New Delhi: Congress leader Salman Khurshid’s Nainital home was vandalised and set on fire on Monday, barely a few days after his new book on Ayodhya ignited a controversy. The book drew a parallel between “Hindutva” and radical Islamist groups.
Khurshid shared visuals on Facebook show tall flames, charred doors and broken window panes at his Nainital home. Two people are seen trying to douse the fire by throwing water, reported NDTV.
“I hoped to open these doors to my friends who have left this calling card. Am I still wrong to say this cannot be Hinduism?” the leader wrote in his post.
The former minister has been in the eye of the storm ever since his book Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times was launched.
A passage that reads, “Sanatan Dharma and classical Hinduism known to sages and saints were being pushed aside by a robust version of Hindutva, by all standards a political version similar to the jihadist Islam of groups like ISIS and Boko Haram of recent years,” is at the centre of controversy.
— Salman Khurshid (@salman7khurshid) November 15, 2021