Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi spoke about Hinduism and Hindutva in a rally in Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur on Sunday. He said that he was not scared. “Hindutvawadis will attack me after hearing this. Do it, I’m not afraid!” Gandhi tweeted along with a video clip of his speech during a rally.
“In the country’s politics today, there is a competition between two words. One word is ‘Hindu’, the second word is ‘Hindutvawadi’. They are not the same. They are two separate words. And their meanings are also different,” he had said during the rally. “I am a Hindu but I am not a Hindutvawadi,” he added.
“Mahatma Gandhi – Hindu, (Nathuram) Godse – Hindutvawadi. A Hindu seeks the truth. A Hindu searches for truth, his path is Satyagraha, he spends his whole life in search of truth. Mahatma Gandhi spent his whole life understanding the truth. And finally a Hindutvawadi shot him 3 times in the chest,” he further said.
Further, Gandhi also said that a ‘Hindutvawadi’ spends his life in search of power and had nothing to do with truth. “He only wants power, he will do anything for it, say anything for it. His path is ‘sattagraha’ (power grabbing) not satyagraha,” he added.
Reacting to the comments, the Vishva Hindu Parishad said that the Congress leader does not understand Hindu or Hindutva.