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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 14: Violence against the Cross
Violence against the Cross
For over 50 years since the country attained Independence in 1947, a liberal, secular democracy of sorts was being established in this subcontinent. The spirit that impelled the Indians to take to the streets to challenge the colonial powers, to suffer and even die so that at least their children could regain their self-respect, live in peace, harmony, and free of dictatorial firmans, man-made slavery and fascist actions of the powerful seemed to be in sight. All this, and its likely psychological ramifications on a society that had never really experienced the type of freedom that was held out to them, was generally not forgotten by those who inherited the mantle of a free nation.
Fundamental Rights and Equality ...