A. Raja, DMK MP’s Controversial Remark: ‘India Is Not A Nation’

DMK leader A. Raja, a Member of Parliament and former union minister said, ‘India is a subcontinent, not a country’. A. Raja also made remarks on Lord Ram.

A. Raja

Dhanush and Rupesh are friends. Their interest in everything from food to Film is almost the same, except for one thing: politics. Recently, DMK leader A. Raja, a Member of Parliament and former union minister said ‘India is a subcontinent, not a country’. A. Raja also made remarks on Lord Ram. Both Dhanush and Rupesh are having a friendly debate on this recent political scene. 

Rupesh exclaimed with disbelief and a bit of anger, “How can A. Raja say that India is a subcontinent and not a country?”

Dhanush: But his context was different.

Rupesh: So, what was his context?

Dhanush: His exact statement is “One country means one language, one culture, one tradition. India was not a country but a subcontinent. Here, Tamil Nadu is a country, with one language, and one culture. Malayalam is another language and culture… Keeping them all together is what made India — this makes India a subcontinent, not a country.” 

Rupesh: I know. So, what does he mean? Every state should declare itself as a country, is this what he wants?

Dhanush: No, I think he was talking about in the context of Culture and language. He was talking about how diverse our nation is, in terms of culture and language. Every state has its different language and culture. Which is like whole different countries. That’s what this means, I guess.

Rupesh: But A. Raja Intentionally gives this type of controversial speech. And What will you say about his remark on ‘Lord Ram’?

Dhanush: He was talking about “Bilkis Bano gangrape”. Where convicts were chanting ”jai shri ram” after their release. He said in this context “If this the god you are talking about, if this is your ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, we will never accept your ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata’. Tamil Nadu cannot accept that. You go and tell everyone that we are enemies of Ram.” But, I also think that he should not have said that last line. It hurts people’s religious sentiments.

Rupesh: Thank god, at least you show disagreement somewhere.

Dhanush: I always do when something is wrong.

Rupesh: A. Raja gave this speech just after PM Modi criticised DMK. He also responded to Modi in his speech.

Dhanush: What did he respond to Modi?

Rupesh: So, Modi said in his speech, predicting DMK’s future after polls. He said something like DMK will end after the election. This means Modi was saying that BJP will win the election. and in response to Modi’s speech A. Raja said “You(Modi) have said that DMK will not exist after the polls. If DMK is not there after the polls, India also won’t be there. Remember that! Are you playing with words?” see, he unnecessarily giving controversial comments.

Dhunash takes his phone out of his pocket to check the exact statement.

Rupesh: yeah, do cross-check.

Dhanush: No, I want to read his exact statement.

While reading A. Raja’s remarks from the article, Dhanush said, “So, as I can see, he was saying that if BJP returns to power, India will cease to exist.”His exact statement is “Why I am saying India will not be here? Because if you return to power, India will not be here, because the Indian constitution will not be here. If India fails to exist, Tamil Nadu will become a separate entity. Do we wish that scenario?”

 Rupesh: you are clarifying his comments as if you are his party’s person.

Dhanush: No, I am neither his party’s person nor the supporter. I am just stating the fact. This is politics, and politicians better know how to use words and manipulate people to vote in their party’s favour. And when they say things like A. Raja said there are people in the political realm to criticize them. For example, the BJP is strongly criticizing A. Raja and DMK. Not only the BJP but also DMK’s political alliance, the Congress and the RJD, are also criticising A. Raja’s remarks. Tejashwi Yadav said that it was A raja’s personal opinion and it had nothing to do with the alliance. See, we don’t need to waste our energy on this. We should avoid talking about this topic. Every time an election comes, this happens and politicians bring common people into this for a vote bank.

 Rupesh: Yes, you are right. Sorry if I said anything rude.

 Dhanush: No, you didn’t. Now, Let’s end this and go out to eat something.

 Rupesh: let’s go.


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FAQ

1. What did A. Raja say about India?

Raja stated, “One country means one language, one culture, one tradition. India was not a country but a subcontinent. Here, Tamil Nadu is a country, with one language, and one culture. Malayalam is another language and culture… Keeping them all together is what made India — this makes India a subcontinent, not a country.”

2. What was A. Raja’s remark on ‘ram’?

Raja’s remark on ‘Lord Ram’ was in the context of the Bilkis Bano gangrape case, where convicts were chanting “jai shri ram” after their release. He said, “If this is the god you are talking about if this is your ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, we will never accept your ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata’. Tamil Nadu cannot accept that. You go and tell everyone that we are enemies of Lord Ram.”

3. What did A. Raja say about PM Modi?

Raja responded to PM Modi’s statement predicting the end of DMK after the polls. He retorted by saying, “You(Modi) have said that DMK will not exist after the polls. If DMK is not there after the polls, India also won’t be there. Remember that! Are you playing with words?”

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