The term is being very much bandied about in a very loose way.
By people across the spectrum.
So, it is necessary to have some clarity.
The following is an attempt in that direction.

Hindutva is a political ideology - linking itself to Hinduism, which
professes hatred and violence against the (adversial) "other", Muslims, in
particular, among others, geared to the final goal of "Hindu Rashtra".

Gandhi had popularised the Ramdhun (ref.: <>),
and it used to be sung in public prayer meetings conducted by him.
No one charged him of "Hindutva", not even of the "soft" variety.
In spite of his call for "Ram Rajya".

For that matter, nor a staunch Gandhian, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan's
volunteer force, "Khudai Khidmatgar" (Servants of Khuda), was ever deemed
an illustration of soft "Islamism".

So, affiliation with Hinduism is definitely a necessary but not even
remotely sufficient condition for being qualified as "Hindutva".

<<The politics of ‘Hindutva’ - a term first coined and popularised by V D
Savarkar in 1923, and later identified with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
(RSS) - an organisation launched in 1925 on the Vijayaa Dashami Day by one
Keshav Baliram Hedgewar to champion its cause, has a rather fascinating
But before trying to plot the trajectory of Hindutva, it is imperative to
keep in mind that the project of ’Hindutva’ is, in its essence, one of
building up mass mobilisation, geared to the task of forging a new “Hindu”
nation-state - out of the extant one through its appropriation and
negation, around a core ’majority’, propelled by whipped up feelings of
’insecurity, paranoia, hatred and aggression’ against an array of
’adversarial and menacing others’, both internal and external, by making
extensive and manipulative use of real and imaginary, past and contemporary
’history’ of fissures and conflicts. While religion is put to extensive and
intensive instrumentalist use in this task of militant, exclusionist,
majoritarian mobilisation, elements of (ultra)nationalism are also put to
good use by borrowing and (mis)appropriating the idioms and icons of
(widely accepted) mainstream (secular) nationalism, particularly (though
not exclusively) of its rightwing variety.>>

That's, btw, how I had tried to define "Hindutva". Ref.: 'Indian
Nationalism, Hindutva and the Bomb' at <>.

Here's an illustration (from Golwalkar):
<<To keep up the purity of the Race and its culture, Germany shocked the
world by her purging the country of the Semitic Races - the Jews. Race
pride at its highest has been manifested here. Germany has also shown how
well nigh impossible it is for Races and cultures, having differences going
to the root, to be assimilated into one united whole, a good lesson for us
in Hindustan to learn and profit by.[47] Ever since that evil day, when
Moslems first landed in Hindustan, right up to the present moment, the
Hindu Nation has been gallantly fighting on to take on these despoilers.
The Race Spirit has been awakening.>>
(Ref.: <>.)

And, for real time illustrations, one may like to look up: <>.


N.B.: Any feedback would be highly welcome.
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