Defending the comments of his cabinet colleague Deepak Dhavalikar who said that Modi could make the country a ‘Hindu nation’, Francis D’Souza told reporters: “It was always a Hindu nation and will always be a Hindu nation. You don’t have to create a Hindu nation.”
D’Souza, one of the most senior minority members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Goa, said that he considered himself a “Christian Hindu”.
“India is a Hindu country. It is Hindusthan. All Indians in Hindusthan are Hindus, including I — I am a Christian Hindu,” D’Souza said. D’Souza insisted that Dhavalikar had no “clarity in his mind” because India was already a Hindu nation.