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Khap panchayats are retrograde: P Chidambaram

'Khap is not part of India’s culture and I am appalled to see somebody say it’s part of India’s culture'.

New Delhi | Updated: February 6, 2014 8:59 am

 

Attacking AAP for defending khap, Congress leader P Chidambaram said they are simply self serving individuals who propagate poisonous culture. (Photo: PTI) Attacking AAP for defending khap, Congress leader P Chidambaram said they are simply self serving individuals who propagate poisonous culture. (Photo: PTI)

In a veiled attack on Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for defending khap panchayats, Finance Minister P Chidam-baram described them as  retrograde organisations that cannot be part of India’s culture.

“What is a khap panchayat? A khap panchayat is a retrograde organisation. It is not part of India’s culture and I am appalled to see somebody say it’s part of India’s culture. How can it be part of India’s culture?,” he said addressing students of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) here on Wednesday.

Kejriwal had in a recent interview said he does not see the need for banning khap panchayats or unelected all-male village councils because they serve a “cultural purpose.”

Attacking Kejriwal’s Aam Admi Party (AAP) for defending khap, Chidambaram said, “(it’s) rubbish. Must have the courage to stand up and say these retrograde practices are not part of India’s culture… These are simply (organisations of) self serving individuals who propagate this poisonous culture”.

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    Guest
    Feb 6, 2014 at 1:59 am
    What about bribery corruption and embezzlement? Aren't they too rubbish. AAP has the courage to stand up and say these retrograde practices are not part of India's culture...Cong/BJP These are simply self serving parties who propagate this poisonous culture.
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      Bahu
      Feb 6, 2014 at 4:11 am
      Yes and so is Chidambaram and the dynastic fascist party the Congress. These two are also retrograde and deserve to be banned.
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        Bahu
        Feb 6, 2014 at 4:11 am
        Yes and so is Chidambaram and the dynastic fascist party the Congress. These two are also retrograde and deserve to be banned.
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        1. Kesava Chandran
          Feb 6, 2014 at 3:27 am
          After AAP came to power in Delhi on Congress crutches there have been ample signs of khap the cruelest was that of the boy from the NE Nido Taniam for whom AK shed crocodile tears
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          1. Kesava Chandran
            Feb 6, 2014 at 3:27 am
            After AAP came to power in Delhi on Congress crutches there have been ample signs of khap the cruelest was that of the boy from the NE Nido Taniam for whom AK shed crocodile tears
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