Hindutva and nationhood

The nation according to Hindutva

Print edition : March 18, 2016

V.D. Savarkar. His vision of the nation excludes religious minorities from any real entitlement to the country. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

M.S. Golwalkar. He had compared universal franchise to a piece of meat on which crows settle. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Godavari Parulekar, legendary communist leader and one of the founders of the Maharashtra Rajya Kisan Sabha, with Adivasi comrades in Thane, where the Kisan Sabha launced the historic revolt by the Warli tribal people in 1945. Photo: Courtesy: LIFE

Jyotirao Phule.

B.R. Ambedkar.

E.V. Ramasamy. The Phule-Ambedkar-Periyar tradition focussed on social justice as the first and indispensable condition for a civilised country. Photo: By Special Arrangement

An astonishing new generation is coming up from subaltern ranks, gathering some of its intellectual and political resources from leading public universities. This constitutes the real crisis for Hindutva.
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