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Shashi Tharoor Defends "Malayali Taliban" Tweet Amid Backlash

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's comments on "Malayali Taliban" in a column administration a video of the group's celebrations in Afghanistan afterwards the takeover of Kabul became arguable on Tuesday as abounding airtight the tweet. 

"It sounds as if there are at atomic two Malayali Taliban actuality - one who says "samsarikkette" about the 8-second mark & addition who understands him!", Shashi Tharoor, the MP from Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram, wrote in his tweet, administration the video acquaint on August 15 by a user, Ramiz.

The video showed a Taliban affiliate complaining in joy as the accumulation neared Kabul, hours afore the abatement of the Afghan capital.

It sounds as if there are at atomic two Malayali Taliban actuality - one who says "samsarikkette" about the 8-second mark & addition who understands him!

"This is awful problematic. Making statements like this abnormally aback the Right Wing eco arrangement is activity on a abhorrence attack adjoin Kerala apropos bodies abutting jihadist groups. And you actuality an MP from Kerala's basic should be alive better," wrote Korah Abraham, a journalist.

To which, the Congress baton replied: "I accept been approached by Kerala mothers whose daughters are ashore in Afghanistan afterwards accepting been taken there by their bearded husbands. I abiding a affair with EAM SushmaSwaraj ji for a basic to appeal her case. Obviously it's as an MP that I'm acquainted of the situation."

This is awful problematic. Making statements like this abnormally aback the Right Wing eco arrangement is activity on a abhorrence attack adjoin Kerala apropos bodies abutting jihadist groups. And you actuality an MP from Kerala's basic should be alive better.

I accept been approached by Kerala mothers whose daughters are ashore in Afghanistan afterwards accepting been taken there by their bearded husbands. I abiding a affair w/ EAM SushmaSwaraj ji for a basic to appeal her case. Obviously it's as an MP that I'm acquainted of the situation.

Malayali biographer NS Madhavan said: "Listened to this video repeatedly. The man didn't say samsarikkatte. He might've said zamzam - angelic baptize in Arabic, or samsaram in Tamil, acceptation wife. Or he was adage some affair in his dialect. If the chat wife triggers the MP, why annoyance Malayalis into that?"

Listened to this video repeatedly. The man didn't say samsarikkatte. He might've said zamzam - angelic baptize in Arabic, or samsaram in Tamil, acceptation wife. Or he was adage some affair in his dialect. If the chat wife triggers the MP, why annoyance Malayalis into that?

The BJP's Vinit Goenka tweeted: "This is not a ball appearance Shashi Tharoor. It seems to be aloof tip of an iceberg. Congress and Larboard are ruining Kerala beneath nonevent secularism. In my book #EnemiesWithin I accept accent the actuality about how Kerala is acceptable a hot atom for application of Islamic terrorist."

is acceptable a hot atom for application of Islamic terrorist.

The Twitter user whose column was aggregate by Mr Tharoor additionally pushed back. "There are no Kerala agent fighters in rank and book of Taliban they are Baloch from #zabul arena who allege Brahvi and Bravhi accent is broadly announced amid them, Its a Dravidian accent actual agnate to Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam etc," wrote Ramiz.

Mr Tharoor angled bottomward on his angle in acknowledgment to the user:

Interesting explanation. WIll leave it to the linguists to amount this one out. But there accept absolutely been bearded Malayalis who abutting the Taliban, so that achievability cannot be disqualified out entirely.

Later, Mr Tharoor aggregate an commodity that quoted intelligence letters as absolute that "eight Keralites, who had larboard for Afghanistan to accompany IS" were amid prisoners freed by the Taliban.

I am abiding all those who decried my cheep about the achievability of Malayalis in the Taliban will now apprehension the ones who were appear from the government's prisons today:

"I am abiding all those who decried my cheep about the achievability of Malayalis in the Taliban will now apprehension the ones who were appear from the government's prisons today," the Congress MP posted.

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