Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal on Saturday claimed India would be a Hindu nation by 2020 while by 2030 the entire world would be Hindu. Singhal also hailed the victory of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the 2014 general elections.
“I was at the Sai Baba Ashram where Sai Baba told me by 2020 the entire country will be Hindu and 2030 the entire world will be Hindu. I feel that revolution has started,” Singhal said at a programme for release of a book on the life and work of former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief KS Sudarshan.
It wasn’t however clear from Singhal’s statement whether by Hindu nation he meant population consisting of just Hindus or countries ruled by Hindu nationalist parties.
Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj was also present on the occasion.
Singhal, in his speech, also termed BJP’s win last year as one ending 800 years of slavery.
“This is not a modest revolution. It will not remain confined to India but present a new ideology before the world,” he added.
The VHP is an affiliate of BJP’s ideological mentor, the RSS, which had recently said in an article in its weekly ‘Organiser’ that those who are opposing BJP member Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman are anti-Hindu.
In the article, it is said that “only a mentally challenged will challenge Chauhan’s credentials.”