Proclaim India a Hindu state: Shiv Sena

Proclaim India a Hindu state: Shiv Sena

Mumbai, July 24 (IANS) Wondering how long attacks on security forces will go on in Kashmir, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday demanded that India be proclaimed a ‘Hindu state’.

“We have to decide now… enough of this ‘secular’ stuff. The only option left is to declare India a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ if attacks on Hindus have to be prevented,” Thackeray said in his annual birthday eve interview.

The first of the three-part interview was published on Sunday in the party mouthpieces Saamana (Marathi) and Dopaharka Saamana (Hindi) ahead of his 56th birthday on July 27.

Thackeray was speaking to the magazine’s Executive Editor and MP Sanjay Raut.

The Sena chief said: “If speaking about Hindutva is a crime, at least shed the false pretensions of secularism — as the country is now stuck between the two (Hindutva and secularism)

“When Hindus are being targeted and attacked, where are these secularists? What about the Sanatan Sanstha, which is being crushed like a snake? We don’t support them, but let the truth about the Sanatan Sanstha come out once and for all. Merely talking and labeling them will not serve the cause of justice,” Thackeray said.

Persons linked to the Sanstha have been accu­sed of involvement in the murder of rationalist and author Narendra Achyut Dabholkar in 2013 and leftwing author Govind Pansare in 2015.

Dwelling on a variety of issues, Thackeray said people were at a loss and don’t understand what’s going on in the country.

“Why is Jammu and Kashmir suddenly up in flames? Who’s responsible for this? Hindus were targeted by the Kashmiri youth on a warpath. The Amarnath Yatra was stopped, soldiers and police have been attacked without any fear and they (separatists) raise anti-India slogans. For how long will this go on?” Thackeray wondered.

The Sena leader compared the current situation in the country, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, as “foggy” — which he said was a matter of utmost concern for his party.

Thackeray lamented that the government at the Centre had changed but it has not benefited the common people, whose fate remains “foggy, uncertain and bleak” as was the case under the previous Congress-led government.

“But don’t think people are relaxed or have resigned to their fate. Last time, they uprooted the Congress from power. Even in recent elections in several states, the ruling party at the Centre (BJP) lost miserably,” Thackeray said in a veiled warning to its ally.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here