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Define HINDUTVA: Digvijaya challenges RSS

Last updated on: July 4, 2012 09:36 IST

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With Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's pitch for a 'secular' face as the National Democratic Alliance's prime ministerial candidate evoking strong reaction from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday posed five questions to the Sangh asking it to define Hindutva.

Finding fault with the Sangh's response to Kumar's remarks, Singh said it places on the RSS the burden of clearly defining Hindutva to all those Hindus, who believe and practise Sanatan Dharma.

In an article on 'Hindutva' mailed to the media in Bhopal, Singh said the RSS has come out very strongly against Nitish Kumar. Snubbing Kumar over his 'secular face-for-PM' pitch, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had asked why a Hindutva face should not lead the country.

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In the five questions posed to Bhagwat, Singh asked whether "destroying Babri Masjid or any other religious place is Hindutva? Is planting bombs to kill innocent people Hindutva?"

Singh also asked Bhagwat to explain the rationale behind opposing the word secularism when it is said that Hindutva is synonymous with the term.

"The RSS chief must tell what was the difference between the ideals of Hindutva and the ideals of Sanatan Dharm," he said. Singh found it 'strange' that the Sangh Parivar calls him anti-Hindu although he is a practising Hindu who prays for half an-hour each day.

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The Congress general secretary said there are nine temples at his ancestral house at Raghogarh in Guna district of Madhya Pradesh, where Pooja is performed each day as per the traditions of his religion.

While posing the questions, Singh also said that although he did not expect them to be answered, he would be grateful if they were replied to.


Image: The Babri Masjid demolition
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