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“If some­one says ‘I am a Mus­lim’... ‘a Chris­tian’... or ‘a Hindu’, I feel happy be­cause he knows his roots... If some­one says ‘I am sec­u­lar’, I get sus­pi­cious... We will re­spect the Con­sti­tu­tion, but it has changed sev­eral times and will change in the fu­ture too. We’re here to change the Con­sti­tu­tion.” ANANT KUMAR HEGDE, who be­came MoS for skill de­vel­op­ment and en­trepreneur­ship in Septem­ber, is known to make re­marks that are more big­oted than in­formed. In a re­cent ‘speech’ in home state Kar­nataka, he spoke about iden­tity as a sim­ple mat­ter of re­li­gion and caste. A for­mer RSS mem­ber, Hegde re­it­er­ated the need to change the Con­sti­tu­tion to make way for a Hindu rash­tra. The re­sponse from the op­po­si­tion was swift. Will the BJP act against its min­is­ter?

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