An Indian flag fluttering in the middle of the crowd assembled at Americas Capitol Hill triggered a fiery exchange back home between two senior MPs, Shahi Tharoor and Varun Gandhi. On Thursday, BJPs Varun Gandhi shared a video in which an Indian flag can be seen fluttering along with a number of US flags and posters hailing Trump. This happened when thousands of supporters lay siege on Capitol Hill, where certification of Joe Bidens victory was underway inside the Congress, US Parliament. Upon spotting the flag among Donald Trump supporters whose actions put America to shame, Varun Gandhi said: Why is there an Indian flag there??? This is one fight we definitely don Why is there an Indian flag there??? This is one fight we definitely don pic.twitter.com\/1dP2KtgHvf That flag there is a warning to all of us. Unfortunately, @varungandhi80, there are some Indians with the same mentality as that Trumpist mob, who enjoy using the flag as a weapon rather than a badge of pride, denounce all who disagree with them as anti-nationals traitors. That flag there is a warning to all of us. The parties on the Left and Centre Left in India hold different positions on use of nationalism and patriotism, they believe that these terms are used by political parties to further divide the society which is detrimental to democracy. Tharoor tried to drive that point home but it backfired badly. Hitting back at Tharoor, Gandhi said that these days, it had become too easy to deride Indians for using flag to showcase their pride in the country. At the same time, itUnfortunately, most liberals have flagrantly ignored warnings of its misuse in anti-national protests (e.g. in JNU) in India as well. It is a symbol of pride for us, and we venerate it without due regard to any [1\/2] These days, it At the same time, it The twist happened after it was discovered that the man who was holding the Indian flag there at Capitol Hill was someone apparently close to Tharoor. The man, identified as Vincent Xavier, had had lunch with Tharoor at Otello Restaurant in Washignton DC in 2015. A tweet of him in 2015, which has now gone viral on social media, says, Invited Shashi Tharoor for the FOMAA Kerala Convention on August at Trivandrum and he has graciously accepted the invitation. Sharing that 2015 tweet and a picture of Xavier standing at Capitol with Indian flag, Varun Gandhi said: Dear Shashi Tharoor, now that we know that this lunatic was such a dear friend of yours, one can only hope that you and your colleagues were not the silent Raised back of hand behind this mayhem. Dear @ShashiTharoor, now that we know that this lunatic was such a dear friend of yours, one can only hope that you and your colleagues were not the silent ???? behind this mayhem. pic.twitter.com\/bedkef7ZLc American patriots – Vietnamese, Indian, Korean Iranian origins, and from so many other nations and races, who believe massive voter fraud has happened joined rally yesterday in solidarity with Trump. Peaceful protestors who were exercising our rights!, he said in a tweet. @ShashiTharoor @varungandhi80 American patriots – Vietnamese, Indian, Korean Iranian origins, from so many other nations races, who believe massive voter fraud has happened joined rally yesterday in solidarity with Trump. Peaceful protestors who were exercising our rights! pic.twitter.com\/aeTojoVxQh \u2014 Vincent Xavier (@VincentPXavier) January 8, 2021