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Ideology of Thackerays can be rendered irrelevant: Tharoor

india Updated: Feb 04, 2010 19:15 IST
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It would not be easy to change ideology of people like the Thackerays but they can be "rendered irrelevant", feels Union Minister Shashi Tharoor.

Asked on the social networking site 'Twitter' that if there was a chance to change the ideology of people like the
Thackerays, he said, "perhaps not, but we can render them irrelevant. If majority votes for pluralist politics, bigots
will c (see) no profit in intolerance."

The Minister of State for External Affairs also ruled out banning of parties provoking hatred and working against
national interest, saying "banning is not the solution."

"We must win the battle of ideas. India's pluralism must be defended and promoted as superior to bigotry."

Twitter has seen number of tweets on the 'Mumbai for Marathi Manoos' controversy created by Shiv Sena which has
also criticised filmstar Shah Rukh Khan for expressing willingness to take Pakistani cricketer for IPL if he had any
slot left in his team Kolkata Knight Riders.

No Pakistani player was selected in the last month's auction for IPL tournament, triggering a strong reaction from
that country. Number of people have also come in support of Khan on the site.