How Rahul Gandhi’s description as a ‘Janeu dhaari Hindu’ exposes his and Congress’ hypocrisy

29th November 2017 might turn out to be a day of momentous gaffes for the Congress party.

Party vice-president Rahul Gandhi who has been going on a “temple run” in Gujarat ahead of state elections, saw his “pilgrimage” getting into trouble after social media erupted with reports of him declaring himself a non-Hindu before taking the Darshan of the famous Somnath Temple.

Later the Congress decided to clarify this ‘gaffe’ by causing extra confusion and later took things to the next level by calling Rahul a “Janeu dhaari Hindu”. This assertion by the Congress was questioned by social media users who hinted towards a possible catholic origin of the Congress Vice-President.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

Speculations aside, it seems that such an assertion of a ‘Janeu Dhari Hindu’ identity exposes his and his party’s hypocrisy on this whole caste/religion issue.

For example take this statement made by Rahul Gandhi two years ago, while he was undertaking some farmer outreach program in Uttar Pradesh. While being asked by a reporter whether he endorsed the Brahmin narrative of the UP campaign, he replied that:

I don’t believe in caste, nor endorse any of that. UP needs to get out of this morass. The only way to do that is to become a party that represents everybody equally. My view is the Congress is a party for all

Quite clearly it seems that the Rahul Gandhi of 2016 would have thoroughly condemned his party’s idea of depicting him as a “Janeu dhaari Hindu”.

Such a list doesn’t end here:

  • Around the same time, reports had emerged from Uttar Pradesh which quoted Rahul Gandhi accusing the BJP and RSS of being traders of religion. He was quoted as alleging that the BJP would do anything to come to power like using issues means like religion, cow and violence. That Rahul Gandhi too might be outraged when he knows that currently Rahul is touring various temples of Gujarat, possibly in order to woo the Hindu voters and the Congress too has affixed an outright Hindu identity to the leader.
  • Rahul had also tried to take a moral high ground when it comes to caste and religion issues in 2013 when he was quoted as accusing the BJP of dividing people on the basis of region, religion and caste to win the then upcoming election of Rajasthan. This again completely contradicts the current actions of Rahul and the Congress.

One doesn’t even need to go this far back in time to dig up such glaring contradictions:

Just this September, while addressing a divisional congregation of the Congress activists in Nanded, Maharashtra, he was again seen accusing the BJP of dividing people on the basis of caste and also claimed that his party will not allow them to do.

Such paradoxes might lead many to believe that the Congress has glaringly exposed its own hypocrisy when it comes to using caste and religion for winning elections, something which the party and its “heir apparent” have time and again been accusing the BJP of doing.

Share and Support:
Support OpIndia by paying for content

Most read articles recently

Here is why BJP lost elections, and of course, it was deliberate

What BJP supporters need to realise is this - no political party ever wants to lose and least of all, a party led by the two most politically aggressive politicians the country has ever seen.

India cannot turn into Islamic Nation, only Modi can understand gravity and do needful: Meghalaya HC

There should be uniform law for all Indian citizens, and anybody opposing the Indian laws and constitution cannot be considered as citizens of the country, Meghalaya High Court noted

BJP’s real woes: Lessons from the electoral semi-finals

The prolonged silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah on election results was very telling. The results were clearly unexpected and possibly led to prolonged internal discussions on the future course of action.
It is time for Congress and Gandhi Family mukt Bharat

Why Congress-mukt Bharat is still very much in progress

It is time BJP supporters understand the meaning of the term 'Congress-mukt Bharat'.

Can the BJP satisfy its online supporters? If only it were Congress

BJP supporters online, also known as the ‘right wing’, are first to attack the party and write it off after electoral setbacks.

BJP may be weaker than it was in 2014, but Congress is not as strong as projected either

If Congress has not forgotten the 1996 elections, they would very well know they are on a sticky wicket here.

Mayawati extends support to Congress for Madhya Pradesh, may consider Rajasthan ‘to keep BJP out of power’

She said to defeat BJP in Rajasthan, too, BSP will extend support to Congress.

‘Will not develop areas which did not vote for me’: Rajasthan Congress MLA shortly after winning

Rajender Singh Bidhuri fought and won a close battle against BJP MLA Suresh Dhakad with a margin of 1661 votes.

Has PM Modi sounded the start of slog overs with the new RBI Governor’s appointment

Shaktikanta Das, who is currently a member of The Finance Commission and Former Finance Secretary (the one who presided over Demonetisation), has been appointed as the new RBI Governor by the Modi government

Madhya Pradesh: Twitterati showers praises at Shivraj Singh Chouhan as he gracefully concedes defeat

The BJP stalwart, Shivraj Singh Chouhan took the sole responsibility for the BJP’s defeat in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections.

Latest articles

Connect with us

125,578FansLike
97,612FollowersFollow
6,060SubscribersSubscribe

Don't miss these