Kodagu: Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde who is infamous for making controversial statements on Sunday said that ‘if a Hindu girl is touched by any hand, then that hand should not exist.’ Hedge added, “We have to rethink about priorities of our society. We shouldn’t think of caste.”

Stating that Hinduism is in danger, Hedge stressed that Hindus shouldn’t discriminate regarding castes and should cut any hand that touches a Hindu girl.

In 2018, Hedge had kicked off a storm after he said that intellectuals don’t understand the meaning of ‘Antar Atma’. He had said that for such people (intellectuals) there was no difference between a living human and a dead body.

“So-called intellectuals don’t understand ‘Antar Atma’, for them there is no difference between a living human and a dead body as both have same body parts. These people think fulfilling the needs of the human body is only what life is all about. For intellectuals, life was all about fulfilling the needs of the human body.”

Back in 2017, Hegde had made a controversial statement after he said that his party, the ruling BJP, will “soon change the Constitution”, which mentions the word “secular”.

“Some people say the Constitution says secular and you must accept it. We will respect the Constitution, but the Constitution has changed several times and it will change in the future too. We are here to change the Constitution and we’ll change it,” he had said.

The minister had also urged people to “claim with pride that they are Muslim, Christian, Lingayat, Brahmin, or a Hindu”, adding, “Those who, without knowing about their parental blood, call themselves secular, they don’t have their own identity…They don’t know about their parentage, but they are intellectuals.”