Even today, there are many people who practise a Hindutva that is not articulated clearly even to themselves. Among them are both upper-caste and lower-caste Hindus and those who fit Savarkar’s definition of Hindutvavadi.
In their view, the cosmopolitan Congress leaders appear as escapists who not only can’t stand up to the Muslims but also pander to them for votes.… They don’t see this trait in the well-mannered Advani who inadvertently praised Jinnah. The person who briefly seemed to rival Modi was Arvind Kejriwal, who didn’t hesitate to be seen as a practising Hindu and posed for cameras with his bare, vibhuti-smeared body after a dip in the Ganga.…
Rahul Gandhi, with his liberal European mindset and a half-baked cosmopolitanism, speaking some Hindi but better English could not weather the storm of Hindutva. The low-caste leader from Gujarat became the ideal, like Shivaji, for Indians who had a deep-seated longing for kshatra qualities. He rekindled memories of Vivekananda. It was possible, in ancient India, for a lowcaste individual to become a ruler. A Shudra with his bravery could climb the caste ladder and become a Kshatriya. Shivaji was crowned like this.
I believe this egalitarian dream, so dear to many of us, is realised today in Modi: not because of the Sangh Parivar’s ideology but because of the environment created by Gandhi, Ambedkar and V P Singh. This environment became necessary for the Parivar as well.
From “Hindutva or Hind Swaraj”