Nagpur: Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday that Hindutva means tolerance. The BJP leader’s statement comes in the context of former Vice President Hamid Ansari’s statement in which he said a day earlier that Indian society had fallen prey to two epidemics – religious bigotry and aggressive nationalism – before the Corona virus crisis.
On a question asked in relation to Ansari’s statement, Fadnavis said, “Hindutva has never been staunch (ideology). It has always been tolerant. Hindutva is an ancient way of life in this country. Hindus have never attacked anyone or any country or any state. “Former Chief Minister Fadnavis said that Hinduism has always taught tolerance and because of this people of different creeds and castes have lived peacefully in India.
In response to a question about the reopening of schools for 9th to 12th classes in some cities of Maharashtra amid Corona virus epidemic, the Leader of the Opposition called for serious consideration. He said, “The state government should take into account the experience of other states, where the cases of corona virus increased after the reopening of schools.”
Hamid Ansari said this on the occasion of the digital release of senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s new book ‘The Battle of Belonging’. According to him, even in a short span of four years, India has come from the basic perspective of a liberal nationalism to a new political vision of cultural nationalism which has become firmly established in the public domain.
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