Supreme Court says it will not go into larger debate on Hindutva, 1995 judgment to stand

"We will not go into the larger debate as to what is Hindutva or what is its meaning. We will not re-consider the 1995 judgment and also not examine Hindutva or religion at this stage," a seven-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur said.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 25, 2016 2:56 pm
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The Supreme Court, which is hearing a contentious matter relating to electoral malpractices arising out of its 1995 judgment, popularly known as the ‘Hindutva’ verdict, today said it would not examine the issue of religion at this stage.

“We will not go into the larger debate as to what is Hindutva or what is its meaning. We will not re-consider the 1995 judgment and also not examine Hindutva or religion at this stage,” a seven-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur said.

“At this stage, we will confine ourselves to the issue raised before us in the reference. In the reference, there is no mention of the word ‘Hindutva’. If anybody will show that there is a reference to the word ‘Hindutva’, we will hear him. We will not go into Hindutva at this stage,” the bench, which also comprised Justices M B Lokur, S A Bobde, A K Goel, U U Lalit, D Y Chandrachud and L Nageshwar Rao, said.

The remarks were made by the bench when, at the outset of the hearing, some advocates sought to intervene in the ongoing hearing which commenced last Tuesday.

Last week, social activist Teesta Setalvad had sought to intervene in the matter with an application stating that religion and politics should not be mixed and a direction be passed to de-link religion from politics.

After making the remarks, the bench resumed the hearing with senior advocate Shyam Divan continuing with his submissions.

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First Published on: October 25, 2016 1:39 pm
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    indian
    Oct 25, 2016 at 12:21 pm
    Sense prevails.
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      Pmp
      Oct 25, 2016 at 10:55 am
      Some in the legal profession like TS use their resources to block every forward looking legislation ad infinitum and are supported by their covert friends in politics to continue keeping mes illiterate and consequently poor.This helps them continuing their inept rule.
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        Gopi
        Oct 25, 2016 at 11:02 am
        Thakur will soon be appointed as Cheap Justice of India.
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          Vish
          Oct 25, 2016 at 1:48 pm
          It was Dr. Radhakrishnan who wrote a book highlighting ' Hinduism a way of life'. SC does itself some credit in giving out a highly sensible view, without playing to the dirty gallery.
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            Tmz
            Oct 25, 2016 at 11:03 am
            T S Thakur's boss is Shri Bugger Bagawat.
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              Amarnath
              Oct 25, 2016 at 1:13 pm
              If its exists why do you need someone's confirmation.
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                Ganags
                Oct 25, 2016 at 10:10 am
                Courts are also shirking its responsibility. Amazing to see in some case court show extreme urgency - Yakub Menon while other important matters Rajm Janambhumi, Delhi Govt Keju appeal to linger decades. Wah re India
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                  Dash
                  Oct 25, 2016 at 12:54 pm
                  Hindutva is a way of life. It will remain so. This is more than a religion. It accepts all. It is the soul of this nation. Sanatan Dharma is the solution to vafious problems that the lt;br/gt;world faces today.
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                    badpikachu
                    Oct 26, 2016 at 11:08 am
                    What is AIMIM doing? How many non Muslim candidates have they fielded?
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                      rameshwar dad
                      Oct 26, 2016 at 12:54 am
                      She is trying to divert the cases and investigations against her and her trust for irregularities in use of fund for social cause. Otherwise why she enter in this debate? However reply has been made by SC to every one who want to create vote bank. But the question arises on the Muslim community which remains uneducated and used as vote bank from different parties and bring them out of the main stream. They must think over it.
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                        Harold
                        Oct 25, 2016 at 12:28 pm
                        Make teesta CJI , Let her marry four persons more , Then SHe will bring nobel prize for the Indians
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                          JMG
                          Oct 25, 2016 at 11:00 am
                          Justice Thakur is a low level WORKER OF BJP.
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                            rajkal
                            Oct 25, 2016 at 10:10 am
                            If you can't convince them Confuse them.
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                              Manzoor
                              Oct 25, 2016 at 1:24 pm
                              But tell me one thing, what hindutva BJP/R-S-S is demonstrating is really a Santana Dharma or simply politics in the name of religion.
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                                Mohan
                                Oct 25, 2016 at 10:16 am
                                The first 2 are engaged in conversion !
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                                  Parth Garg
                                  Oct 25, 2016 at 8:24 am
                                  The Hon Court should made it clear as to what it means by "We will not go into the larger debate as to what is Hindutva or what is its meaning.AT THIS STAGE".
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                                    Pradeep Phadke
                                    Oct 25, 2016 at 9:17 am
                                    So, it is clear from the pronouncement by SC bench that Hindutva refers to culture and not Hinduism. By implication it means that one can talk of Hindutva and that will not be a corrupt practice under the Election Commission regulations.It is a victory for parties like BJP, SS.
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                                      Pradeep Phadke
                                      Oct 25, 2016 at 12:16 pm
                                      There already exist all itvas. Let them talk about it during elections.
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                                        Thomas George
                                        Oct 25, 2016 at 9:44 am
                                        So, can there be Islamitva, Christutva, Sikhithva etc which captures only the cultural nuances?
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                                          Vinayak Upadhyaya
                                          Oct 25, 2016 at 2:58 pm
                                          It is Hindu way of life that different religious groups and sects in India are actively working not like muslim countries which have destro their old culture and prohibited other religious minorities . In stan in 1947 Hindus and sikhs were about 28% of potion but after parion they were so terrorised that at present they are only 1% of total potion. In Indian kashmir in 1947 there were about 15% Hindu potion in valley, they were kicked out by muslims and today their potion is negligible .
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                                            Vinayak Upadhyaya
                                            Oct 25, 2016 at 3:12 pm
                                            Teesta Setalvad who has married to a Muslim man and after marriage she has abandoned her Hindu way of life and behaving like a member of muslim league . Many Teesta Setalvad type persons were fully supported by UPA regime and some out side anti India forces.
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