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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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The Supreme Court on Hindutva 1

The Supreme Court on Hindutva 1

(p.76) 10 The Supreme Court on Hindutva1

A.G. Noorani

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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

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