Hinduism and Hindutva, at best is a good cop-bad cop strategy.
Anyone claiming Hindutva is just a perverse version of Hinduism and Hinduism is inherently a peaceful religion is either misguided or is misguiding us.
“ढोल गवांर शूद्र पशु नारी, सकल ताड़ना के अधिकारी” was the philosophy of Hindooism long before Hindutva.
There was no Hindutva when Shudras and Untouchables were denied education and life of dignity.
There was no Hindutva when Brahmins proclaimed that all women are Shudras.
There was no Hindutva when Mahars were forced to tie pots around their necks.
There was no Hindutva when untouchability and unseeability came into existence.
There was no Hindutva when Shudras were killed for merely chanting Vedas.
There was no Hindutva when a married Shudra/Dalit woman was forced to spend her first night with the landlord.
There was no Hindutva when Shudra women were forced to bare breasts before landlords.
There was no Hindutva when Dalit/shudra women were forced to serve as prostitutes of Gods.
There was no Hindutva when women were burnt at their husband’s funeral pyres.
A religion that teaches it’s mere 5% of the upper caste population to be rabidly hostile to 95% Dalit, Shudras and women can’t be called a peaceful religion
They talk about Ayurvedic cures but rush Murica to treat their cancer.
They claim to despise technology but travel in airplanes.
They swear to honor women but rally to support a rapist.
They want western education for their children but Sanskrit for commoners.
They want their children to become businessmen and politicians but want the children of their followers to sell pakodas.
So apparently Ayurveda, primitive tech, pakodas, unemployment and tradition is for common folks and modern tech, better medicines, education, jobs and rapes are for right-wing leaders.
This is their true character almost everywhere.