Origin Of Hindu Rashtra

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Hindu Rashtra is one of the most complex and misunderstood concepts of modern India. Intellectuals and opinion makers had divergent beliefs on this issue. There has been a historical lineage as well as modern understanding and that’s why it is a very widely debated hot topic on various print as well as visual media. It is often believed that the concept of Hindu Rashtra is the creation of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Sangh parivar. However, the concept is not a creation of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Traces of the concept of Hindu Rashtra can be seen from the Vedic times. Great leaders like Swami Vivekananda, Aurobindo Ghose, and Veer Savarkar have asserted India as Hindu Rashtra. Intellectuals form the west like Dr. Annie Besant has also acknowledged the concept of Hindu rashtra. The origin of the idea of the Hindu Rashtra lies in the mid to late nineteenth century, in the British colonial period and is connected with the names of Vivekananda, Dayanand Saraswati and Aurobindo Ghose. But it must be noted that it is highly problematic to trace the historical origins of Hindu nationalism since Hindu nationalism itself claims legitimacy in the writings of this period. Vivekananda has thus for example become a crucial icon of the Hindu nationalist discourse, though the Ramakrishna Mission he founded has distanced itself from the Hindu nationalism. But the birth of Hindutva itself can be dated from 1920s when the founding text of Hindu nationalism and a definition

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