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Shashi Tharoor Defends “Malayali Taliban” Tweet Amid Backlash


’s tweet drew an immediate backlash.

New Delhi:

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s feedback on “Malayali ” in a put up sharing a video of the group’s celebrations in after the takeover of grew to become controversial on Tuesday as many slammed the tweet. 

“Apparently there are a minimum of two Malayali Taliban right here – one who says “samsarikkette” across the 8-second mark & one other who understands him!”, Shashi Tharoor, the MP from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, wrote in his tweet, sharing the video posted on August 15 by a person, Ramiz.

The video confirmed a Taliban member weeping in pleasure because the group neared Kabul, hours earlier than the autumn of the Afghan capital.

Mr Tharoor’s remark drew an immediate backlash.

“That is extremely problematic. Making statements like this particularly when the Proper Wing eco system is occurring a hate marketing campaign towards Kerala concerning folks becoming a member of jihadist teams. And also you being an MP from Kerala’s capital needs to be understanding higher,” wrote Korah Abraham, a journalist.

To which, the Congress chief replied: “I’ve been approached by Kerala moms whose daughters are caught in Afghanistan after having been taken there by their misguided husbands. I organized a gathering with EAM SushmaSwaraj ji for a constituent to plead her case. Clearly it is as an MP that I am conscious of the scenario.”

Malayali author NS Madhavan stated: “Listened to this video repeatedly. The person did not say samsarikkatte. He may’ve stated zamzam – holy water in Arabic, or samsaram in Tamil, that means spouse. Or he was saying some factor in his dialect. If the phrase spouse triggers the MP, why drag Malayalis into that?”

The BJP’s Vinit Goenka tweeted: “This isn’t a comedy present Shashi Tharoor. It appears to be simply tip of an iceberg. Congress and Left are ruining Kerala beneath pseudo- secularism. In my e book #EnemiesWithin I’ve highlighted the very fact about how Kerala is changing into a scorching spot for recruitment of Islamic terrorist.”

The Twitter person whose put up was shared by Mr Tharoor additionally pushed again. “There aren’t any Kerala origin fighters in rank and file of Taliban they’re Baloch from #zabul province who converse Brahvi and Bravhi language is broadly spoken amongst them, Its a Dravidian language similar to Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and so on,” wrote Ramiz.

Mr Tharoor doubled down on his views in response to the person:

Later, Mr Tharoor shared an article that quoted intelligence stories as revealing that “eight Keralites, who had left for Afghanistan to hitch IS” had been amongst prisoners freed by the Taliban.

“I’m certain all those that decried my tweet about the potential for Malayalis within the Taliban will now discover those who had been launched from the federal government’s prisons right now,” the Congress MP posted.



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