NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said Hinduism as Hindu religion was different from the Hindutva ideology practised by RSS, as he added that the latter was about targeting innocent minorities. He urged party workers to discuss and learn about these issues which will help in “eclipsing the hate” that appears dominant in present times.
Addressing online the ideological training camp of Congress in Wardha, Rahul said Congress followed India’s cultural values of thousands of years, and Hinduism and Hindutva were very different, “Why do Hindus need Hindutva when they follow Hinduism… Is Hinduism about beating a Sikh or a Muslim person? No. But Hindutva is. Is Hinduism about killing Akhlaq? I have read the Upanishads and nowhere is it written to kill an innocent man. But I can see it in Hindutva. Our orientation comes from Lord Shiva, Kabir, Guru Nanak to Bapu. We stand for what they stood for in their times,” he said.

“We say there is a difference between Hindutva and Hindu religion. It is a simple logic — if you are a Hindu, then why do you need Hindutva? Why do you need this new name?” he asked. Rahul said the RSS ideology has spread hate in the country and overshadowed the nationalistic ideology of Congress.
Meanwhile, Congress slammed Facebook for hosting hate content and demanded that a JPC probe be conducted against the firm.

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