Taking exception to Narendra Modis remarks that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had insulted ‘mother’ India by calling it a beehive at the CII meet last week,Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Sunday attacked the Gujarat Chief Minister saying that metaphors denoting cohesion and unity were beyond the comprehension of “self appointed jingoists.”
“Amusing metaphors denoting energy,diligence,cohesion and focus,unity of purpose completely go over the heads of some self-appointed jingoists,” Tewari said in a post on Twitter in an indirect reference to Modi. Tewari said one of the avatars of Devi Mother Goddess is Bhramari,the honey bee,according to the Puranas temple of goddess in Uttarakhand. He hoped his tweet “would enrich understanding of those who politicise religion but have not found time to study Indias spiritual traditions”.
Union Minister Rajiv Shukla said the Congress did not need lessons in patriotism from the BJP as none of its leader had fought for the freedom of the country.
“He (Modi) is talking about Bharat Mata. I mean not even a single BJP leader fought for the freedom movement for Bharat Mata,” Shukla said. Modi was giving lessons to someone whose father and grandmother had died for the country,he said. “What is he talking about? First he should learn how the sacrifices are made for Bharat Mata. There has been no sacrifice from any BJP leader so far for the country. Its clearly lip service that he is doing. And I dont think we should even respond,” Shukla said.