The Government should function for all people," the Congress MP said talking to UNI. He underscored that the Congress stands for inclusive nationalism. "I am not embarrassed to say that I am a Hindu, and I have a religion. I am a Hindu, and I am a nationalist but I am not a Hindu nationalist. I am an Indian nationalist,’’ he said.
Mr Tully in his talk with the Indian Express had suggested that the Congress should consider looking at the Gandhian model of nationalism to revive itself, and must find a place for religion in politics. He had also said that the Congress while talking about secularism, gave an impression that they were "anti-religion", whereas most Indian were religious. He said to Congress and its supporters "if you say anything about Hinduism, you are RSS." Disagreeing with this description of his party, Dr Tharoor said his party had always been a party of all religions, not of one religion. He pointed out that Gandhiji used to hold 'sarva dharma sabhasings at which devotional songs from all religions were sung. The Congress’s inclusive nationalism was different from the those who believed that one particular religious community was the sole proprietor of nationalism, Dr Tharoor said. (UNI)