The Shiv Sena – an ally in the Centre and Maharashtra government – on Monday slammed the Centre over its stand in the United Nations that India is a secular country with no state religion.
The Sena in an editorial in party’s mouthpiece Saamana said it expected the Narendra Modi government to make the country a “Hindu Rashtra” (Hindu nation).
Last week, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who led the Indian delegation to the UN Human Rights Council, said, “India is a secular state with no state religion.”
He said the Indian Constitution guarantees freedom of religion to every individual.
“The people who we thought would transform India from a secular country into a Hindu are saying India doesn’t have a state religion. It is shocking,” it said in the editorial.
The editorial said other countries boast about their state religion, “Countries such as USA and Russia are Christian countries. Fifty-six countries are Islamic Republic. Countries like Japan, China, Sri Lanka are Buddhist nations. But there is no Hindu country on the world map.”
The editorial slammed the Modi government for “betraying” the trust of millions of Hindus. “The Bharatiya Janata Party got success across the country, especially in Uttar Pradesh only because of their Hindutatva agenda,” it said.