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DMK MP A Raja: You’re a Shudra, prostitute’s son till you’re Hindu

DMK MP A Raja of 2G spectrum scam infamy says all Shudras are children of prostitutes and they will remain so until they remain Hindus. The MP made the comment on 7 September while addressing a function organised to commemorate the six-decade-long association of Dravida Kazhagam head K Veeramani’s with the organisation’s mouthpiece Viduthalai, according to a report on The Commune.

Speaking at the event, the DMK MP said “Viduthalai, Murasoli (DMK’s mouthpiece), Theekathir (Communist Party of India’s mouthpiece), and others should start asking – ‘Who is a Hindu?’. We should have the right to assert – ‘we don’t wish to be a Hindu, why are you keeping me as a Hindu?’”

The DMK MP from Nilgiris said, “I haven’t seen any religion like this. Lingayats in Karnataka are petitioning the Supreme Court saying that their way of worship and religious principles are different. They are asking themselves to be not declared as Hindus. But what is the Supreme Court saying? The Supreme Court is saying that if you aren’t a Christian, Muslim, or Persian, you’ve to be a Hindu. Is there any other country having such cruelty?”

“You’re a till you remain a Hindu. You’re a son of the prostitute till you remain a Shudra. You’re a Panchaman (Dalit) till you remain a Hindu. You’re an untouchable till you remain a Hindu. How many of you wish to stay as children of prostitutes? How many of you wish to remain untouchable? Only if we’re vocal about these questions, it will become elemental in breaking Santhana (Sanatana Dharma),” the DMK MP said adding that the time has come for Viduthalai, Murasoli, DMK and DK to take up the issue.

A Raja of DMK, repeat offender

A Raja, who is also the deputy general secretary of the DMK, is infamous for making comments disparaging Hindus and Hinduism. There have been several instances where he has abused the community and its belief system.

In December 2020, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of had booked the DMK MP following a complaint from ’s legal wing for allegedly making abusive remarks against Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, under Sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 505 (1)(b) (with intent to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the state or against the public tranquillity) of the Indian Penal Code.

On 28 March 2021, had booked him following a complaint of a similar offence.

Once, the former union minister of the INC-led UPA government had stoked controversy, saying, “I threw away all holy ashes (Vibuthi) and I also placed an elephant cracker below Ganesha’s statue, and it exploded,”.

This year in January, the DMK MP had said, “I threw away all vibuti (holy ash). I also placed an elephant cracker below Ganesha’s statue and it exploded.”

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