- Subject index
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 15: Gujarat—Hindu Rashtra Laboratory
Gujarat—Hindu Rashtra Laboratory
There is no dearth of appraisals that seek to explain why and how the Sangh Parivar could succeed in making deep inroads in the social, cultural, administrative, judicial, economic and political set up in Gujarat, extending its influence from urban to rural and tribal areas, and in provoking a series of violent anti-Dalit, OBC and especially anti-minorities disturbances culminating in the ghastly post-Godhra genocide in 2002. This is an attempt to briefly review the findings of some of the significant studies that bring out the nature of subjective and objective factors contributing to the success of the Sangh Parivar in making Gujarat a model laboratory for the realization of their future project of establishing the Hindu rashtra in this country.