No rights for minorities in a Hindu Rashtra: Amnesty International

While comparing the Constitutions of various South East Asian countries with India, Aakar Patel, the managing director of Amnesty International India, indicated that if India indeed transformed into a Hindu Rashtra, it would be a volatile country like the others, where rights of the minorities would not be upheld.…

Coming to the concept of Hindu Rashtra, he said, “It is not only a political change, but also a cultural change that its propagators want.” Patel, while quoting Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, the second sarsanghachalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said that the concept was steeped in the caste system.…

However, he said, “For Golwalker, human beings were only Hindus under the caste-system – Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras.” Terming the Constitution as “great”, he said that Article 15 and 16 essentially banned classical Hinduism – in which untouchability was a prevalent practice.

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