Mr. Yogi Adityanath the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, praised the “Hindu Rashtra” theory on Thursday, stating that as long as it advances the objectives of the populace and nation, there is nothing problematic with it.
In a lawfully secular democracy of 1.2 billion people of various faiths, right-wing groups led by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have been promoting the idea of turning India into a Hindu nation. This is a hotly contested idea.
He asserted that as long as establishing a Hindu nation improved people’s lives and offered them joy, nobody should find it objectionable.
The BJP justified Yogi’s remarks by noting that the CM had not stated anything incorrect.
Adityanath, a five-term parliament member and the top monk of the “Gorakhnath mutt in Gorakhpur,” was chosen as chief minister last month after the BJP and its supporters won an extraordinary 325 seats in the state’s assembly polls in February and March.
But according to the Sangh, the Hindu nation theory is more in line with the name of the nation, which refers to a broad social activity rather than a narrowly defined religion: Hindustan.
After the highest-ranking committee of the RSS met in Lucknow in 2014, RSS leader Bhaiyyaji Joshi declared that “individuals who reside in Hindustan are Hindus.”
His remarks serve as a reflection of the RSS’s belief that it wants to be supported.
In order to convey his thesis, former RSS leader Mr. KS Sudarshan cited a 1977 editorial from “Saptahik Hindustan.” He cited a story in which the “Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid” was questioned about his Hindu identity in Mecca because “all Hindustanis were termed Hindus” in Saudi Arabia.
India has 150 million Muslims, a majority-Hindu population, as well as sizable Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, and Jains populations.
The argument over the right wing’s push for a Hindu nation was reignited by the BJP’s resounding electoral victory in Uttar Pradesh, the state with the most people in the nation and a sizable Muslim component.