Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had created resentment by prefixing 'Shri' before the name of Hafiz Saeed - the Pakistani master-mind of infamous 26/11 attack on Mumbai. Digvijaya Singh, another politician from the ruling party has suffixed Saeed's name with yet other honourable word of 'Saheb'.
Persons occupying high posts in public life should be careful in using such saluting remarks for enemies of nation for not provoking angered sentiments of masses against activities of such hard-core militants.
Reports about Shinde inviting Pakistani Home Minister Rehman Malik against the advice of senior officers of his ministry is also a matter of concern at a time when statements of Malik during and after his recent visit to India caused embarrassment for India.
‘Irresponsible’ and untimely statements of Shinde about ‘saffron terrorism’ may provide an upper hand to Pakistan against India’s charges of Pakistan’s involvement in terrorist activities in India. Even ruling-party spokesperson has termed Shinde’s statement a slip of tongue.
Any Union Home Minister must be careful about outcome of his statements even though they may have some point. Significantly Union Home Ministry’s own records do not find place for RSS and BJP in their list of unwanted organizations. President and Prime Minister should advise their ministers to be careful in such statements and remarks which may weaken India’s case at international forums.
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