A Raja, known for his involvement in the 2G scam and currently serving as the DMK MP for Nilgiris Lok Sabha constituency, has made a significant declaration. He vows to actively oppose Hindu nationalism, particularly targeting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), by the time the 2024 Lok Sabha elections conclude.
In a recent address, Raja expressed firm confidence in the imminent decline of the BJP, a prominent proponent of Hindu nationalism. His assertion points towards a strategic opposition to the prevailing political ideology, anticipating a transformative shift after the 2024 elections.
Known for his vocal anti-Hindu and pro-Christian stance, Raja’s recent comments on the Ram Temple, Hinduism, and Tamil culture have sparked outrage and condemnation.
In September 2022, Raja had made headlines for his derogatory comments about Hinduism, equating being a Hindu to being a Shudra, son of a prostitute, and untouchable. His recent statements continue to fuel the fire of controversy surrounding his divisive views.
At the youth conference, Raja expressed admiration for Udhaya Nidhi Stalin, comparing him to Periyar, Anna, and Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin for his stance on the Ram Temple issue. He claimed that no other leader in India had the audacity to challenge the construction of the Ram Temple where the mosque previously stood, praising Stalin’s boldness in doing so.
Raja went on to delineate his views on the cultural divide in India, asserting the existence of two cultures – Aryan and Tamil. According to him, Aryan culture, based on Sanskrit, dominated the northern part of India beyond the Vindhyas, while Tamil culture, part of the Dravidian race, prevailed in the southern regions. He cited historical references, including Dr. Radhakrishnan’s book ‘Philosophy of Hinduism’ and CP Ramaswamy Iyer’s writings, to support his claims of distinct philosophies and cultures.
The controversial MP then delved into his critique of the Aryan philosophy, alleging that it eradicated the existing Tamil culture by denying education to “Shudras” and “Panchamas.” Raja claimed that Macaulay’s education system, introduced in 1835, played a pivotal role in providing educational opportunities to oppressed communities, including Pallans, Parayans, Arundhathiyars, Nadars, Thevars, Kounders, Chettiyars, Mudaliars, and Pillamars.
Raja’s remarks reignited debates surrounding his penchant for making divisive statements and perpetuating narratives that critics argue could fuel communal tensions. His history of controversial remarks, including comparing Santhana Dharma to diseases like AIDS and leprosy and questioning the foundation of Hinduism, has drawn severe criticism in the past.