Why ‘Hindutva’ is pinching ‘Shivbhakt’s’ party, asks VHP

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Why ‘Hindutva’ is pinching ‘Shivbhakt’s’ party, asks VHP
New Delhi. September 26, 2018. Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) today condemn the remarks made by the former prime minister & Congress leader Dr. Manmohan Singh against the 1995 Supreme Court Judgement describing “Hindutva is a way of life”. Expressing concern over the remarks, the Int’l working president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Shri Alok Kumar said that the chief of the Congress party is describing himself as ‘Shiv Bhakt” whereas its leaders are challenging the sanity on the Supreme Court in describing Hindutva as a way of life.
Dr. Manmohan Singh while delivering the second memorial lecture of Late Shri A B Bardhan has referred to the 1995 judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court describing “Hindutva is a way of life”. Dr. Singh is reported to have said that Justice Verma’s judgment virtually disturbed “a kind of constitutional sanity”.
Shri Alok Kumar said that the strong words by Dr. Singh against the judgment only show his frustration due to the rejection of his party in various elections. It is surprising that while one leader of his party is described as ‘Shivbhakt’ and the former Prime Minister is challenging the sanity on the Supreme Court in describing Hindutva as a way of life.
In making such remarks, Dr. Singh is completely out of sync with the views almost unanimously held by the respected philosophers and spiritual leaders including Dr. S. Radhakrishnan and Yogi Aurobindo. In making such comments Dr. Singh has exposed his lack of understanding of Indian Ethos and Values. The VHP condemns his remarks and holds that there is no occasion to review the judgment.
We also wonder that in 10 years when Dr. Singh was the Prime Minister, he never raised this question and did not take any step for the review of the said judgment. It is amusing that such aggression is only occasioned when he is in opposition, the VHP working president added.
Referring the other verdicts too, VHP said that it may be recalled that way back in 1966, the Supreme Court in the case of Shastri Yagnapurushdasji held, “When we think of the Hindu religion, we find it difficult, if not impossible, to define Hindu religion or even adequately describe it. Unlike other religions in the world, the Hindu religion does not claim anyone prophet; it does not worship anyone God; it does not subscribe to any one dogma; it does not believe in any one philosophic concept; it does not follow anyone set of religious rites or performances; in fact, it does not appear to satisfy the narrow traditional features of any religion or creed. It may broadly be described as a way of life and nothing more.”
Again in 2016, a seven-judge constitutional bench presided by Chief Justice T S Thakur declined the plea to review the 1995 Judgment.
As far as communication of the armed forces are concerned, Dr. Singh had himself expressed his willingness to know how many Muslims are there in the army.
VHP wishes to make it clear that creating such controversies in the build-up to 2019 General Elections shall not help the diminishing party but shall boomerang by the collective will of Indian people.

Issued by:

Vinod Bansal
National Spokesperson
Vishva Hindu Parishad
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