India-Pakistan hostility can be a mood not a policy: Shashi Tharoor
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has said he favoured inviting Pakistani artists, creative people and businessmen to boost bilateral ties. The suave and articulate Tharoor , the former MOS HRD and External Affairs minister in the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh UPA government has expressed his displeasure with the way the “ADHM” controversy was handled by the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
“We should welcome creative people, artistes and genuine businessmen (from Pakistan) to India,” Tharoor said, during a debate in the Tata Literature Live Festival here tonight.
“We have to create a ‘home away from home’ situation for them,” he said, adding that hostility between the two countries “can be a mood but not a policy”.
In a scathing comment about the way Fadnavis handled the controversy surrounding Karan Johar-directed ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ when MNS opposed the film because it had Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, Tharoor said, “Certainly no Congress Chief Minister would have ever negotiated (with outfits like MNS).”
The Raj Thackeray-led party later relented on the condition that the producers would give a donation to Army welfare fund. Fadnavis later denied that he brokered the ‘deal’ between MNS and the ADHM producers.
Taking part in a debate on ‘India and Pakistan can never be friends’, Tharoor contended that people-to-people cooperation would improve bilateral ties.
“Create an umbrella where artists, the fashion designers and genuine businesspersons would interact more frequently, form associations which would create a constituency of goodwill,” Tharoor said.