Senior Congress leader Sashi Tharoor on Monday issued clarification on his remark comparing the JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar with the famous freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.
He told media, “It (comparing Kanhaiya with Bhagat Singh) was said in response to question by someone in the audience. Bhagat Singh was a young man in his 20s with Marxist beliefs who had great passion for motherland. Kanhaiya has same qualities in common. Obviously,circumstances were different. He was fighting colonial rule, Kanhaiya is fighting for his beliefs in a different democracy.”
Tharoor, while visiting the JNU campus had addressed the students for over 40 minutes. In his speech, Tharoor said We want an India with both Krishna and Kanhaiya Kumar and had compared JNUSU chief Kanhaiya with Bhagat Singh.
His remark was widely criticised on Twitter with users mainly his ideological opponents began posting critical messages fervently.
Congress leader and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, too joined the debate and said that there could be only one Bhagat Singh and none of the boys from the present generation can replace the freedom fighter.
He said, “I don’t know what Shashi Tharoor has said but no one can replace Bhagat Singh, especially the boys of this generation. Only one Bhagat Singh can be born in this country and he is irreplaceable”.