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In a party editorial, The Shiv Sena Party claimed that India is a country of Hindus first and others later. The party made this claim after the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief claimed that India was a country that belonged to Hindus and others. Far-right Hindu nationalists often stir up anti-minority sentiment which is one of the main reasons attacks on Christians and Muslims in India has risen so dramatically. In the first six months of 2017 alone, Christians and their places of worship had been attacked over 400 times. 

10/30/2017 India (Scroll.in) – The Shiv Sena on Monday said India is a country of Hindus first and others later. In its party mouthpiece Saamana, it said Muslims, Christians and Buddhists all had other countries to live in, but Hindus do not have any other nation.

The party made the statement in response to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks that India was a country of Hindus, but belonged to others as well.

“The RSS chief says like Hindus, India belongs to others as well,” the Saamana editorial said. “The Shiv Sena chief says India belongs to Hindus first and others later because there are more than 50 countries for Muslims.”

The party also said that despite a “pro-Hindutva” government at the Centre, matters such as the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, and the resettlement of displaced Kashmiri Pandits are still unresolved.

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