“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?