Shashi Tharoor Should Study History, Says Jyotiraditya Scindia on ‘Maharaja’ Remark

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Shashi Tharoor Should Study History, Says Jyotiraditya Scindia on ‘Maharaja’ Remark

"I think he should study history, I am Jyotiraditya Scindia and I am proud of my past," the Congress MP said.

New Delhi, Nov 17: Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia hit back at his colleague Shashi Tharoor and said he should study history, a day after Tharoor censured those protesting against release of the film ‘Padmavati’ and said some Rajput ‘Maharaja’ accommodated themselves with British. Retorting back to the remark, Scindia added he is proud of his past and in the present he has dedicated himself to public service.

Shashi Tharoor on Thursday condemned the protesters who had also threatened the film makers and the actors, and said, “Every single one of these so called valorous maharajas, who today are after a Mumbai filmmaker because their honour is at stake, they were less concerned about their honour when the British were trampling all over it. They scurried to accommodate themselves.” He was addressing a literary event when he made this remark.

Union Minister Smriti Irani was the first to point out what the Congress members, belonging to the Rajput community, thinks about Tharoor’s comments. She asked if all maharaja surrendered before the British and questioned what  Jyotiraditya Scindia, Digvijay Singh and Amarinder Singh would have to say about the remark.

On Friday, Tharoor tweeted defending his comment and said he did not wish to offend the Rajput community and added that people’s sentiments must be respected in the interests of India’s diversity and harmony. He said his remark did not question the valour of Rajputs and the BJP must take these points into consideration.

Later on Friday, Scindia finally replied to a query and said he thinks Tharoor should study history. “I think he should study history, I am Jyotiraditya Scindia and I am proud of my past,” he added.

On the other hand, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) sent back ‘Padmavati’ to the filmmakers on Friday due to technical reasons. The film’s release is likely to be delayed by after the censor board said that the film will be reviewed as per set norms.