India has its own version of nationalism.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has long sought to redefine Hinduism as an “other” religion, a term that it has used to describe Muslims, Christians, and other non-Hindus.
Its new political agenda calls for an “anti-national” campaign.
The BJP has proposed a plan to define Hinduism in terms of other religions, such as Buddhism, Jainism, and Jain “pranayama” worship.
In the new plan, Hinduism is seen as a separate religion and therefore deserving of separate government and other protection.
Hinduism was once a monotheistic religion.
But after the British left India in 1947, its followers embraced other religions such as Islam, Buddhism, and Confucianism.
The new Hinduism will also embrace Christianity, which is seen by many Hindus as a “false religion.”
While the Bharatiyan Janata party (BJP) is attempting to revive Hinduism’s old name, some in India’s Hindu community are concerned about its continued embrace of other faiths, and their continued persecution of Muslims.
The New Delhi-based Hindu Council of India, which has a membership of about 200,000, has called for the BJP to “stop its offensive language and policies toward minorities and other religions.”
In its “State of India Report 2017,” the council noted that in 2015, the BJP won seats in more than 50 out of the 74 states in India, including the U.K., China, and Pakistan.
The council added that the BJP had also been able to form a coalition government in Uttar Pradesh and other states.
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A Hindu nationalist leader who was detained in Delhi for nearly a month for allegedly promoting religious hatred and intolerance, the Hindu nationalist group the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has been accused of stoking communal tensions by its repeated attacks on Muslims and Muslims in general.
Vishwa has been a major player in the communal riots of 2016 and 2017 that killed hundreds of people in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, and the ongoing riots in the state of Gujarat.
India’s Bharatiyah Janata Samiti, which holds about 70 million members, has also criticized the BJP’s policy, saying it has encouraged Hindu nationalism by giving subsidies to Hindu temples, and by “advocating for the use of religion in the education system.”
The New York Times reports that the RSS is attempting a similar strategy in India.
In a statement, the RSS wrote that it is “deeply concerned by the Hindu Nationalist Party’s continued use of a new name for the Hindu religion, Hindu-Jainism.”
It also called on the government to stop supporting the BJP.
“The BJP should stop its offensive rhetoric against Muslims, Hindu and Muslims alike, and its demonization of the Muslims of India,” the statement said.