Organised by an offshoot of the Sanatan Sanstha, over 7,000 men and women attended a recent event in Pune that was aimed at evoking a strong pro-Hindutva sentiment, which in turn implied attacking Muslims, the government, the media and the liberals.
It is the people of India who have to pick up the pieces and reclaim the inclusive pluralist traditions of this ancient diverse land.
Sikhs have for long been deeply wary of the RSS’s scheme of a Hindu Rashtra and its subversive movement to merge the Sikh identity with Hinduism.
The man Narendra Modi wants India to accept as its philosophical lodestar did not regard Muslims as “proper Indians”.
The danger of Hindutva politics lies not in creating a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ but in the destruction it will wreak and the lives it will destroy during its dominance and in its aftermath.
We no longer wish to define ourselves as a secular nation, and just like Pakistan, we too now seek national glory from re-writing our history books to cater to our religious prejudices.
Activists report growing discrimination against queer persons parallel to the rise of the BJP-led government, which they accuse of demonising deviance and fuelling homophobia.
In conversation with The Wire, political scientist Jyotirmaya Sharma talks about the dangers of M.S. Golwalkar’s views, the uselessness of the ICPR and more.
“Shri Golwalkar was pained to find how the concept of ‘Hindu Rashtra’ was misconstrued and maligned. He was annoyed to see that our glorious heritage is distorted and derided by our own people.”
The struggle to punish the killers of Pansare, Kalburgi and Dabholkar is linked to the struggle to preserve democracy in India, says Pansare’s daughter.
Basharat Peer’s A Question of Order: India, Turkey and the Return of Strongmen shows how the air of contemporary politics across the world, is filled with xenophobia and a fear of the democratically-elected autocrats.
The arrival of Adityanath as chief minister is the clearest sign that the BJP as well as its parent, the RSS are thinking of an agenda that goes far beyond just winning elections.