This is the first article in the Hindutva Yatra series. Before we move on, we talk a little about our childhood. In our school days we had to take advantage of Indian languages as our curriculum. English was compulsory and Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil and other Indian languages were chosen by us according to our interest and accessibility. Now come to the exam time. There was a section in our language question paper which was called unread passage. In this section, an unread passage in some 500 to 1000 words was given as per the norms of various school boards. We had to write a summary and solve these unread passages with word limit, proper title and many other instructions. The term for the summary ranged from 100 to 150 words. We tried our best to write a brilliant summary within the given word limit. Whoever wrote the correct summary got the best score. But how was it determined who wrote the best summary? It was determined by the observer or checker who had the model summary and title. Whichever answer was closest to this model summary received the best score.
Now I come to my point on Hindutva.
The unread passage given to 1000 or more words is Sanatan and we are all students who have to pass. The model summary given for Sanatan is Hindutva. We know that many of us are not in a position to understand the whole Sanatan in this single life. It depends on our receptive power to become familiar with Sanatan Dharm. No one can claim to have complete knowledge of the great Sanatan. Our ancestors knew enough about this fact so they produced a set of model summaries that could relate Sanatan to a very common Hindu. This model set is Hindutva. Hindutva helps all of us to empower our ideological identity. Those who understand this summary well, without hesitation, proclaim themselves to be proud followers of Hindutva.
I will not describe Hindutva philosophically because the philosophy of Hindutva is not new to us. Hindutva was described by many great scholars like Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Chandranath Basu and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. But I will speak of the pride of Hindutva nurtured in the shadow of Sanatan Dharm.
Hindutva is a cultural identity as well as a unique form of nationalism. Hindutva is the core of the inter-relation between dharm and nation. Actually, it is impossible to separate the nation and dharm. Those who are secular ultimately stand on the other side against the majority. In such a situation, is it appropriate to separate the nation from dharm? This question was standing in front of Bharatvarsh for decades like Sursa, which was necessary for Bharatvarsh to come out. In such a situation some great thinkers suggested us the path which is in everyone’s interest. This is the path of Hindutva. Although Bharatvarsh has become a secular nation, Hindutva cannot be separated from its soul.
Now the question arises that what kind of problem do people who misinterpret Hindutva or denigrate Hindutva have? The answer can also be understood from the example with unread passage. There were also many students in our schools who did not understand even a single sentence of the given passage. In such a situation, these students used to print film songs and all the stories in the name of the summary of that passage. Now they were given zero numbers, but these students used to make the supervisor guilty by shouting. The same is the case with Hindutva. Those who do not have any knowledge of Sanatan or who want to deliberately erase Sanatan from the memory of Bharatvarsh, criticize Hindutva baselessly.
The Hindutva we live in is the lifestyle of the residents of Bharatvarsh, the left intellectuals and historians only dismiss it because Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, according to them, is the father of the idea of Hindutva when it is not. Hindutva existed even before Veer Savarkar. Veer Savarkar merely promoted Hindutva as a fundamental idea. By this, he wanted to awaken our sleeping consciousness.
The enemies of Bharatvarsh do not want to awaken our sleeping consciousness. For this reason, the effort to smear Hindutva continued by making the shield of Veer Savarkar continuously. But it is not so easy to fragment this nation. Hindutva is the great soul of Bharatvarsh and no shock will be tolerated on it.
In the next article of Hindutva Yatra, we will try to understand the difference between Hindutva and Hinduism. This is also an important aspect because Hinduism has been used consistently against Hindutva.
वन्दे मातरम ।।