Videos of Ram Madhav telling a renowned British journalist ‘your ISIS’ has gone viral on social media.
Madhav, who made a lateral career transition from the RSS to join the BJP, was on Al-Jazeera’s flagship programme, Head to Head, recently.
While answering a question from the host on why his government had no concrete vision to solve the problem of Kashmir, Mehdi Hassan, he said, “You worry about many more thing that are happening. Your ISIS can catch hold of nuclear weapons.”
Hassan promptly interrupted and asked, ‘My ISIS?’
Undeterred by the booing of audience, Madhav continued to make his point on the danger of ISIS.
But Hassan was in no mood to let him go unchallenged. He persisted, “But you said my ISIS.”
A visibly nervous Madhav then desperately tried to redeem himself and corrected, “Your ISIS in the sense ISIS can catch hold of nuclear weapons. Worry about their system.”
And this wasn’t the only difficult moment for Madhav who appeared quite uncomfortable all throughout the interview titled under ‘Is Modi’s India flirting with fascism?’
Shot at Oxford Union, the programme also had other guests including Nitasha Kaul and Gautam Sen, who reportedly advised Narendra Modi in the past.
At one point, Sen was seen calling Kaul, a Kashmiri pandit, an agent of Pakistan because of her remarks on the alleged violations by the Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.
At one point Hassan reminds Madhav of a resolution passed by the RSS post 2002 Gujarat riots saying, ‘Let Muslims understand that their real safety lies in the goodwill of the majority community.’
Madhav said the journalist was wrongly interpreting the statement as it only meant that two communities needed to coexist with harmony.
This prompted Hassan to ask, “If David Cameron (British Prime Minister) were to say ‘let British Hindus understand that their real safety lies in the goodwill of majority’ do you think they will find it acceptable. No They won’t.”
Madhav then also goes on to say that the Taj Mahal is a part of Hindu culture in India.
You can watch the full interview here.
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