Chidambaram counters Kejriwal over khap panchayat issue, says such bodies not part of Indian culture

While Kejriwal had said that khaps serve culture purpose, Chidambaram said that they are not part of culture

New Delhi | Published:February 5, 2014 1:32 pm
While Kejriwal had said that khaps serve culture purpose, Chidambaram said that they are not part of culture. While Kejriwal had said that khaps serve culture purpose, Chidambaram said that they are not part of culture.

Khap panchayats seem to be the new fodder for the political parties to counter each other. Days after Arvind Kejriwal spoke against any ban on khap panchayats, Union Finance P Chidambaram on Wednesday said that such bodies were not a part of Indian culture.

The statement of the Union Finance Minister is in sharp contrast with that of the Delhi Chief Minister, who in a recent interview had said that he did not see the need for banning khap panchayats or unelected all-male village councils that often endorse harsh treatment of women because they serve a “cultural purpose.”

Later, Kejriwal’s party had clarified that though it defended the existence of khap panchayats, they were opposed to any kind of decision given by them that violated the law of the land.

“All castes tend to have their social organisations, which do internal dispute resolution. We certainly acknowledge the right of all such organisations to exist. They have a right to exist and perform a legitimate role because we do not want every social dispute to go to the court of law,” senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav had said.

Slamming other political parties for succumbing to the khap panchayats, Yadav had said that AAP would not fall before the feet of these community organisations for the sake of votes.

“Other parties go and ask for vote, fall before their feet. They say even if there is a murder (order issued by the khap panchayat) we will keep quiet for a few days. AAP has not done this before or do not intend to do this in future,” he had said.

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    Ankit raj
    Feb 5, 2014 at 11:44 am
    PC Chidambaram has very little knowledge about Indian Culture or traditions..
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    Ankit raj
    Feb 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm
    Please don't call them that they are not part of our culture or tradition.Our nation belonged to village, & panchayats Is unique icon of disipline..
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    Arvind
    Feb 5, 2014 at 6:12 pm
    Reluctantly I will have to agree with Chidambaram on this. However we dont need and cannot have Kangaroo Courts meeting out punishment to the people. There can be only one law of the land
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    anoop
    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:42 am
    khap roots are very deep in Indian culture. Mr. P chidambaram should learn about Indian culture before making this kind of statement. i agree some khap punchayat have taken some wrong decision and have gone against law but you cant blame everyone for this.
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    anoop
    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:42 am
    khap roots are very deep in Indian culture. Mr. P chidambaram should learn about Indian culture before making this kind of statement. i agree some khap punchayat have taken some wrong decision and have gone against law but you cant blame everyone for this.
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    david
    Feb 5, 2014 at 11:47 am
    corrupt, looter, traitor chiddu to face the music after elections.
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    david
    Feb 5, 2014 at 11:47 am
    corrupt, looter, traitor chiddu to face the music after elections.
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    vipin gurjar
    Feb 5, 2014 at 1:23 pm
    Congress, for not making serious efforts earlier and Opposition, for its confrontational atude.
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