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The Supreme Court on Hindutva<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani

in CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTS

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.003.0076
The Supreme Court on Hindutva1

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The article examines the two judgments pronounced on 11 December 1995 by Justice J. S. Verma in the election appeals by Mr Bal Thackeray and Mr Manoj Joshi. Key features of the judgment caused concern regarding the future of secularism in India. Equating Hindutva with Hinduism, giving Hindutva a benign meaning, calling Hindutva the same as Indianization, etc. were unnecessary digressions from the facts of the case, and in doing so, the court may have brought down the wall separating religion and politics.

Keywords: Justice J. S. Verma; secularism; Hindutva; religion and politics

Chapter.  3118 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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