It is common for not only Hindus themselves but even those opposing Hindus and Hinduism to conflate Hindutva with Hinduism. While in the former case it is more born out of ignorance, the latter is almost always born out of the need for a euphemism to clumsily mask a motivated hatred for all things Hindu. For instance to give just one example, one person in this comments thread gives the example of Paul Courtright and in a blanket statement paints all those who raised their voices against his fraudulent scholarship as Hindutva. To my knowledge, those that I know of, who raised their voices against Courtright did so in a very erudite manner. Indeed one only needs to look at Vishal Agarwal and Kalavai Venkat’s elaborate expose in Invading the Sacred of Courtright’s outright mistranslations, manipulations and even blatant concoctions to force fit into his perverse fantasies and diabolical agenda. Instead of a civilized reply to the scholarly takedown, all we got was the boogey of Hindutva. And we still do. But of course, we shouldn’t be surprised to see those dedicated to suppressing the survival and revival of Hinduism, dedicated to criminalizing Hinduism, be it a Courtright, Kumar or Karim, use the euphemism of Hindutva to further their agendas when in fact, more often than not, it is Hinduism itself that they target.
Saumya Arya Haas, writing in the Huffington Post referred to a report of sorts on Hindutva by some characters. I made a comment posting a link to a detailed response to that report, as well as providing information on the agenda of the authors of that report based on an Indian TV news item. The link to the news item was also provided. However, for reasons best known to the moderators at Huffington Post, my comment was removed. It is really ironical that a comment based on solid references was removed from a post that pitches for free speech. Nonetheless, my comment is reproduced here with minor edits.
The author of this post, Ms. Haas, links to a report of sorts on the Hindutva movement. Here is a link to a counter report which addresses the allegations in the report linked by Ms. Haas, and more: http://www.letindiadevelop.org/thereport/. It is also pertinent to mention here that the report linked by Ms. Haas was compiled mainly by a group which calls itself Forum of Indian (since renamed to Inquilabi [Urdu 4 revolutionary]) Leftists (FOIL). It is a motley crew of sundry communists, mainly of Indian origin, ironically based in the “oh-so-capitalist” USA. One of the primary authors of that report and a prominent member of FOIL is Ms. Angana Chatterji. Ms. Chatterji’s name very recently came up in an Indian TV news report for her rabid anti-India agenda and for links to Mr. Ghulam Nabi Fai.
Mr. Fai has recently been arrested by the FBI for running a front organization in the US funded by the notorious Pakistani agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), which incidentally also provides support to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET) (among other such groups). LET is listed by USA, India, EU, etc. as a dangerous terrorist organization. Now why would a person linked to ISI/LET fronts, (and her ideological bed-fellows) indulge in a propagandist report against a nationalist Indian movement? Go figure. Interestingly, Ms. Haas’s Huffington Post profile says she is a Hindu pUjArin (priestess). Presumably she also considers herself to be a friend of India. And yet, here we have her giving credence to a Goebbelsian propagandist report by anti-India characters linked to ISI/LET interests.