Hindutva: Blasphemy or a Blessing?

Hindutva is the political ideology of Narendra Modi, who is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Hindutva promotes Hindu nationalism in India, and the BJP has adopted Hindutva as its ideology since 1989, but it has retracted from the original term “Hindutva,” coined by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in 1923. This article will examine how Hindutva has changed in the past century and the effects this change has had on the different faiths and people that occupy India.

Narendra Modi is a man who has been making headlines in recent months, not for his shining contributions to India, but rather for accusations of genocide and his push for a Hindu nationalistic policy known as Hindutva. With the repeal of Article 370 and the backing of United States President Donald Trump, Modi has been attempting to push into Kashmir and stop Pakistani control, but at what cost? Muslims in the region, a startling majority compared to the number of Hindus, are fighting against Modi’s blatant Islamophobia and are taking a stand for a Kashmir undiluted by Modi’s beliefs. A Kashmir where, above all else, they are free to have their Constitution back, something that was banished with the repeal of the Article.

People protesting in Kashmir, calling Modi’s methods undemocratic, urging people to “Stand with Kashmir.” Shantanu Saha/Billy Penn.

But the Kashmir crisis is only one example of the effects Hindutva has had on India and its surrounding nations. Roils of panic are crashing throughout the Indian subcontinent, and a serious question needs to be raised: Is Hindutva having a negative effect on the democratic and inclusive ideals of the nation?

Gandhi’s Ideals and the BJP

When Mahatma Gandhi led the revolution and freed India in 1947, he had a dream for an India that was inclusive of everyone. After the British suppressed Indians for years, he pushed for democracy and the inclusion of all faiths. Now people worry that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) threatens these principles, while others believe Hindutva is saving th