The comment made by the senior congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Shashi Tharoor about PM Modi wearing different sorts of headgear while travelling to different places has led to some controversy. Attending a seminar on “Standing up to hatred, violence and intolerance in contemporary India” in Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor said the PM wears all sort of hilarious and outlandish headgear wherever he goes, citing the example of Naga headgear which was worn by the PM on his visit to Nagaland.
Nagaland Chief Minister Nephiu Rio, Naga Hoho along with many others have demanded an apology from the former Union Minister.
Union MoS (Home), Kiren Rijiju also slammed the congress leader for insulting the people of Northeast India and asked for an apology.
DoNER Minister Jitender Singh, in his tweet, attacked the Congress and mentioned that it was this mindset of the party with which they have been treating the Northeastern states for 70 years, since Independence.
Nagaland’s Tribal Body Naga Hoho, said in a press statement, that Tharoor’s statement though meant to be humorous, shows the disdainful mentality of some mainstream Indians towards the Northeast, and in particular the Nagas. The statement further read, ‘in the past, Congress leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi have worn Naga headgear and traditional dresses keeping in mind that India is a democratic secular country but no political parties or individuals showed such disregard and impudence as that of Shashi Tharoor.’
Naga Headgears are not just simple hats. These are a symbol of position, status and power also termed as Warrior Hats.
Some of the reactions in Twitter over Tharoor’s comment