On Wednesday, AIADMK MP Navaneethakrishnan did not shy away from expressing his unconditional love for Kashmir during the Rajya Sabha session. Breaking into song -"Kashmir, beautiful Kashmir"- he said he belonged to Kashmir just as much as Kashmiris.
"I will reveal a secret, saffron (cultivated in Kashmir) is good for pregnant women. A product from Kashmir is eaten by every woman in Tamil Nadu - my mother, daughter-in-law have taken it, and my granddaughter will definitely have it," he said.
Since we're stuck with the fairness obsession, we might as well use it and help the Kashmiris is his logic perhaps.
Recalling a trip to Kashmir, he said he was surprised to see that his home turf of Thanjavur was not the only place that had fertile agricultural land. He also spoke about Kashmiri food and in true AIADMK style thanked Jayalalithaa for sending him to Kashmir.
"I hosted 15 families and took them on a tour around Chennai and they loved the beaches. I loved my trip to Kashmir, because after seeing MGR films where they shot scenes in Kashmir, I wanted to go too. So just as my friends belong to Tamil Nadu, I belong to Kashmir," he said. The logic was convoluted, but the sentiment was understandable.
In conclusion he said, "Tamil Nadu people want terrorism in Kashmir to end." Speaker of the house PJ Kurien called the speech "patriotic and emotional." (Sarcasm, we feel) And don't miss Ravi Shankar Prasad's expression throughout the speech.
The song that NavneethKrishnan was reciting in Parliament