On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi came under fire on social media after he said that Hindus have never been involved in acts of terrorism.
Speaking at a rally in Wardha, Modi slammed Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's decision to contest elections from Wayanad seat in Kerala as well as from Amethi. He said that the reason Gandhi was contesting from a so-called minority-dominated constituency was because he was scared of Hindus.
He went on to blame the Congress for using the 'Hindu terror' card in the past to mobilise votes.
"Hindus are known for peace and brotherhood. Nowhere in history will you find they're involved in such terrorist activities..." he said. He added that even the British did not list Indians as "terrorists".
However, the statement did not go down very well with Twitterati who are ever-ready to fact-check politicians and leaders, even the Prime Minister.
Taking to Twitter, many wrote that it was not true and that there was at least one known Hindu terrorist — Nathuram Godse — the man who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi.
On January 30, 1948, Godse, an adherent of the extreme right, member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and a critic of Gandhi's secular policies, walked up to the leader and shot him three times in the chest from point-blank range. Godse was hanged for the assassination in 1949.
And Twitter was only too keen to remind everyone, including the PM.
“Terror has no religion. But since you asked, prime minister, do not forget the most heinous terrorist in independent India”: ‘The Telegraph’ reminds @narendramodi of Nathuram Godse after PM asks: “Is there a single incident in history of Hindus engaging in terrorism?” @ttindia pic.twitter.com/ypyvMx1U4p — churumuri (@churumuri) April 2, 2019
So you are defending Nathuram Godse who killed Father of Nation? — PresidentEvil (@Sodium266) April 2, 2019
"Hey Ram"! These were the final words of Gandhiji when three bullets were fired at him by Nathuram Godse (Hindu) from 9mm Beretta, automatic pistol. Nathuram Godse was a Hindu & a Terrorist. He killed the Father of Nation - #Gandhiji#IndianHistoryFacts @ttindia pic.twitter.com/j3lTuriuJd — Ashish Joshi (@acjoshi) April 2, 2019
Modiji scores another self goal: "History shows not a single hindu involved in terror" Oh my Godse Perhaps, this lesson was not mentioned in ENTIRE POLITICAL SCIENCE but in history books, it is mentioned Nathuram Godse is a Hindu Terrorrist Hey NaMo thoda padliya hota pic.twitter.com/rvlyYGu5VZ — Desi Bhai | Rafale Wale (@DesiPoliticks) April 2, 2019
Some, however, defended the Prime Minister.
Using Godse's identity as a Hindu is an old pretext by leftists to pedal the myth of Hindu terrorism. But truth is Godse himself called it a assassination for political reasons. Unlike terrorists world over who explicitly declare it "jihad" for "Allah" against cow piss drinkers https://t.co/tMHCRYk0YE— Monica (@TrulyMonica) April 2, 2019
And some pointed out the whole idea of terrorism having no religion.
You all can fight whole day to say Terrorism has no religion and the same way Modiji said even Hindus are not so...then whats eating u up liberals!!— Aarohi Tripathy 🇮🇳 (@aarohi_vns) April 2, 2019