New Delhi: Congress leader and former President Rahul Gandhi, who confronted the BJP at the party rally in Jaipur on Sunday and called it “power hungry”, while seeking to distinguish between its Hinduism and the his, said he would not be deterred by attacks on him.
Tweet sound video of his speech he, in an accompanying message in Hindi, said: “After hearing this, Hindutvawadis will attack me. Come on, I’m not afraid.
Addressing the large rally in Jaipur at the nationwide rally held to protest rising prices and inflation, Gandhi fiercely attacked central government policy and said he was a Hindu but not a Hindutvawadi.
Elaborating on the difference between the two, Rahul Gandhi said: “Two words cannot mean the same thing. Each word has a different meaning. In the politics of our country today, the meaning of Hindu and Hindutva is the same. They are not the same thing, they are two different words and they mean completely different things. I am a Hindu but not a Hindutvawadi. Mahatma Gandhi was a Hindu and Nathuram Godse was a Hindutvawadi.
“Whatever happens, a Hindu seeks and spends his whole life in search of the truth while those of the Hindutva spend his whole life seeking power and empowering themselves. He will kill anyone for power. The path of a Hindu is “Satyagraha” while the path for Hindutva is “Sattagraha”.
His stance was praised by suspended Congress leader Sanjay Jha, who said: “Rahul Gandhi is doing the right thing. It explodes the false policy of the BJP. It is time to tell the truth to the Indian people. A sustained campaign to expose BJP’s divide and conquer game plan will make a difference. “