Hindutva, a Sanskrit term, which
signifies the values that embody a follower of Hinduism, was formally
coined as a philosophy by the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh). Since
then, this has been a political ideology for many politicians.
The BJP and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) have also contributed to
the promotion of Hindutva as a political agenda with their aggressive
pursuance of the Ayodhya, Mathura and cow slaughter issues. The term has
come in for much flak from secular parties, who claim that it incites
communalism and hatred among the masses and also spreads a feeling of
insecurity among the minority communities.
Catastrophes like the Babri Masjid demolition, the infamous Gujarat
riots etc have further added to the negative connotations attached to