Why “Sunrise over Ayodhya” creates such a storm
Critics allege Congress leader’s latest post compares Hindutva to Islamist groups such as ISIS and Boko Haram
A Delhi court on Wednesday refused to stop the publication, sale or broadcast of former Union Minister Salman Khurshid’s new book, “Sunrise over Ayodhya – Nationhood in our Times”.
Before the court, Additional Civil Judge Preeti Parewa said: “In the opinion of this court, neither a prima facie case nor any exceptional circumstance for the granting of an ex parte ad-interim injunction in favor of the plaintiff is is established in the present case. “
The court said the author and publisher had the right to write and publish the book.
The court ruling on Khurshid’s book comes two days after his home in Nainital was vandalized.
We take a look at what it is.
Salman Khurshid’s new book
Former Union Minister and top Congressman Salman Khurshid recently launched his new book “Sunrise over Ayodhya – Nationhood in our Times”.
The book deals with the 2019 Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya judgment. In a Indian express editorial, Khurshid writes: “The aim of the book is to promote religious harmony between Hindus and Muslims and to highlight Ayodhya’s judgment as an opportunity to end an unpleasant past and envision a common future.
However, for those wondering why this is a problem, it is not.
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In fact, what sparked such strong emotions against the book was a line from Chapter VI that differentiates Hinduism from Hindutva. The paragraph of the book reads: “Sanatan Dharma and classical Hinduism known to sages and saints were cast aside by a robust version of Hindutva, in all respects a political version similar to jihadist Islam from groups like ISIS and Boko Haram in recent years. . “
Asked to respond to the hatred he received for his statement in the book, Khurshid, according to the news agency PTI, said: “I didn’t call these guys terrorists, I just said they are similar in warping religion. What Hindutva did, he put Sanatan Dharma and Hinduism aside and took a tough and aggressive stance similar to Boko Haram and these other guys. “
Outrage against the book
The book, published by Penguin, sparked an uproar across the country, with political leaders and parts of the public in arms against him.
Several of Khurshid’s congressional colleagues disagreed with his views expressed in the book. Ghulam Nabi Azad had called the controversial part of the book “factually false” and “exaggerated”.
“We may not agree with Hindutva as a political ideology, but comparing it with Daesh and jihadist Islam is actually false and exaggerated,” Azad said, quoted by NDTV.
The BJP accused him of hurting religious feelings and demanded that he be sacked from Congress.
BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said: “If Sonia Gandhi respects Hindus, then she should come out and explain it. If you stay silent then it will be clear that your ideology is also against Hindus.
Amit Malviya, the head of the BJP’s IT cell, pointed to the alleged comparison between Hindutva and “jihadist Islamist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram” and said in a tweet: “What else can we expect from someone? one whose party coined the term saffron terror just for equivalence with Islamic jihad, to get Muslim votes? “
In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP government has considered banning the book.
Home Secretary Narottam Mishra criticized the book and accused Khurshid of targeting Hindutva and attempting to divide the majority community.
According to a PTI In a press article, Mishra said last Friday, “These people are leaving no opportunity to target the Hindutva and divide the Hindus into caste. After ‘Bharat Tere Tukde Honge Inshallah Inshallah’, Rahul Gandhi was the first to go there (on this path). Salman Khurshid is now putting forward the same idea. “
Khurshid’s house vandalized
On November 15, the residence of Salman Khurshid in Nainital in Uttarakhand was vandalized by some people.
Sharing photos and videos on Facebook, Khurshid wrote, “I was hoping to open these doors to my friends who left this business card. Am I still wrong to say that it cannot be Hinduism?
“So that is the debate now. Shame is too ineffective a word. Besides, I still hope that we can reason together one day and agree to disagree if not more,” he wrote in another. post.
In addition to the violence at his home, two lawyers also filed a complaint against the top Congressman for allegedly defaming Hinduism. In his complaint, lawyer Vineet Jindal said the statement published in the said book was not only inciting and provocative, but also aroused emotions among followers of the Hindu religion.
A Delhi court on Wednesday refused to grant an ex parte injunction in a lawsuit seeking to stop the publication, circulation and sale of Khurshid’s book.
Additional Civil Judge Preeti Parewa also said the plaintiff was unable to establish that he would be inconvenienced in avoiding the book or allegedly “offensive” excerpts from the book. On the other hand, the injunction would cause difficulties for publishers and would also limit the author’s right to speak and express himself.
With contributions from agencies