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To attract youth,Gadkari seeks new Hindutva idiom

BJP president Nitin Gadkari stressed on the need for a modern idiom to articulate Hindutva for the youth.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
March 23, 2010 2:22:22 am

BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Monday stressed on the need for a modern idiom to articulate Hindutva for the youth,even as he said that the Supreme Court’s 1995 description of Hindutva (wherein it described it as “a way of life”) must be the touchstone while explaining the idea.

“Hindutva cannot become any political party’s agenda,” Gadkari said by way of explaining that it was “more of a way of life”. This was the first time he spoke at length on Hindutva after taking over as party president.

“From Vivekananda to the Supreme Court definition,the idea of Hindutva has been variously discussed. Hindutva is not against any religion. While Hindutva is our philosophy,there’s a need to employ a new idiom to articulate it to connect with the youth,” Gadkari said while speaking on “Hindutva and Politics” at a function to mark the launch of an association of volunteers “that will promote the BJP among the youth”.

“Our credo has always been ‘justice for all; appeasement of none’. A true Hindu can never attack a Muslim,and a true Muslim can never attack a Hindu. A terrorist,on the other hand,has no religion,caste,or creed. It’s the pseudo-secular brigade that has unduly highlighted the religion of terrorists who happened to be Muslims,” said Gadkari.

The BJP president said that while a “democracy would always need truly secular institutions”,individuals “can never become secular”. After taking over as the party president,Gadkari has attempted to bring about certain changes in the organisation,something that won the approval of RSS ideologue M G Vaidya.

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