The remarks from Prasad had come after Tharoor quoted an unnamed RSS source as saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was like a “scorpion sitting on a Shivling who cannot be removed by hand or hit with a chappal.”
Tharoor argued that while a good Hindu was also obviously somebody who worshipped and believed in his worship, Hindu scriptures do not allow the use of violence to have one’s way.
On Sunday, Tharoor had courted a controversy while speaking at Bangalore Literature Festival as he claimed that an unnamed RSS leader had compared Modi to “a scorpion sitting on a Shivling”.
The court had directed Delhi Police to hand over various documents filed along with the charge sheet, including statements of witnesses, to Tharoor on a plea moved by him.
The reason is that they do not believe in Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of non-violence, Shashi Tharoor alleged.
“There used to be gramophone records earlier. At times, it would get stuck and play same words again and again,” said Modi.
Shashi Tharoor asked Ravi Shankar Prasad to tender an unconditional and written apology within 48 hours of the receipt of the notice.
Shashi Tharoor speaks about his new book on Narendra Modi – The Paradoxical Prime Minister – the meaning of Moditva, and why the Congress is not projecting Rahul Gandhi as its Prime Minister candidate in next year’s General Election.
It is time for Modi to go, he said, highlighting a range of contradictions in the prime minister’s style of working over the last four and a half years.
Tharoor said, “There is an extraordinarily striking metaphor expressed by an unnamed RSS source to a journalist, that, ‘Modi is like a scorpion sitting on a Shivling, you can’t remove him with your hand & you cannot hit it with a chappal either’.”
Ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released Shashi Tharoor’s book on Modi and said that Modi has remained silent in the face of widespread communal violence, mob lynching and cow vigilantism despite promising to be Prime Miinister for all in India.
Further terming the NDA government’s Rafale fighter jet deal as “one of the worst scams in independent India”, Tharoor said, “Therefore, an independent inquiry is necessary.”
The Economist India Summit 2018 Highlights: Later during the day, Union Minister for Railway and Coal, Piyush Goyal addressed the event at 4 pm and spoke about different projects undertaken by the Indian Railways.
Shashi Tharoor insisted that it was his “personal opinion” and that he was not speaking on behalf of his party.
At an event in Chennai on Sunday, Tharoor had said while a vast majority of Hindus believe that Ayodhya was the birthplace of Lord Ram, no good Hindu would want to see a Ram temple built “by demolishing somebody else’s place of worship”.