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Updated: February 21, 2013 00:44 IST

Shinde apologises for ‘Hindu terror’ remark ahead of budget session

Sandeep Joshi
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Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde after attending an all-party meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday.
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Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde after attending an all-party meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Wednesday expressed “regret” over his controversial “Hindu terror” remark made in the Congress’ Jaipur conclave last month, a step aimed at pacifying a combative Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the crucial Budget session.

In a statement, Mr. Shinde said his comments had created a misunderstanding. “It has been understood to mean that I was linking terrorism to a particular religion and was accusing certain political organisations of being involved in organising terror camps,” he said.

Mr. Shinde, who is also Leader of the Lok Sabha, further said: “I had no intention to link terror to any religion. There is no basis for suggesting that terror can be linked to organisations mentioned in my brief speech in Jaipur.”

“Since controversy has been created on account of my statement, I am issuing this clarification and expressing regret to those who felt hurt by my statement. I will continue to perform my duties to the best of my ability to ensure harmony is maintained in social fabric of India,” he added.

The Home Minister has been at the BJP’s receiving end since he made the controversial comment accusing the party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh of promoting “Hindu terrorism” through training camps. Though Mr. Shinde had later toed his party’s line that “terrorism has no colour,” the BJP has been seeking an apology from him and threatening to boycott him in Parliament.

It could have come earlier, says BJP

Meanwhile, the BJP has welcomed Mr. Shinde’s statement and said it could have come earlier. Hoping that it would now pave way for doing some constructive business in the Budget session, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitaraman said Mr. Shinde’s retracting his statement was a lesson for people who level baseless allegations against the BJP and the RSS. “Terror cannot be liked to any religion…any such attempts will threaten national security and social harmony,” she added.

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Let us hope, the apology to RSS doesnot mean stopping or slowing the ongoing enquiries into the Mecca Masjid Bombing, Ajmeer durga Blast, Melagaon Masjid Bombing etc in which lots of innocent men are killed and many innocent muslims are falsely put behind bars...let the truth come out..Satyameva Jayate..Truth cannot and should not be burried under political pressure and tactics of the BJP..Let us hope the government, police and judicary will stand for the truth and punish the perpetrators irrespective of the political or religious affiliation of the perpetrators.

from:  Niyas
Posted on: Feb 21, 2013 at 09:06 IST

The Home Minister deserves to be complimented for his straightforward
and unquibbling apology for a hasty remark. The capacity for honest
admissions of error, and their gracious acceptance, help productive
public discourse, rather more than stubborn and inflexible adherence to
indefensible positions by either side.

from:  M. H. Rao
Posted on: Feb 21, 2013 at 08:27 IST

That in itself shows he had been terrorized.

from:  Yesudas
Posted on: Feb 21, 2013 at 06:20 IST

Better late than never.
Now,the no.2 person of Congress Party Rahul Gandhi should come clean about his remarks to US Ambassador.
Jai Hind.

from:  goutam
Posted on: Feb 21, 2013 at 05:47 IST

It should never have happened in the first place. A very senior minister holding a highly responsible person should not make such reckless charges to appeal to some political constituency.

Mr. Shinde is not known for loose talk of the kind one more often associates with the like of Mani Shankar Aiyer. Someone must have instigated him to it and he obviously underestimated the public outrage his remark would provoke.

Anyway he has tried to undo the damage and one hopes the Parliament can function without such distractions. It was a totally unnecessary diversion.

from:  N.S. Rajaram
Posted on: Feb 21, 2013 at 04:57 IST

Good strategy Shinde. Incite the anger in the people and organisations you want cornered and use the 'apology' to pacify when you want the going a bit easy.
As a home minster you failed the nation and as Hindu you failed the Hindus.

from:  mani sandilya
Posted on: Feb 21, 2013 at 03:27 IST
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