BJP MP Venkaiah Naidu has said that Hinduism should be seen as the “fourth pillar of Indian civilisation”, after Christianity, Islam and Buddhism.
“The country has to realise that the country cannot survive without Hindus,” he said at a seminar organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Ahmedabad.
“It cannot survive in the present economic situation without Hinduism.”
Naidu, who was the minister of state for religion in the NDA government, was speaking at the conference organised by Vishnu Hinduism, a non-profit organisation in Ahmedabhatti.
The event was organised by Bhim Rao, a member of the organisation’s advisory council.
Naidus BJP’s manifesto in Gujarat is based on the Hindutva brand of Hinduism.
It has also pledged to protect the culture and heritage of the nation.