Yesterday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Aditya Nath approved the Hindu Rastra theory proverbing that there is nothing erroneous with such a move if that serves the significance of the people and country. Right wings groups led by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh i.e. RSS have been plunging to make India a Hindu nation, an enormously debatable subject in a constitutionally secular country of 1.2 billion populace of dissimilar faiths.
Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh supposed in an discussion to Doordarshan that ‘ Hindu Rastra ki awardharna kahin galat nahi hae , deshk ki full bench ki Supreme Court ne iss par apna adesh jaari kia hae ki yeh, Hindutva koi mat ya koi majhab ya upasana vidhi nhi hae., balki it’s a way of life. It means that there is nothing incorrect in the Hindu Rastra perception and the Supreme Court has defined Hinduism as a way of life’. He also added that no one should have a difficulty in accepting a Hindu nation if such a shift helped people live an enhanced life and brought pleasure to them.
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The BJP shielded Yogi’s remarks saying that the chief minister had not alleged anything erroneous. Vijay Bahadur Pathak, state BJP general secretary alleged that ‘for far too long we have been pretending seculars who scowled upon anything that is Hindu. What is wrong in the CM’s statement? He alleged that he would pursue the path of peace and progress. Hinduism has for eternity stood for peace’.
Yogi Adityanath, a five-term parliamentarian and chief priest of Gorakhnath mutt in Gorakhpur was appointed chief minister prior month subsequent to the BJP won an unprecedented 325 seats with its associates in the February-March assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. He also added, responding to a question on negative reports in international media concerning his image of being a champion of Hindutva.
He also alleged that ‘My guide is the Modi government at the Centre and it’ my motivation. I will pursue that’. His Hindu Rastra line underlines the views of the RSS, the BJPs ideological mentor. The Sangh, on the other hand, clarifies that its Hindu nation theory has more to do with the country’s name Hindustan, a far-reaching social movement rather than a restricted religious concept. Bhaiyyaji Joshi, RSS leader had remarked subsequently to a meeting of the organization’s uppermost decision-making panel in Lucknow in 2014 that those living in ‘Hindustan are Hindus’. His comments are an expression of an admired RSS belief that it wants to be reinforced.
RSS leader Rakesh Sinha alleged that ‘there can be a novel mode of worship and that mode of worship cannot separate, reject, ridicule, the pre-religious status of a civilization, history, rational legacy of a nation. The Hindu rastra is a secular, democratic and a comprehensive concept’.
KS Sudarshan, previous RSS chief had mentioned a 1977 article from Saptahik Hindustan to make his end. He drew on a story that the Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid was inquired in Mecca if he was a Hindu as ‘all Hindustanis were called Hindu’ in Saudi Arabia. India is a Hindu mass country but comprises 150 million Muslims and large communities of Sikhs, Jains, Christians and Buddhists. The BJPs massive win election victory in Uttar Pradesh which is the country’s most packed state that has a sizable Muslim population renewed the debate over the right wing’s shove for a Hindu nation.
Over the years Yogi Adityanath has recognized himself as an agitator Hindutva leader and his most current anti-Muslim statement was a support of the United States President Donald Trump’s immigration ban on citizens from seven Muslim mass nations. Yogi Adityanath’s comments come even as he had cased a wrongdoing notice adjacent to National Conference spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu for supposed diffusion of hatred adjacent to the Bharatiya Janata Party. The lawful notice further supposed that Mattu’s comments were subversive in nature and sought regret from the party within two weeks.
Unfolding Yogi Adityanath as anti-Muslim, the NC leader had assumed that Adityanath is recognized for using intimidation and harassment as political artillery. ‘He has explicitly threatened Muslims of severe consequences and insulted them,’ alleged Mattu.