The Shiv Sena has demanded that India be declared a “Hindu Rashtra.”
“We have to decide now… enough of this ‘secular’ stuff. The only option left is to declare India a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ if attacks on Hindus have to be prevented,” Thackeray said in an interview to the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna on July 25.
Thackeray also hit out at the Centre over the situation in Kashmir and said that things for the common man hadn’t changed under the new government.
The Sena chief said: “If speaking about Hindutva is a crime, at least shed the false pretensions of secularism — as the country is now stuck between the two (Hindutva and secularism).”
He said attempts are being made to decimate Hindutva groups in the country, which he termed “strange”.
“The Hindus are in a majority, yet they are subjected to atrocities. They elected this government with the hope and confidence of improving their lot, but the same old story as before (Congress rule) continues,” Thackeray said.
“Why is Jammu and Kashmir suddenly up in flames? Who’s responsible for this? Hindus were targeted by the Kashmiri youth on the warpath. The Amarnath Yatra was stopped, soldiers and police have been attacked without any fear and they (separatists) raise anti-India slogans. For how long will this go on,” Thackeray wondered.
It’s high time all Hindus unite for the country, he emphasized.
To growing influence of ISIS, he said the government must get to the root of the problem and ferret out those behind the menace.