Nationalist Hindus must be fired by the passion of transforming this nation of Hindus into a Hindu nation, into a Hindu rashtra. And this cannot be achieved by aspiring to becoming a vote bank; this can be achieved only by aspiring for Hindu state power or Hindu ?rajya?. Had Hindus achieved self-conscious Hindu state power, the issue of Ramjanmabhumi would not continue to be a festering wound in the Hindu psyche, Hindu polity would not have permitted cow slaughter in any part of the territory of this nation, our temples would not be controlled by non-Hindu and anti-Hindu politicians, no petty politician would have dared to arrest and incarcerate venerable Hindu religious leaders, the statue of a rabid anti-Hindu iconoclast would not have been allowed to be planted in front of a hoary Hindu temple, a European professing a religion alien to this soil would not have been allowed the social and political space to aspire for high constitutional posts; and above all, alien religions would not have been permitted unbridled license to alter the character and religious demography of the Hindu rashtra.
The answer to Hindu political disempowerment is not for Hindus to become a vote bank but to control and wield state power.
(The writer is director VIGIL, Chennai and a well-known author.)