UNION MINISTER SMRITI Irani took a jibe at Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for his reported ‘maharaja’ comments amidst a row over period drama Padmavati.
Tharoor reportedly said on Thursday the "so called valorous maharajas” had scurried to accommodate themselves when the British "trampled” over their honour and were now after a filmmaker, claiming that prestige was at stake.
Reacting to Tharoor’s remarks, Irani tweeted, "Did all the Maharajs (kings) kneel in front of the British? What will Jyotiraditya Scindia, Diggi Raja (Digvijaya Singh) and Amarinder Singh say on Shashi Tharoor’s comments?”
Congress leaders - Scindia, Digvijay Singh and Amarinder Singh - hail from royal families.
Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia had also slammed his party member Tharoor over the ‘Maharaja’ remark and advised him to study history. "I think he should study history, I am Jyotiraditya Scindia and I am proud of my past,” Scindia had attacked Tharoor.
Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh on Saturday also countered fellow Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s remark on the erstwhile kings of the country. "We did not accept our defeat. East India Company sent their forces twice to occupy nation. They said they need more force,” news agency ANI quoted Singh as saying. "Meanwhile, Queen Victoria finished the company and became Empress of India,” he added.
Earlier on Thursday while addressing a literary event Tharoor had reportedly said that the 'so called valourous maharajas' had scurried to accommodate themselves when the British trampled over their honour and were now after a filmmaker, claiming that prestige was at stake.
However, after being attacked on social media, the Congress MP clarified his comments and said, "I’m dismayed that some BJP supporters are claiming I attacked Rajput honour…I spoke about the Maharajahs who made their accommodations w/the (with the) British. I have never made a communal comment in my life.”
As for specific concerns of the Rajput community, he said people’s sentiments must be respected in the interest of India’s diversity and harmony. "Rajput valour is part of our history and is not in question. BJP and its censors should take these concerns into account,” Tharoor added.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmavati is witnessing protests with some groups alleging that it tampered with historical facts.Yesterday, it was sent back to the filmmaker by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) citing technical reasons. Sources said, "The movie will be reviewed as per set norms once it is sent back to the CBFC after sorting out the issue.”
Earlier, the Supreme Court had rejected a petition filed against the release of ‘Padmavati’, saying the CBFC was yet to issue a certificate to the movie.