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RSS chief’s DNA remark gets Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Hindu vs Hindutvavadi’ counter

Prime News, National, Religion, Politics, New Delhi, December 20:- Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday (December 19) extended his ‘Hindu vs Hindutvavadi’ pitch to a comment by the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of the ruling BJP, in which the latter had said that the “DNA of Indians” was the same for the last 40,000 years.

The comment by Mohan Bhagwat seen by critics as the latest attempt by the organisation of dictating what or who constitutes India and denying the country’s history of diversity was picked up by Gandhi for a critique on Twitter.

“Hindus believe that every person’s DNA is unique. Hindutvavadis believe that all Indians have the same DNA,” Rahul Gandhi wrote in Hindi.

The riposte was the latest in the campaign that Gandhi began floating earlier this month, branding the BJP and RSS’s discourse as ‘Hindutvavadi,’ separate from the community of tolerant and pluralist Hindus.

The Congress leader had made the same reference a day ago at a massive rally in Uttar Pradesh, headed for elections, in which he strived to paint Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a ‘Hindutvavadi’ and not a Hindu.

“A Hindutvavadi bathes alone in Ganga, while a Hindu bathes with crores of people,” he said, taking a swipe at PM Narendra Modi for his solo dip in the Ganga while inaugurating the Kashi Vishwanath corridor in Varanasi.

Trying to position his party as one of “truthful” Hindus against PM Modi’s “lying” Hindutva, he also drew a distinction between the two sides as love against hate and non-violence against violence. He said that Mahatma Gandhi represented Hindus and his killer Nathuram Godse represented Hindutva. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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