As a controversy erupted over former Union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor‘s tweet on the alleged ‘Malayali link to Taliban’, BJP president J P Nadda alleged that the Congress leader’s remarks associating Kerala with terrorism was shameful.
“It is shameful that Kerala has been equated with a terrorist module,” Nadda said, while inaugurating the party office in Kozhikode, Kerala and added that the state had already become hub of ISIS activities and even smuggling of gold, which had links even with the office of the state chief minister.
At a press conference, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said Tharoor is a repeat offender as he had earlier used phrases like “Hindu Taliban” and “Hindu Pakistan.” “Tharoor has used these phrases, which demeans India, therefore, anything better would be like expecting too much from Tharoor and Congress,” Patra said.
Writing on Twitter, Tharoor commented on a tweet by a user named Ramiz, who had posted a video of Taliban fighters who had just reached Kabul.
“#Taliban fighter weeping in joy as they reached outside #Kabul knowing there victory is eminent (sic),” Ramiz wrote on Twitter along with the video.
To this, Tharoor wrote that two Malayali Taliban fighters appear to be in the video. “It sounds as if there are at least two Malayali Taliban here — one who says “samsarikkette” around the 8-second mark & another who understands him! (sic)” Tharoor tweeted.
Ramiz, who mentions in his bio that he is interested in conflict journalism, later clarified that the Taliban do not have any Kerala-origin fighters.
“There are no #Kerala origin fighters in rank and file of #taliban they are #baloch from #zabul province who speak brahvi and bravhi language is widely spoken among them, its a dravidian language very similar to telugu tamil malyalam etc (sic),” Ramiz tweeted.
Tharoor responded by stating that the possibility of Malayalis being part of the Taliban cannot be ruled out.
“Interesting explanation. Will leave it to the linguists to figure this one out. But there have indeed been misguided Malayalis who joined the Taliban, so that possibility cannot be ruled out entirely (sic),” he wrote.