Mumbai : Commenting on the controversy surrounding lyricist and former Rajya Sabha MP Javed Akhtar comparing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) with the Taliban, the Shiv Sena on Monday said that Mr Akhtar’s comparison is wrong and the idea of a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ that of the RSS and the Sena is an inclusive one.
Writing an editorial under the heading ‘Support for a Hindu Rashtra’ in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the Sena said that Hindus should not be sidelined in their own country.
“We do not agree with his (Mr Akhtar’s) statement of comparing the RSS with the Taliban. His remarks saying that there is no difference between the goals of the Taliban and the RSS are incorrect. Mr Akhtar might have ideological differences with the RSS and he does voice them on several occasions. However, even if he has a secular ideology, it cannot mean that the ones backing the idea of a Hindu Rashtra can be compared to the Taliban,” the editorial said.