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“There’s an ex­tra­or­di­nary, strik­ing metaphor ex­pressed by an un­named RSS source... ‘Mr Modi,’ he says, ‘is like a scor­pion sit­ting on a shiv­ling. You can­not re­move it with your hand, and you can­not hit it with a chap­pal ei­ther’... a very in­ter­est­ing clue to the rather com­plex dy­nam­ics that ex­ist be­tween the Hin­dutva move­ment and the Moditva ex­pres­sion of it.”

Congress MP SHASHI THA­ROOR, speak­ing at a lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val in Ben­galuru, sparked cat­a­clysms of anger in the BJP with his re­sus­ci­ta­tion of a quote from an un­named source in a 2012 mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle, re­flect­ing on the sup­pos­edly uneasy re­la­tion­ship be­tween the RSS and for­mer pracharak Naren­dra Modi. Union min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad called on “Shiv bhakt” Rahul Gandhi to apol­o­gise for this “very hor­rific de­nun­ci­a­tion of Lord Ma­hadev”. Shouldn’t Prasad be di­rect­ing his anger at the mys­te­ri­ous RSS mem­ber who sup­plied this colour­ful quote six whole years ago?

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