The agenda

An old dream and a new horse to flog

Print edition : March 18, 2016

Afzal Guru being escorted to an anti-terrorism court in New Delhi in December 2002. His hanging remains a deeply contested issue. Photo: B. MATHUR/REUTERS

Sangam, Allahabad, U.P., 1991: The VHP's Ashok Singhal at the "immersion of ashes" ceremony for kar sevaks said to have been killed in police action during the first kar seva in Ayodhya in 1990-91. Journalistic investigations located four of these "martyrs" and established that the Sangh Parivar list contained several people who had never gone to Ayodhya. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Georgi Dimitrov, the legendary Bulgarian leader who was put on trial by Hitler's regime in Germany on charges of having played a role in the burning of the Reichstag in February 1933. Later, it became evident that the arson was planned by the Nazis to frame communist leaders. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The burning of the Reichstag in 1933. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The rhetoric of nationalism is being used by the ruling dispensation to deflect attention from pressing problems and to chase the Sangh Parivar’s old dream of creating a pan-Hindu identity.

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