The Mahatma would have been sharply critical of what is represented by Hindu nationalism.
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Srijana Mitra Das in conversation with Shwweta Punj
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‘Hindu terror’ is a fiend invented by those who want to delegitimise Hindus from seeking and holding on to power in India.
Unlike the RSS, officials from civic bodies like the IAS and the IPS are trained to keep their religious biases aside, so long as they hold their position. Violation of that principle is the real anti-national activity.
In Hindutva's view, the gods created the rich and poor based on karma and caste. Hence, there is no need to interfere much with poverty. Growth will occur as long as the rich get richer.
Tejaswi Yadav calling Modi 'nakli OBC' and Akhilesh calling himself a real 'doodhwala' shows India is finally shaking off the shame associated with caste and talking about the nobility of labour.
With his support to Sabarimala traditionalists, his book 'Why I Am A Hindu' and now, his thulabharam practice, Shashi Tharoor has shown his Hindutva colours. His transit seems simply a matter of time.
We are living in a time when rhetoric and jingoism have subsumed rationality and real issues. Perhaps there is no cure for the malaise though other than the fever to run its full course.