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.

Hindutva and Weaker Sections: Conflict between Dominance and Resistance

Hindutva and Weaker Sections: Conflict between Dominance and Resistance

Hindutva and weaker sections: Conflict between dominance and resistance

Religious fundamentalism is an emerging phenomenon in the world at large. But at different sociopolitical milieus it assumes different forms. One common trend of religious fundamentalism is that in almost all cases it tends to be fascist in nature. In the South Asian context the emergence of Hindutva forces1 in India, the Islamization attempts in Pakistan, the Buddhist dominated Sinhalization in Sri Lanka, all state the fact that many countries are caught in the web of communal, fundamental, and fascist forces. The emergence of fundamentalist forces threaten the very existence of minorities in a country and pose a danger to the very core of any nation-state. Significantly, many ...

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