In a stinging rejoinder to Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde, actor Prakash Raj questioned why the minister brought religion into nationalism, in an open letter.
Earlier, Hegde had reportedly claimed that there was no difference between Hindutva and nationalism.
“Dear Mr Ananthkumar Hedge, you said "nationalism and Hindutva are not two different things but are one and mean the same". Why do yoy bring in a religion into nationalism? Then what about those who are not Hindus? People who are countries pride—like Ambedkar, Adbul Kalam, A.R. Rehman, Khuswanth Singh, Amrita Pritam, Dr Verghese kurien, the list goes on. And what about many like me who do not have a religion, but believe in humanity? Aren’t we all the nationals of our country? Who are you guys? What is your agenda? Since you believe in “janmas”, are you guys reincarnation of german s HITLER #justasking,” he wrote.