Upendra Bharti | HENB | Kathmandu : Influential Hindutva leader of ruling Bharatiya Janta Party and member of Rajya Sabha (Upper house of Indian Parliament) Dr. Subramanian Swamy has demanded to declare Nepal Hindu State as it before. Addressing three day international conference in Kathmandu held on 26-28 July, Dr. Swamy said that due to its geography and history, India and China must be positive to make Nepal Hindu State.
Jointly organized by World Hindu Association and World Hindu Federation, Dr. Swamy has left Nepal following addressing two day conference. Dr Swamy also took a darshan and offered puja to the world renowned Pashupatinath Temple with other delegates of Virat Hindustan Sangam (VHS) from India. He also paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli at his residence Baluwatar. He discussed the matter of mutual interest with Prime Minister Oli.
Dr Swami has suggested that Nepal should reinstate its ‘Hindu State’ status. For the cause, he put forth the following support:
- Vast majority of the Nepalese people follow Hinduism
- India is positive about Nepal becoming a ‘Hindu State’. China must not oppose it.
- If Nepal would become a Hindu State it would be respecting the sentiments of millions of Hindus worldwide.
In a meeting with Nepal PM K P Sharma Oli, Swamy reminded him of his ‘Brahmin roots’. He also proposed making Sanskrit compulsory in schools in Nepal for fortifying the roots of Hinduism. The statement comes at a time when the nation is being criticized for introducing Chinese in its schools.
There has been an increasing call for a Hindu State by India in the recent months – last month Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said ‘Nepal would rethink ‘secularism’ and consider reinstating Nepal as a Hindu State. According to sources, another leader of BJP and former member of Rajya Sabha Sabha Tarun Vijay, was reported to have held a separate meeting with PM Oli. Vijay is active in RSS for many years for Hindutva propagation.
The pressure coming from varied forms stems from India’s ruling party policies – a pro-Hinduism party. Nepal used to be a Hindu State prior to adopting secularism in 2007. In Nepal, the Hindu monarchy was abolished in 2006.
Interestingly, Dr Swamy or Tarun Vijay had no prior engagement with the pro-Hindu Rashtra Parties of the Himalayan Country like Rastriya Prajatantra PartyNepal (RPPN), Hindu Prajatantrik Party (HPP) or Shiv Sena Nepal (SSN).
Source : Hindu Existence