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After Comparing Arvind Kejriwal With 'Eunuchs', Shashi Tharoor Apologises, But Misses Key Point

The Congress leader said, 'I recognize that its use today was inappropriate and withdraw it'.

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After Comparing Arvind Kejriwal With 'Eunuchs', Shashi Tharoor Apologises, But Misses Key Point
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.
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After Comparing Arvind Kejriwal With 'Eunuchs', Shashi Tharoor Apologises, But Misses Key Point
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2020-01-14T15:01:07+05:30

Congress MP from Kerala and senior party leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday apologised for his controversial comment on Arvind Kejriwal comparing him with 'eunuchs'.

Contending that what he said was an "old line from British politics," the politician said on Twitter, "I recognize that its use today was inappropriate and withdraw it."

In an interview to CNN-News18, Tharoor had said, "Kejriwal is trying to have it both ways. He has made statements deploring the CAA, NRC, saying why is it necessary, the government should withdraw it. But he has not taken any tangible action or not even shown any human compassion one expects from the chief minister towards the victims of violence in his own state," 

He further said, "Mr. Kejriwal really wants power without responsibility, which we all know has been the prerogative of eunuchs for ages."

His remark drew sharp criticism on social media as people accused him of "transphobia" and asked him to apologise to the LGBT community.

However, his apology also received flak for not addressing the usage of 'eunuch' which has been contentious in the first place. 

CPI(ML) leader and women's rights activist Kavita Krishnan called it a "non-apology".

Historically, eunuchs were castrated males who were employed for some social function or as guards or servants of women in royal quarters or harems . The eunuchs are known to have wielded political influence over their royal masters.


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