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Nov 05, 2012 at 11:05am IST

Dawood Ibrahim's IQ level almost same as Swami Vivekananda's: Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari may have meant well but his remark is bound to raise a few eyebrows. At a meet, while trying to explain that gender discrimination is unfair and that people should be judged only on the basis of their qualities, Gadkari made an unlikely comparison between Swami Vivekananda and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Gadkari said, "As per psychology, if we compare the IQ level of Swami Vivekananda and that of Dawood Ibrahim, it could have almost been the same. But Vivekananda used it in nation building, brotherhood and spiritualism while Dawood used that in excelling in the crime world."

While the intentions may have been clear, the statement could stir up a controversy within the party itself that sees Swami Vivekananda as one of its chief inspirations.

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