Twitter is abuzz with reactions, some even from top politicians, after Congress MP Shashi Tharoor commented on Prime Minister Narendra Modi wearing “all sorts of outlandish headgear” and being seen in “hilarious Naga head-dress with feathers”. The former Union minister was speaking at a seminar in Kerala on Monday.
“Why does our PM, who wears all sorts of outlandish headgear whenever he goes around country, around the world... why does he always refuse to wear a Muslim skullcap? You see him in hilarious Naga head-dress with feathers, various kinds of extraordinary outfits, which is right thing for PM to do... Indira Gandhi has also been photographed wearing various kinds of costumes,” Tharoor said, while speaking on the theme ,“Standing up to hatred; Violence and intolerance”, at the seminar.
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Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma called it an “abhorring act”...
Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio was quite vocal about his criticism of the comment and urged people to apologise for such statements.
In his tweet, Ram Madhav, one of the most well-known faces of the BJP in the Northeast, said Tharoor doesn’t mind insulting the custom of the Nagas.
Several Twitter users lashed out at Tharoor reminding him of similar headgear worn by Congress leaders in the past.
“Educational” tweets were rampant too... One such tweet came from Nongthombam Biren, the first ever BJP CM in Manipur. Interestingly, Biren had resigned from the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) after a revolt against Okram Ibobi Singh, the then Chief Minister of Manipur, in October 2016.