New Delhi: Targeting RSS again, Janata Dal (United) on Monday alleged that dreaded global Islamic terror outfit ISIS is the Muslim version of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
“The Isis and RSS are competitors. In fact, the Isis is the Muslim version of RSS,” JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said.
The statement came a day after writers and artists alleged that the ruling BJP is unable to reign on its hardliner elements, with historian Irfan Habib even comparing RSS to the ISIS.
The agitating writers in a meeting on Sunday sought to reject the charge that the Congress and Leftists were behind their protest against the ‘growing intolerance’ in the country.
Habib in his speech on Sunday said that there was ‘not much difference between the Islamic State and RSS as far as intellect goes’.
However, the allegation by JD (U) is seen by many as an effort to appease the Muslim community by using RSS as a punching bag.
About 53 historians, including Romila Thapar, Irfan Habib, KN Pannikar and Mridula Mukherjee, have criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not issuing a “reassuring statement” to allay the concerns over what they called a “highly vitiated atmosphere” prevailing in the country.
Earlier, filmmakers, including Dibakar Banerjee and Anand Patwardhan, returned various government awards and honours which they have received to express solidarity with the FTII students.
At least 33 Sahitya Akademi awardees had earlier returned their awards in protest against what they perceived to be a growing atmosphere of intolerance in the country under the BJP-led NDA regime.