A proposal in the Indian parliament would make Hinduism a national religion and make all Hindu-owned businesses a national economic sector.
Hinduism is an ancient religion of Hinduism and the world’s largest religion.
It is also one of the fastest-growing religions.
The proposed legislation, if passed, would give all Hindu businesses, including the state-owned banks, government-owned utilities and temples, the right to operate under the “federal” designation and to receive tax benefits and preferential treatment under the state government.
“The Indian constitution guarantees all citizens the freedom of religion, but this right has been very limited,” said Raja Prakash, the executive director of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), a non-governmental organisation that promotes history and heritage.
“A constitutional guarantee is the only way to guarantee that all Indians have the same rights.
This means all citizens must be given equal rights to pursue their religion.”
The proposal, which was introduced by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is being strongly opposed by the main opposition Congress party, which has already called for a separate Hindu-majority state.
Hindus make up around two-thirds of the population of India, but account for less than 1% of the country’s estimated 12.5 billion people.
“If we are going to achieve the goal of India becoming a modern democracy, it must also be a country where people feel equal and have equal rights,” said Gaurav Gupta, a member of the ruling Bharatiyan Janata party.
In a speech on Tuesday, Modi promised to protect Hindus from the threat of religious extremism, arguing that Hinduism is the oldest, most peaceful and progressive religion.
“All religions and all beliefs must be recognised as part of India,” he said.
“This means that Hindus must be treated equally and treated as equals.”
He has also said that all religions will have equal opportunities and rights.
But opposition parties have said that granting Hinduism federal status would give it special privileges.
“When people say that India should be a secular state, what they mean is that we should treat Hindus equally, and treat Muslims and Sikhs equally,” said Ajay Khanna, a BJP member of parliament from the western state of Gujarat.
India has a mixed history of Hindu-Muslim violence.
Muslims have long been persecuted and minorities have faced systematic discrimination.
In 2015, an attack on a mosque in the eastern city of Ahmedabad by Muslims led to a wave of attacks across the country, including attacks on Hindu temples, churches and synagogues.