Belagavi, Dec 6: Multilingual actor and activist Prakash Raj has slammed the attempts of some organisations and political parties to equate the concept nationalism with Hindutva.
Speaking during the anti-blind belief day at the Sadashiva Nagar graveyard here on Wednesday, he said: “To say that nationalism and Hindutva are one and the same is the new blind belief.”
“Some vested interests are spreading this new blind belief. We should guard ourselves against this. A Union Minister has asserted this in the Dharma Samsad held recently in Udupi. This is nothing but an attempt at infusing the new blind belief that nationalism is Hindutva,” he added.
He further said: “We are susceptible to blind belief as we are innocent. Our awareness levels were low. Now we need to educate ourselves about the designs of such interests. Looking at the crowd, I felt that there is still hope. Now I see that there are a lot of healthy people in this country. The fight against blind belief can still go on strong.”
Mr. Rai called for young people to adapt the ideologies preached by thinkers like Ambedkar. He spoke of some threats he received after he spoke against right-wing forces.
“I am not afraid. I do not need police security. I am among the people. If anybody does something to me, they will be exposed. However, I am worried and afraid for the society. But then we should stand up to them. They are cowards. They will be defeated,” he said.
Hindutva and nationalism cannot be one and same: Prakash Raj