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RSS Chief's definition of Hindutva is although surprising but should be welcomed!
In a surprise development, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat took a departure from the earlier stand of Sagh Parivar when he said that cultural identity of all Indians irrespective of their religions is 'Hindutva'. This is definitely a very progressive and welcome development.

Earlier RSS' stand was that only the followers of Sanatan Dharma (Buddhist, Jain included) is only Hindu or belongs to Hinduism. Even they were referring that Hinduism is a religion synonymous with Sanatan Dharma. This was propagated toeing the line of British only to present other religions (especially Muslim) that they are not Indians rather foreigners. Such belief was always divisive.

It's well known that Hindu term itself is a foreign term (Persian). Hinduism is always a way of life or a culture that is practiced by all people beyond the river Sindhu! Supreme Court also gave verdict that Hinduism is a way of life. How Hindu/Hindustani/Indian/Bharatiya are synonymous along with Hindustan/India/Bharat is well explained by my earlier article 'Is it right or wrong to call India a Hindu state?' published in this website on 27th July 2014.

While I was wishing that from all quarters of our society positive people should come out and stop the divisive politics and definition, it's also my beyond imagination that RSS chief ever took such a stand making a departure from their age old stand. This is definitely a positive stand and people who want an inclusive and secured society must welcome the stand and endorse it!

The tag of religion to Hinduism or Hindutva is always divisive. If we remove the tag of religion from Hinduism and endorse its true meaning as a culture, then many differences would end. Hindutva can be accepted as Bharatiyata, which means all the people be it followers of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jain, Sikh, Parsi and even Jews who are sons of Bharat/India/Hind/Hindustan share one culture that's Hindutva/Bharatiyata!

Unfortunately when the RSS is now taking corrective action for an inclusive society, the great ISI (Indian Secular industry) is creating controversy to prove Hinduism a religion and not a culture. Naturally they are worried for divisive vote bank politics.

My simple question is for the people denouncing the progressive and inclusive statement of RSS chief who are bent upon to prove Hinduism is a religion 'Which scripture starting from Veda to epics and various Puranas refer Hindu as a religion? Even today which Mantra and shloka has a term Hindu Dharma?

Many Congress leaders commented that India is though known as Hindustan but not a Hindu nation. Right it can't be a Hindu nation unless you remove the tag of religion from Hinduism! Again as I said Hindu is a foreign word. Are all Indians not Bharatiya? Isn't Bharatiyata a culture? Oh..perhaps foreign terms are more appealing as it's divisive!

Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari even referred Constitution which says India is a union of states. Who denies it? What's relation to this term to call Hinduism a culture! Manish Tewari needs to visit History.

Hindustan as called by Persians and Arabs never was a single nation even up to British period. There was still some small nation either under monarchs or under French and Portuguese! But comprising all is known as Hindustan or Indian states or 'Bharat Varsha'.

British divided us (Undivided India/Akhand Bharat) defining our Indian culture in a divisive way shrinking it as a religion of majority. It's time now for corrective major. I although disagree to many of RSS ideologies but definitely I agree that Hindusim/Hindutva is a culture/ a way of life that believes in peaceful cohabitation of different faiths and followers greeting each other. This is the Hindutva we need at the moment. This would end all enmity and bitterness between different faith-followers despite part of same culture.

I wish Bhagwat is true to his assertion. At the same time I wish people should come out of narrow mindset and be a part in resurrecting the great Indian culture that believed 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' (the whole world is one family). 

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India is not a Hindu nation but a multi-religious nation. If India were a Hindu nation then all the people living in India would be believing in ancient scriptures of India like Vedas, Puranas, Shastras, Mahabharta, Ramayana etc. or at least one type of these scriptures or they would be believing in one God only or one God as well as other deities also and they would be believing in the various powers of God like rivers, oceans, trees etc. Thus Arya Samajis who believe in one God and Vedas, Sanatan Dharmis who believe in all the ancient scriptures of India, one God and various deities as well as powers of God, atheists and agnostics who believe in one of the Shastras which denies the existence of God or is silent about it, are Hindus. However, Muslims and Christians who believe in one God but not in the ancient scriptures of India, are not Hindus. Moreover, if Muslims and Christians were Hindus then Hindu Code Bill would have been applicable to them alongwith other Hindu civil laws but such is not the case. As this country is inhabited by not only Hindus but Muslims and Christians also, so it cannot be called a Hindu nation. Moreover, it is not a secular nation because in a secular nation, the State has nothing to do with religion but in India, many Hindu temples are administered by the Government and Government also makes laws about Sikh bodies like Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandak Committee also. Moreover, Indian Government gives Haj subsidy to Muslims which means that it is not a secular Government. Hence India is neither a Hindu nation nor is it a secular nation but it is a multi-religious nation.
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