Karnataka MLA Satish Jarkiholi defends Hindu has dirty meaning remark

Bangalore, ,8/11: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Working President Satish Jarkiholi on Tuesday defended his statement that the word ‘Hindu’ had a dirty meaning and said that he would resign as MLA if his words were proven to be wrong.



The MLA’s remarks stirred controversy across party lines and Opposition with both sides condeming the statement and Opposition demanding an apology.


“The statement was made after going through different books and those targeting me for being ‘anti-Hindu’ should read them. I, myself, was ready for discussion on the issue,” he said during a press meet.





Satish Jarkiholi had, on Monday said that the word ‘Hindu’ was Persian and its meaning is “very dirty”.



“Where did the word ‘Hindu’ come from? Is it ours? It’s Persian, which covers places such as Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. What does it have to do with Bharat? How did the word ‘Hindu’ become yours? This must be discussed,” Jarkiholi had said at the Manav Bandhutva Vedike event at Nippani town in Belagavi on Sunday night.


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“If you understand the meaning of the word ‘Hindu’, you’ll be ashamed. The meaning is very dirty. This is already on the website. You are imposing on us a religion, a word that comes from somewhere else,” he had said.


He had clarified even on Monday that whatever he said was not his personal interpretation but the meaning was based on Wikipedia and articles by various authors.


Reacting to the development, Congress general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala had said in a tweet, “Hinduism is a way of life & a civilisational reality. Congress built our nation to respect every religion, belief & faith. This is the essence of India. The statement attributed to Satish Jarkiholi is deeply unfortunate & deserves to be rejected. We condemn it unequivocally,” said Surjewala, who oversees the party’s affairs in Karnataka.”


A day after Surjewala’s tweet, Jarkiholi clarified that the statement was made in individual capacity and not at a Congress party forum, and hence in no way concerns the party.


“AICC leader Randeep Singh Surjewala spoke to me and asked me to clarify the statement. He is a higher authority in the party. Those from Congress condemning my statement or distancing themselves from it have not heard it.


Standing by his words, Jarkiholi dared Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to form a neutral committee to investigate the words used by him. He said he would resign as an MLA immediately and “work like a commoner” if his words were proved wrong.


“Those reacting to my statement that the word ‘Hindu’ has a dirty meaning, have not heard my statement completely. I have given references of Persian words and others from where the word was derived. There was need for discussion on it and I support the stand with documents. There is no need to apologise.”


On former Chief Minister B S Yeddiyurappa’s demand for an apology he reiterated, “Let government prove my statement was wrong and I myself will quit as MLA.”


“Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee too defined the word Hindutva as a way of life. Those reacting have their own interpretation. There is a need to know how the word ‘Hindu’ came into existence, what is its meaning and whether it should be accepted,” he added.


Jarkiholi also said that all political parties had divided minds and they were attempting to control him.


“It’s like ‘manuwadi’ mindset. I stand by the statement and the question of apology does not arise.”


The Congress lost in the Assembly elections in the state due to negligence and will overcome it in the coming elections. My statement will not have any bearing on election prospects in Yamakanamaradi, he said, adding that he would give a befitting reply to BJP MLA Basangouda Patil-Yatnal “at an appropriate forum.”






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