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The rise of communalism in recent years as the major claimant to power in Indian politics has posed a serious challenge to the survival of democracy and is even threatening the fabric of the Constitution. Coupled with the fact that political discourse in the international arena has been increasingly using the language of religion, this phenomenon has posed a serious challenge to human rights movements worldwide. The seventeen original essays in this volume traverse a large canvas and critically interrogate Hindutva from multiple vantage points in the light of recent national and international political events.
Chapter 11: Hindutva Agenda and Dalits
Hindutva Agenda and Dalits
The fact that the Dalits and tribals were foot soldiers of the Hindutva brigade in the heinous carnage of Muslims in Gujarat sent shockwaves across the length and breadth of secular India. Many people lamented this unfortunate development which drowned the facts about the losses the Dalits suffered during these gory times. It is now clear that the massacre of Muslims in Gujarat had also a little Dalit blood accompanying it. The Dalits lost 108 lives in Gujarat; 38 deaths alone in the city of Ahmedabad, which makes not an insignificant percentage of the official death toll of Muslims.1 The heartrending devastation that visited Muslims during this macabre campaign of communalists was also shared by the Dalits, albeit ...