Declare India a ‘Hindu Rashtra’, says Uddhav Thackeray

July 24, 2016 by  
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Mumbai, July 24, 2016: Amidst the ongoing tensions in Kashmir, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday demanded that India should be proclaimed a ‘Hindu state’.

“We have no other alternative but to declare India a Hindu Rashtra. Indians have been beating the drum of secularism loudly for long and Hindus have suffered enough in the (secularism) fold,” he said.

He also questioned the Centre’s handling of the Kashmir situation and accused BJP of “failing” Hindus, while noting that a “hazy situation” was prevalent in the country, News18 reported.

“Who is accountable for this (Kashmir situation)? Amaranth Yatra has been suspended, Hindus are being beaten, jawans attacked. Everyone had hoped that after a change in government, the scenario would change,” Thackeray said.

“‘Now onwards, Hindus will not be targeted’, this is what BJP, which is in power at the Centre as well as in the state (Kashmir), had asserted. But, Hindus are in trouble in the Valley,” claimed Uddhav.

Shiv Sena, the oldest political ally of the BJP, shares power with it at the Centre as well as in Maharashtra.

Drawing parallels with the tagline of a popular TV advertisement of a deodorant, he said, “Kya Chal Raha Hai? Fog Chal Raha hai” as he hit out at the central government. He added that a “hazy situation” is prevalent in the country.

“No one can understand what is happening and who is doing what. The dispensation has changed, but has the life of commoner got changed?” he asked.

Thackeray also said his party upheld the cause of Hindutva the best but its benefits were reaped by others also. “We took the brickbats and faced all the troubles (for Hindus)… but now others are enjoying (the benefits). For how long will this continue?” he asked.

Replying to a question, if he was hinting at Modi, the 56-year-old leader said, “I am talking about the political leadership of the country in total. Our Prime Minister visits all the states of the country, including Kashmir. But why he doesn’t stand behind the Kashmiri Hindus at this time (of crisis).”

– matters india

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