‘What about Ambedkar, Abdul Kalam…’: Prakash Raj slams Hedge for linking nationalism with Hindutva

Prakash Raj asked Ananth Kumar Hedge to clarify what he meant when he said “nationalism and Hindutva” are one and mean the same.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 7, 2017 2:14 pm
Prakash Raj sends legal notice to BJP MP Prakash Raj asked Ananth Kumar Hedge to clarify what he meant when he said “nationalism and Hindutva” are one and mean the same. (file photo)

Actor Prakash Raj Thursday slammed Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hedge for linking nationalism with religion. In an open letter to the Karnataka BJP leader, Prakash Raj asked Hedge to clarify what he meant when he said “nationalism and Hindutva” are one and mean the same.

He also shared a 39-second undated video clipping of Hedge speaking in Kanada at a press conference, where he had purportedly said Hindutva and nationalism are not separate identities.

Prakash Raj wrote: “Dear Mr Ananthkumar Hedge,

You said ‘nationalism and Hindutva are not two different things but are one and mean the same’

WHY DO YOU BRING IN A RELIGION into NATIONALISM. Then what about those who are not Hindus. People who are countries pride ..like Ambedkar..Adbul kalam. .. A R rehman..khuswanth singh…Amrita Pritam.. Dr.Verghese kurien…the list goes on..and what about many like me who don’t have a religion..but believe in humanity..aren’t we all the national of our country..who are you guys..what’s your agenda..Since you believe in “janmas”..are you guys reincarnation of german s HITLER #justasking”

Earlier in September, in an interview to Asianet News, Hedge had said: “Hindutva and nationalism are not separate identities. I strongly propagate nationalism. Do not separate Hindutva from patriotism. It is foolish to consider Hindutva and nationalism as matters of controversy.”

This wasn’t the first time Prakash Raj has targetted a BJP leader. In October, he claimed that Uttar Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are better actors than him. He also said PM Modi’s silence over the murder of noted journalist Gauri Lankesh’s was “chilling”.

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  1. Asit Desai
    Dec 26, 2017 at 2:08 pm
    The direction we are being led toward should make many think deeply if this is the path to Vikad
    1. Jeanette Soans
      Dec 26, 2017 at 9:56 am
      In this time when the minorities are being lynched, lashed and terrorized Prakash Raj is the only one who has the courage to stand by the oppressed. Every citizen of India should join him to strengthen his cause and unite against people like Hegde who think India in their personal property. I salute Prakash Raj.
      1. Lovely Lovely
        Dec 8, 2017 at 5:07 am
        Hindutva is nationalism.
        1. Tauqiranibur Alam
          Dec 7, 2017 at 6:34 pm
          Good question. No reply. Only jumlabazi will heard
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            Varkey Thomas
            Dec 7, 2017 at 5:50 pm
            Well said...Mr. Raj Well said Mr. Raj. One PRESENT DAY political party's ancestors were the stooge and cronies of the British rulers. Because there is on background history for this party to show the people of India, this party's leaders are now harping trumpeting about nationalism and patriotism standing on roof tops. These people should learn Indian History and the freedom movement with an open mind. Then they will understand who is a Nationalist and a Patriot.
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