Gadkari laments image of Hindutva overshadowed real meaning
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Last Updated: Monday, March 22, 2010, 23:09
New Delhi: Terming Hindutva as the "spirit" of BJP, party President Nitin Gadkari on Monday said it cannot be a subject of political debate and lamented that its image had overshadowed its real meaning.

"Whether someone likes it or not, the subject has been a matter of debate for the last 40 years in politics. I feel people should know the reality (of what Hindutva means) after serious thinking.

"It is a tragedy of image versus reality. Letters can change but not the spirit. Hindutva is our philosophy, it is our spirit... which cannot change," Gadkari said during the 'dedication ceremony' of over 100 professionals as volunteers for the BJP.

The function was followed by a talk on 'politics and Hindutva' in which Gadkari said Hindutva cannot be a subject of political debate and it can never be an agenda for any political party.

He termed as "propaganda" that Hindutva was against Muslims and said people were "misrepresenting" the facts to further their vested interests.

Maintaining that BJP was in favour of equality in social and economic spheres for all, he said "We believe in the philosophy of 'vasudev kutumbhkam' (world is one family)."

Gadkari alleged that "pseudo secularists" were deliberately attaching religion with a terrorist and said the term 'secularism' is now being used for minority appeasement.

"... terrorist has no creed, caste or religion. A god fearing Hindu will not kill an innocent Muslim and similarly, a god fearing Muslim will not kill an innocent Hindu, and if he is doing so, then he is a terrorist who does not belong to any religion," he said.


First Published: Monday, March 22, 2010, 23:09

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