise of 'Varna' which essentially is segregatory, devisive and racist, and meant to be so, and the 'caste' system is a clear extension of racism built into the society. Castes, subcastes including 'gothra', and arranged marriages purely based on caste are part and parcel of our racist leanings. Emanating from caste (race) is cl - or race- hatred which is supportive of the effete predilection with 'himsa'. The term 'mleccha' was categorically introduced to supplant hatred towards strangers, outsiders and untouchables. Indian society not being racist is an oxymoron. Until this system is revoked, we shall continue to remain a racist society.
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      Sundeep Miglani
      Apr 12, 2017 at 12:27 am
      Why BJP could not penetrate into Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra, Odhisha, Karnataka !!!!
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        Gurvinder
        Apr 11, 2017 at 10:39 pm
        Useless to former MP Vijay and equally pathetic opposition. Wasting time and resources of common man for issues better be settled outside parliament.
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          srikanth
          Apr 11, 2017 at 9:56 pm
          somebody shoot tarun vijay
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            Anil Kumar Tandale
            Apr 11, 2017 at 7:55 pm
            Opposition supports Bharat ki Barbadi as freedom of expression, but an off the cuff comment becomes sedition?
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              Pundit
              Apr 11, 2017 at 8:50 pm
              Nothing is wrong in a country where where any comment about cows, hindutva, and the fools like you who persue this pipe dream, is considered sedition.
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              k.madhukar
              Apr 11, 2017 at 7:28 pm
              Mr Khargeji, you say India is heading towards becoming a country of slaves. We will see about it later. You first liberate dynasty slaves in your own party including you.
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                Juju
                Apr 11, 2017 at 7:50 pm
                You appear to be a great expert in doggin the real issue.You deserve a seat in MODI SARKAR
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                Ashwani
                Apr 11, 2017 at 6:33 pm
                This is height of non-sense. First noble ex-MP drawing attention to South Indians' Color and secondly opposition creating so much of noise.
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                  Tejinder
                  Apr 11, 2017 at 6:18 pm
                  These are the ways to keep people distracted from agenda which allowed this gov't to capture power at New Delhi. Seems gov't & opposition are hand-in-glove. Only sufferer are people of the country.
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                    Pundit
                    Apr 11, 2017 at 6:43 pm
                    Actually they are following our highly valued old tradition of doing nothing while keeping the common s entertained. If you want to work and wish other people work too to make life little better, you better move to some western or north american country. Rss gang is taking india to abyss/ of Hindutva, at alarming speed.
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                      Ashwani
                      Apr 11, 2017 at 7:25 pm
                      Your own views seen to be radical.
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                        Pundit
                        Apr 11, 2017 at 8:38 pm
                        I only use language that radicals understand. I am equal oppotunity critic of both monkeys of hindutva and es of islam or charlatons of chistianity.
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                      Pundit
                      Apr 11, 2017 at 5:57 pm
                      Kill infidel hindus - Universal Brotherhòd of Islam Eliminate muslims- Hindus are mot tolerant people
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