Hindu nationalism is a nationalist Ideology that sees the modern state of the Republic of India as a Hindu polity.


Hindu Rashtra seeks to preserve the Hindu heritage and opposes preferential treatment for Muslims and Christians. Although the concept of "Hindu Rashtra" has been used in slogans and pamphlets of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the main group that promotes this ideology, it has not been clearly and unambiguously defined in any of their literature.

The notion of "Hindu principles" (Hindutva) promoted by this group is intended to be inclusive of the multiple indigenous traditions of India, including Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. However these religions do not consider themselves to be Hindu.

Hindu nationalism has played a crucial role in the recent history of India and that of Hinduism.

Hindu reform movements

Various Hindu reform movements, led by Dayananda Saraswati, Swami Vivekananda and others, originated as a reaction to what was perceived as offensive propaganda of Christian missionaries and forcible conversion to Islam and Christianity.

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