NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath endorsed the Hindu Rashtra theory on Thursday, saying there’s nothing wrong with the concept if that serves the interests of the people and country.
Right-wing groups led by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have been pitching to make India a Hindu nation, a hugely debatable topic in a constitutionally secular country of 1.2 billion people of different faiths.
“Hindu Rashtra ki awadharna kahin galat nahi hai … desh ki full bench ki Supreme Court ne iss par apna aadesh jaari kiya hai yeh. Hindutva koi mat, koi majhab ya upasana vidhi nahi hai. Balki it’s a way of life (There is nothing wrong in the concept of Hindu Rashtra. The Supreme Court has defined Hinduism as a way of life.),” monk-politician Adityanath said in an interview to Doordarshan.
He said no one should have a problem in accepting a Hindu nation if such a move helped people live a better life and brought joy to them.
“For far too long we have been pseudo-seculars who frowned upon anything that is Hindu. What’s wrong in the CM’s statement? He said that he would follow the path of peace and progress. Hinduism has always stood for peace,” state BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.
The BJP formed the government in Uttar Pradesh last month and appointed Yogi Adityanath, a five-term parliamentarian and head priest of Gorakhnath mutt in Gorakhpur, as chief minister after winning an unprecedented 325 seats with its allies in the February-March assembly elections.