Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on Tuesday explained that the term “spiritual politics”, which he used while describing his upcoming political party, meant honest and secular politics.
Many have commented that the actor was being fronted by the Bharatiya Janata Party and that “spiritual politics” was nothing but rebranded Hindutuva (Hindu nationalism).
At a meeting with journalists, Rajinikanth said many revolutions have started in Tamil Nadu including Mahatma Gandhi’s decision to wear only dhoti and a shawl at Madurai in 1921.
The actor declined to comment on the name of his proposed party, saying he himself does not know. The Tamil film icon, who was once a bus conductor, said he had worked as a proof reader for two months in a monthly magazine.
Meanwhile, sidelined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader T.T.V. Dinakaran told reporters that spirituality was an individual’s choice and bringing that into politics would lead to wrong results.