March 25, 2017

Tag Archives: Hindutva

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RAW’s Kautilyan License

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Since the news of civilian-military rift over Pakistan’s secret support to armed groups, whether right or wrong, was leaked from a meeting pertaining to national security, those leaking the information should have their “security clearance” revoked and barred from public office. Read More »

Indian Historiography Under Threat

Palm leaf manuscripts at a library in Chennai. Scholars like V. S. Pathak and Romila Thapar have established that ancient India drew its sense of the past from a vast range of sources, of which religious texts were one. (Photo via The Hindu)

The religious categories created by colonialism have been abandoned even by the British scholars. But the Modi regime, guided and controlled by the RSS, is still sticking to them with unprecedented fervor. Read More »

‘Kill the Beef-eaters!’

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India’s globe-trotting Prime Minister assures the world that India is the destination to invest in, the world’s most cultured country to work in. But will it allow foreign investors their prime pieces of steak when they crave for it in India? Or do Indians only butcher their own beef-eaters? Read More »

India: Modi Should be Careful about the Company He Keeps

Prime Minister Narendra Modi listens to the speech of RSS Chief Mohan Rao Bhagwat at a book launching ceremony in 2012. (Photo via video stream)

What makes the axis between the government and the RSS so problematic is not just its extra-constitutionality but the sheer incompatibility of the sangh and its ideology with a democratic, inclusive polity and society. Read More »

India: Not a Sprinkle, But a Spread of Saffron

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The Hindutva agenda is moving forward in India, the voices of minorities are being marginalized and social hatred is being spread, but the political order continues to escape blame. Read More »

India: Electoral Wins or Religious Peace?

1Hindu-Muslim pray at Ganges. Aparajith Bharathiyan

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s soft Hindutva strategy may be electorally successful, but it risks splitting the country along deep lines of religious hostility and conflict. Read More »

Being Christian in India

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The NRIs who funded the Modi campaign will not be pleased about the damage to India’s image just as they are beginning to be proud of the country’s emerging global position. Nor will they appreciate the backlash that might affect them sooner or later, as news spreads to churches abroad about the vandalizing of Christian churches, the rape of nuns in Kolkata and Orissa, and the burning down of a Delhi church. Read More »

Why Emperor Akbar Haunts Hindutva

Hindutva's saffron flag. (Photo by Bharath Joshi, Creative Commons License)

There has been a traditional affinity, even bonding, between Hindu and Muslim extremists of the subcontinent. They have both mistrusted the liberals within their respective folds. It was natural, therefore, for Hindutva in India to emulate its narrow-minded Muslim counterparts in Pakistan to jointly target the genial Emperor Akbar, otherwise considered a symbol of enlightenment and religious tolerance. Read More »

A View from India: Love, Faith and Conversions

Members of Dalit community at a gathering demanding land reforms in India. (Photo by ActionAid India - Campaigns, Creative Commons License)

With the romanticized temper of the 100 days of Narendra Modi government over, the anti-Muslim tone is heard throughout India; in fact, this constitutes a major strand in the bond by which the Hindutva forces feel united after the triumphant majority to the Indian parliament, says one analyst. Read More »

‘History Wars’ Set Ablaze Again in India

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Controversial school books present an extremely contentious view of Indian history rooted in the ideology of Hindutva, the Hindu nationalist political movement — and sometimes propagate pure fantasy Read More »