RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat recently said that Hindutva is a way of life which was twisted by media channels to best of their abilities and concluded as he wanted to make India a Hindu country.
Very recently, the hypocrisy of this fourth pillar of democracy got exposed in Meerut rape case. The media was least interested in covering the news of forced conversion in Madrassa.The RSS ideologue P Parmeswaran's comment that Bhagavad Gita be declared a national book was also shown in bad light.
Irony is media channel never throws light on the context in which particular statements are given. The thought behind the proclamations are never told to viewers.
Statement by Mohan Bhagwat
Now see what exactly has been said by RSS chief. He said that when inhabitants of Britain proudly call themselves British, Germany as Germans and USA as Americans then why people of Hindustan are not known as Hindus.
"The cultural identity of all Indians is Hindutva and the present inhabitants of the country are descendants of this great culture," Bhagwat said.
While speaking at the 'Golden Jubilee' function in Bhubaneswar, RSS chief said that in spite of having plenty of diversities within the country, Hindutva has kept India united since ancient days.
Media gave fodder to Opposition
Thanks to media, Opposition got an opportunity to take on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.Through RSS chief, secular parties even targeted BJP also.
Congress leader Manish Tewari advised Bhagwat that he should read Constitution where it is mentioned clearly that India is Bharat and Hindustan is nowhere cited.
"He should make it clear if he believes in it. In our Constitution, the country is Bharat not Hindustan", CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury said.
BSP Chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said, "When Ambedkar ji (Bhimrao Ambedkar) wrote the Constitution he kept in mind that our country comprises various religions and people follow them.
So the name Bharat was given, the word Hindustan was not used. The RSS chief does not have proper knowledge of the Constitution. He should learn that and then comment".
Hinduism is culture not religion
If we dig out the India's ancient history, the word Hindu was never meant to denote religion. The term ‘Hinduism' is nowhere mentioned in Vedas, Puranas and other Indian religious text.
In past, the Greeks, Persians and Arabs used this ‘Hindu' as geographic and cultural term. The inhabitants along the Sindhu River were called ‘Hindu' by Greeks and Persian explorers.
The reformist Savarkar first used this term Hindutva. According to him, "Hindus" are those who consider India to be their motherland, fatherland as well as their holy land, hence describing it purely in cultural terms.
Even RSS, biggest proponents of Hinduism writes, "The term Hindu in the conviction as well as in the constitution of the RSS is a cultural and civilizational concept and not a political or religious dogma. The term as a cultural concept will include and did always include all including Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains. The cultural nationality of India, in the conviction of the RSS, is Hindu and it was inclusive of all who are born and who have adopted Bharat as their Motherland, including Muslims, Christians and Parsis".
Former President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan writes, "Hinduism is not just a faith. It is the union of reason and intuition that cannot be defined, but is only to be experienced".
Bhagwat has reiterated SC's statement
Even Supreme Court in its judgement had said that the Hinduism is a way of life.
"Hindutva is understood as a way of life or a state of mind and is not to be equated with or understood as religious Hindu fundamentalism... it is a fallacy and an error of law to proceed on the assumption... that the use of words Hindutva or Hinduism per se depicts an attitude hostile to all persons practising any religion other than the Hindu religion... It may well be that these words are used in a speech to promote secularism or to emphasise the way of life of the Indian people and the Indian culture or ethos", a 1995 Supreme Court judgement said.
Hindus and Muslims are two arms of the country
Reading above fact it is proven now that Hinduism is not religion but a cultural identity of India. Bhagwat has used this term in that sense only. But as usual, Secular parties waste no time in exploiting this term to malign RSS and BJP. Whenever this topic is mentioned they use it to best of their effort in dividing Hindus and Muslims.
But Prime Minister Narendra Modi always emphasized that the Hindus and Muslims are two arms of the country. Both are equally important to grow as a nation. The truth of the matter is it's media which is creating this fallacy among people.