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The Indian Herald

September 12, 2009

Jairam Ramesh equates Jinnah to Hindu god

Union minister Jairam Ramesh termed MA Jinnah with Hindu God Mahesha, which is a name for Lord Shiva (Shankara). He equated Gandhi and Nehru with Brahma and Vishnu.

The Environment minister's statement could bring embarrassment for the Congress. Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh together complete the trinity of Hindu gods. The Union minister said that before partition, the three leaders were held in high-esteem and comprised the trinity in Indian politics.

However, the statement may not go down well with the party. Jinnah remains a hot potato in Indian politics. The BJP has already expelled its senior leader Jaswant Singh for penning a book that praises the founder of Pakistan.

Earlier, LK Advani had faced criticism for terming Jinnah as a secular person during his visit to Pakistan. In the recent days, comments over Jinnah have landed several politicians in soup.

The Congress leaders have taken digs at BJP for its alleged fascination with the personality of Mohammed Ali Jinnah. However, the statement of Jairam Ramesh could come as an embarrassment for the party.

TIH Bureau

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