The Hindutva project

Distorting history, manufacturing culture

Print edition : December 26, 2014

A Naga sadhu at the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar in March 2010. The Naga sadhus had led an armed march in 1966 to Parliament House demanding a ban on the slaughter of cows, which resulted in extensive violence and stringent police action. Photo: Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

Dalits protesting against a proposed law banning cow slaughter, in Bangalore on February 23, 2010. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

A godown converted into a classroom at the Government Urdu Model Primary School in S.K. Garden, Bangalore, on November 12. Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar

All nationalist histories construct and reconstruct the past and have a political dimension to them. The Hindutva project has an additional, fascist, dimension as it essentialises an exclusionary Hindu nation and disempowers those excluded.
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