Shashi Tharoor Vs Varun Gandhi Over Indian Flag Amid US Capitol Chaos

It started with Varun Gandhi asking why the Tricolour was even present at Capitol Hill at that moment.

Shashi Tharoor Vs Varun Gandhi Over Indian Flag Amid US Capitol Chaos

Vincent Xavier, who swayed the Indian flag at Capitol Hill, is a Shashi Tharoor backer.

Highlights

  • A sharp exchange between Shashi Tharoor, Varun Gandhi has drawn attention
  • "Why the Tricolour was even present at Capitol Hill," Varun Gandhi asked
  • Some Indians have same mentality as the Trumpist mob: Shashi Tharoor
New Delhi:

The Indian flag fluttering in a sea of banners during the US Capitol siege on Thursday sparked much debate - and some amusement - on social media. Reactions ranged from anger and dismay to plain curiosity about the flag-waver.

A sharp exchange between Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and BJP MP Varun Gandhi drew a lot of attention.

It started off with Varun Gandhi's Twitter post in which he, like many others, asked why the Tricolour was even present at Capitol Hill at that moment.

Quoting Mr Gandhi's tweet, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram said, "…there are some Indians with the same mentality as the Trumpist mob."

Within an hour, Mr Gandhi replied saying, "These days, it's become too easy to deride Indians for using our flag to showcase our pride in our country. At the same time, it's also too easy to use the flag for nefarious purposes. Unfortunately, most liberals have flagrantly ignored warnings of its misuse in anti-national protests (eg in JNU) in India as well. It is a symbol of pride for us, and we venerate it without due regard to any 'mentality'."

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Soon, the person who had apparently waved the Indian flag at Capitol Hill posted a tweet himself and addressed it to both Mr Tharoor and Mr Gandhi. In the pinned tweet, Vincent Xavier, who had posted Facebook photos and videos of him as part of the mob that swarmed the US Capitol, wrote: "American patriots - Vietnamese, Indian, Korean & Iranian origins, & from so many other nations & races, who believe massive voter fraud has happened joined rally yesterday in solidarity with Trump. Peaceful protestors who were exercising our rights!"

This morning, a new twist emerged as some claimed on social media that Mr Xavier, a native of Kerala, is a supporter of Shashi Tharoor and also had met with him recently in Washington DC.

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Mr Gandhi then used these posts and photos to question Mr Tharoor.

Over to Mr Tharoor.