The Hindutva Judgment

A controversial judgment on electoral contestation

Formally known as R. Y. Prabhoo v P. K. Kunte (1995), the Hindutva judgment is one of Justice Verma's most controversial judgments, which he believed to have been widely misunderstood. The matter related to speeches by Bal Thackeray that were seen by the High Court as illegal for appealing for votes on the grounds of religion. Verma argued “It is a fallacy and an error of law to proceed on the assumption that any reference to Hindutva or Hinduism in a speech makes it automatically a speech based on Hindu religion.” This is given Hindutva is a modern ideological concept, not just a religious concept. Hence his writing “Hindutva is a way of life.”