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Padmavati row: Irani hits out at Tharoor for his 'maharaja' remarks

Congress leaders --Scindia, Digvijay Singh and Amarinder Singh-- hail from royal families

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Smriti Irani

Union minister Smriti Irani took a jibe at leader for his reported 'maharaja' comments amidst a row over period drama 'Padmavati'.

Tharoor, on Thursday, reportedly said the "so called valourous maharajas" had scurried to accommodate themselves when the British "trampled" over their honour and were now after a filmmaker, claiming that prestige was at stake.

Reacting to Tharoor's remarks, Irani yesterday tweeted, "Did all the Maharajs (kings) kneel in front of the British? What will Jyotiraditya Scindia, Diggi Raja (Digvijaya Singh) and say on Shashi Tharoor's comments?"

leaders --Scindia, and Amarinder Singh-- hail from royal families.

However, Tharoor on Thursday had tweeted, "I'm dismayed that some supporters are claiming I attacked Rajput honour...I spoke about the Maharajahs who made their accommodations w/the (with the) British. I have never made a communal comment in my life."

As for specific concerns of the Rajput community, he said people's sentiments must be respected in the interest of India's diversity and harmony.

"Rajput valour is part of our history and is not in question. and its censors should take these concerns into account," Tharoor said.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie 'Padmavati' is witnessing protests with some groups alleging that it tampered with historical facts.

First Published: Sat, November 18 2017. 12:04 IST