Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s four-day visit to the United Kingdom and Germany from August 21 has been eventful. Packing in several events in these two countries, Gandhi made a number of statements that have resulted in mini-controversies.
At the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London on August 24, Gandhi compared the RSS, the Hindutva organisation, to the Muslim Brotherhood, a political Islamist group founded in 1928 in Egypt. He said that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh reminded him of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
The Muslim Brotherhood is the oldest political Islamist group in the Arab world. It is banned and declared as a terrorist organisation by the governments of several countries. “The RSS is trying to change the nature of India. Other parties haven’t tried to capture India’s institutions.
“The RSS’ idea is similar to the idea of Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world,” Gandhi said at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, a London-based think-tank.