Secularism

A sad betrayal

Print edition : February 03, 2017

Fifteen Dalit Christians at a "ghar wapsi" ceremony organised by the Hindu Munnani at Vellore in Tamil Nadu in 2016. Ghar wapsi programmes uphold the Hindutva ideology, which requires all communities to fall in line with the Hindu "way of life". Photo: The Hindu Archives

Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray often used religion to seek votes. Photo: VIVEK BENDRE

V.D. Savarkar, who was the first to propound the theory of Hindutva in his book of that name. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

M.S. Golwalkar was influenced by Sarvarkar's book. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Justice J.S. Verma. He upheld the theory of Hindutva as a way of life. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

It was under L.K. Advani's leadership that the BJP adopted the Hindutva. A file photograph of his 1990 Rath Yatra, entering Ayodhya. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Judgments given recently by the Supreme Court avoided ruling on whether advocacy of Hindutva vitiates an election. A larger bench should be constituted to decide on Hindutva for the sake of clarity and public confidence.
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