New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari has said that a terrorist has no religion and can”t be classified as a Hindu or a Muslim.
“It is unfortunate that we identify people involved with certain terrorist activities according to their religious affiliations,” said Gadkari, adding that a terrorist has no caste, creed or religion.
Gadkari further said, “A god fearing Hindu will not kill an innocent Muslim and similarly, a god fearing Muslim will not kill an innocent Hindu, and if he is doing so, then he is a terrorist who does not belong to any religion.”
The BJP President on Monday stressed on the need for a modern idiom to articulate ”Hindutva” for the youth, adding that the Supreme Court”s 1995 description of Hindutva must be the standard.
“Hindutva cannot become any political party”s agenda. It was more a way of life,” said Gadkari.
The Supreme Court of India in a judgement ruled that ”no precise meaning can be ascribed to the terms ”Hindu”, ”Hindutva” and ”Hinduism”; and no meaning in the abstract can confine it to the narrow limits of religion alone, excluding the content of Indian culture and heritage.
The Court also ruled that ”Hindutva” is understood as a way of life or a state of mind and is not to be equated with or understood as religious Hindu fundamentalism.