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Hindutva

political concept
(Redirected from Hindu nationalism)

Hindutva is a right-wing idea based on the following beliefs:

  • Believing that the entire Indian subcontinent (which includes countries other than India) is the homeland of the Hindus.
  • Seeing "Hindus" as those who believe India is their motherland (matribhumi) and holy land (punyabhumi).
  • Pointing out the history of oppression of Hindus by invaders like Muslims and Christians, and calling for the country to "reverse" the influences that came from these intrusions.
  • Opposing Communism for what many think is a weakening of Hindu culture or power. Calling on people to form a "Hindu Nation" (Hindu Rashtra).
  • Believing cow-killing in India should be banned.
  • Believing all students should have to learn Sanskrit.
  • Believing most modern science discoveries were known and described in the Vedas.

Hindutva is the central idea of the organizations which advocate Hindu nationalism.

Many people who support Hindutva speak of violence against Jihadis and Christian missionaries as a form of "self-defence".[1] As the Hindutva idea has grown more powerful over the years, many activists have been part in riots against each other's communities in India. [2] The Hindutva idea is sometimes called fascist[3] Although Hindutva is associated with Hinduism, most Hindus today are tolerant or "secular", and do not support Hindutva. But still "Hindutva drives the real politics in modern India"[4]. These tolerant Hindus describe the supporters of the Hindutva movement as "the Hindu anti-globalization". [5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Basu, Tapan Kumar (1993). Khaki shorts and saffron flags: a critique of the Hindu right. [New Delhi]: Orient Longman. p. 20. ISBN 0-86311-383-4.
  2. "The Truth behind riots in Bengal" [1]
  3. "The Fascism of Our Times" Social Scientist VOl 21 No.3-4, 1993, p.69[2]
  4. "Politics of Congress and BJP driven by Hindutva: Mehbooba Mufti - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  5. Fritz Blackwell (2004). India: A Global Studies Handbook. ABC-CLIO. pp. p126. ISBN 9781576073483.CS1 maint: extra text (link)