This Article is From Jul 06, 2022

"Lighten Up...": Shashi Tharoor On Trinamool MP's Goddess Kali Comment Row

The Trinamool Congress distanced itself from the comment on Goddess Kali by Mahua Moitra and condemned it

'Lighten Up...': Shashi Tharoor On Trinamool MP's Goddess Kali Comment Row

Shashi Tharoor tweeted in support of Mahua Moitra over Goddess Kali comment row

New Delhi:

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said he is "taken aback by the attack" on Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra for her comments on Goddess Kali, and urged people to "lighten up and leave religion" to individuals to practice privately.

Ms Moitra on Tuesday stirred a controversy with her remarks that she has every right as "an individual to imagine Goddess Kali as a meat-eating and alcohol-accepting Goddess", as every person has the right to worship God and Goddess in their own way.

While the BJP criticised Ms Moitra and asked if it was the official stand of West Bengal's ruling party to insult Hindu Gods and Goddesses, the Trinamool Congress distanced itself from the comment and condemned it.

Mr Tharoor tweeted, "I am no stranger to malicious manufactured controversy, but am still taken aback by the attack on Mahua Moitra for saying what every Hindu knows, that our forms of worship vary widely across the country. What devotees offer as bhog (offering) says more about them than about the Goddess."

"We have reached a stage where no one can say anything publicly about any aspect of religion without someone claiming to be offended. It's obvious that Mahua Moitra wasn't trying to offend anyone. I urge everyone to lighten up and leave religion to individuals to practice privately," he said.

While taking part in India Today Conclave East in Kolkata, Ms Moitra had said it is up to individuals how they view their gods.

"If you go to Bhutan or Sikkim, for example, when they do puja, they give whisky to their God. Now, if you go to Uttar Pradesh and say that you give whisky to your god as prasad, they will say that is blasphemous," she had said.