India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to reject Hindutva in the country and called for greater respect for the sacred Hinduism.
Modi, who was in India to attend the opening ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, said India’s political system and institutions have been shaped by Hinduism, which is sacred to millions of people around the world.
“There are a lot of people who have no religion and they are being persecuted.
I hope that Prime Minister Singh and the Indian people will not succumb to the Hindutvadis ideology, that’s what they are,” Modi said.”
When the prime minister of India has said he will not tolerate any form of HindutVadis, I think that the government will do everything to prevent it,” he added.
In his speech, Modi called on the nation to take the Hindustan Vikas Swami Sagar (Swami Sankaracharya) as the symbol of Hinduism and said he would “not tolerate” any form that he sees as Hindutvanism.
The PM said that his government will work to create a Hindu state in the world that has equal rights for everyone.
He also called for an end to casteism and caste-based violence and said that the next president of India should be an all-Hindu.
He said that he wanted to address the nation about the need for India to have a stronger economy and also on how we can take our economy to the next level.
He expressed hope that India will have a new wave of youth in the next two years and that the nation would not have to look for jobs because of caste.
The Modi government has been in power for the last seven years.