The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to redefine Hindutva. The apex court said that it won’t examine the larger issue of whether Hindutva means Hindu religion and whether it is okay to use Hindutva in elections.
In a 1995 judgment, the highest court of law had defined Hindutva as a way of life and not a religion. Activist Teesta Setalvad had pleaded the top court to reconsider the judgement. Setalvad had not only asked the court to redefine Hindutva but also sought a ban on the use of the term in elections. However, the apex court said it won’t reconsider the 1995 judgment.
The 1990 plea in the Supreme Court is related to Maharashtra Assembly elections in which candidates of Shiv Sena and BJP allegedly used two speeches of Bal Thackeray and Pramod Mahajan. Both leaders had allegedly asked people to vote in the name of Hindutva and Hindu Rashtra. While several petitions were filed against Shiv Sena and BJP candidates, they were rejected by the Bombay High Court earlier.