Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday extended his ‘anti-Hindu’ platform to the opinion of the leader of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of the ruling BJP, whose latter was “the DNA of Indians”. This has been the case for the last 40,000 years.
Mohan Bhagwat’s comment was seen by critics as a recent attempt by the organization to dictate what India is or who it is and deny the history of the country’s diversity, Mr Gandhi took to Twitter for a critique.
“Hindus believe that the DNA of every person is unique. Hindus believe that all Indians have the same DNA,” Mr Gandhi wrote in Hindi.
This is the latest in a series of campaigns launched by Mr Gandhi earlier this month to break away from the tolerant and pluralistic Hindu community and label the discourses of the BJP and the RSS as ‘Hindutva’.
The Congress leader made the same point at a massive election-led rally in Uttar Pradesh a day ago, in which he sought to portray Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a ‘Hindu’ and not a Hindu.
When opening the Kasi Viswanath route in Varanasi, he said, “A Hindu bathes alone in the Ganges, a Hindu with millions of people, for bathing alone in the Ganges.”
He sought to position his party as one of the “real” Hindus against Prime Minister Modi’s “false” Hindutva, showing the difference between the two sides as love against hatred and non-violence against violence. He said that Mahatma Gandhi represented the Hindus and his assassin Nathuram Kotse represented the Hindus.
Speaking at an event in Himachal Pradesh, RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat said the DNA of the people of India 40,000 years ago was the same as the DNA of the people of today and the ancestor of all of us. Those ancestors made our country prosperous, and our culture continued. “