Keshdhari Hindus is a controversial term used by the right-wing Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Vishva Hindu Parishad for followers of Sikh Religion, under their dubious Hindutva agenda.
Among the RSS, Sikhs are being propagated as a sword arm of the Hindus and staunch Indian nationalists. RSS's agenda is focused on asserting that Sikhs are not separate from Hindus but are actually their reformed version. They formed a sub-organization known as Rashtriya Sikh Sangat on 24 November 1986.
Since 1984, relations between Sikhs and Hindus have moved towards rapprochement aided by economic prosperity. However, a 2002 claim by the RSS that "Sikhs are Hindus" disturbed Sikh sensibilities.
Reaction from Sikh mainstream
Sikhs do not regard themselves as denoted by word Hindu, due to different beliefs, identity, dress, rituals and holy book. The Sikh high priests related the RSS to Aurangzeb for their ideology of forceful conversions and condemned calling a Sikh as Keshadhari Hindu. An official edict signed by the five Sikh Jathedars, issued from the supreme Sikh body Sri Akal Takhat Sahib on 23 July 2004, declared the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat as an anti-Sikh outfit. The Akal Takhat Sahib cautioned the Sikh Panth against activities of Rashiyra Sikh Sangat and directed the Sikhs not to participate or cooperate in any of their activities.
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