BJP's Hindutva does not work in India, says actor Prakash Raj at India Today

Bengaluru, March 31, 2018: The kind of Hindutva that is propagated by the Bharatiya Janata Party cannot work in India, actor Prakash Raj said at India Today Group's Karnataka Panchayat in Bengaluru today.

Raj wasparticipating in a debate on The Culture Wars!' when he was asked aboutKannadiga culture. "We have to give a feeling that everyone can livehere... that everyone can live in harmony," Prakash Raj said.

Karnataka'sculture is about plurality and harmony, Prakash Raj went on to say. "Thesort of Hindutva they (the BJP) are propagating does not work here in thiscountry."

WillKarnataka accept the BJP's form of Hindutva? "You will see it when theresults (for the Karnataka Assembly election) come," Prakash Raj said whenasked the question. "We are a very tolerant (state)... any religion or anyHindutva should be compassionate and tolerant about others (sic)."

Prakash Rajwent on to draw an analogy between the diversity seen in nature to say that asociety would not function without diversity.

Raj'sallegations were rebutted strongly by Bharatiya Janata Party spokespersonMalavika Avinash who said, "I am Hindu and I am secular by nature."

"Whatare you (Raj) talking about," Avinash questioned as she went on to assertthat Hinduism allowed for the existence of all religions and all beliefs.

"We(Hindus) have sustained thousands of years... of other religions coming in, wehave allowed all to assimilate... being a Hindu is a culture in itself,"Avinash said.

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