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Charudutt Pingale

Affiliation: Hindu Janajagruti Samiti
Categories: Most Dangerous
Location: India, Maharashtra

Charudutt Pingale is the senior leader of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS), the sister organization of the Hindu militant group Sanatan Sanstha. Currently, he is the national Guide of the organization. HJS members are accused of assassinating anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar in 2013.

He is leading HJS efforts to turn India into a Hindu nation where Muslims, Christians, and other minorities have no place.

In June 2017, he introduced a resolution at the All India Hindu Convention demanding that India be declared a ‘Hindu Rashtra.’

“Various pro-Hindu and patriotic organizations all over India and abroad are striving to establish Hindu Rashtra. Declaring India and Nepal Hindu Rashtra was one of the many resolutions passed at the convention,” he told reporters.

He has been actively advocating for removing the word secular from the Indian Constitution.

“The word ‘Secular’ has no meaning. The partition of this country was done based on religion. Muslims got Pakistan and Hindus got Hindustan, and the word ‘secular’ was not there in the Constitution written at that time,” he said.

Pingale promotes conspiracy theories like love jihad and religious conversions to target Muslims and Christians.