Naga Hoho demands apology from Tharoor

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DIMAPUR, Aug 6 (Newmai): The Naga Hoho has demanded from Congress leader Shashi Tharoor to tender unconditional apology to the Naga people for “mocking the Naga traditional attire immediately”.

The Naga Hoho said that it “out-rightly” condemned the statement of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for allegedly abusing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for wearing Naga headgear as “outlandish and hilarious”.

Tharoor has plunged headlong into a fresh row with remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi donning “outlandish” Naga and other headgear on his trips but refusing to sport a Muslim skull cap, comments the BJP dubbed as insulting to the people of the Northeast.

The Naga Hoho said it is “inexcusable” from a person of such a stature. “His statement though meant to be humorous shows the contemptuous mentality of some of mainstream Indians towards the northeast and in particular the Nagas,” the Naga Hoho stated.

According to Naga Hoho, even in the past, the Congress leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi have worn the Naga headgears 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”.

“In this regard, we also fervently appeal to the Congress leaders from Nagaland to find out the details and contact the concern persons/ authority towards resolving the controversial statements amicably on this pertinent issue,” the Naga Hoho said.

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