Thackeray said, "On one hand they read Hanuman Chalisa and on other hand, they go to mosques & listen Qawali, is this their Hindutva?"
The BJP seems to be changing its Hindutva model strategy and is focussing more on folk Gods in poll-bound Rajasthan.
The idea of nationality as a marker of belonging emanating from one’s ancestral land is neither new nor unique.
There are about 1.2 billion Hindus in the world. India, which has a population of 1.4 billion, has 80 per cent of its population Hindu. This means that there are 1.1 billion Hindus in India or 93 per cent of the global Hindu population.
Underscoring Hindutva, propagation of which has catapulted it to power at the Centre, the game plan will be practiced with visits to various temples in the city. The visits to the deities will be without flags sending a message to its core support base, it was learnt from party sources.
The development came on a day when another Congress stalwart Salman Khurshid’s book on Hindutva and Ayodhya stirred a hornet’s nest by likening forces of ‘Hindutva’ to the dreaded terror outfit ISIS.
The BJP's strategy provides a good model. There is only one Hindutva party in India. All Hindutva forces are together, from the BJP to the Bajrang Dal. The Congress, by contrast, allowed itself to be splintered again, thus fragmenting secular politics.
Sharad Pawar said that everyone has respect for Savarkar and his contribution to the freedom struggle, but not everyone agreed with some of his views.
The remarks by the BJP ally assume significance as they come after a vitriolic Delhi Assembly polls campaign in which some BJP leaders were rapped by the Election Commission for making inflammatory speeches.