NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid’s Nainital home was allegedly vandalised and set on fire on Monday, days after it became known that his book on Ayodhya drew parallels between Hindutva groups and terrorist organisations, such as Boko Haram and ISIS, drawing the ire of the BJP and Hindu fundamentalist groups.
According to eyewitnesses, the miscreants had a BJP flag in their hands and were raising communal slogans. They also pelted stones before setting the house on fire.
Salman Khurshid is a lawyer, writer and former Foreign Affairs Minister of India. His father too was a minister in Union Cabinet, and his maternal grandfather, Dr Zakir Hussain, was the third President of India.
Salman Khurshid has been the target of some Hindu organisations after he compared Hindutva with radical Islamist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram in his book, “Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times”.
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi has also drawn a difference between Hinduism and Hindutva.