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Transliteration of Hindi हिंदुत्व (hindutva) / Bengali হিন্দুত্ব (hindutto, literally Hinduness). Coined by Chandranath Basu in 1892 and further popularised by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.


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  1. The state or quality of being Hindu [from 20th c.]
  2. The ideology of Hindu nationalism.
    • 2016, Sunil Khilnani, Incarnations, Penguin, page 284:
      In India, too, people now wish to bring that argument to a close: to replace the ruckus of politics with the moralized ideology of Hindutva.
    • 2022 March 30, Ross Douthat, “Yes, There Is a Clash of Civilizations”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      China’s one-party meritocracy, Putin’s uncrowned czardom, the post-Arab Spring triumph of dictatorship and monarchy over religious populism in the Middle East, the Hindutva populism transforming Indian democracy — these aren’t just all indistinguishable forms of “autocracy,” but culturally distinctive developments that fit well with Huntington’s typology []

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Hindutva (plural Hindutvas)

  1. (informal) A member of a Hindutva group or a supporter of Hindutva.