Cultural hegemony

Conversion to Hindu Raj

Print edition : January 09, 2015

V.D. Savarkar. He called upon the minorities to submerge their cultural identities in the identity of the majority community. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

M.S. Golwalkar. He said those not belonging to the Hindu race were outside the pale of the "real national life". Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

K.M. Munshi. In the debates of the Constituent Assembly, he defended the right to preach one's faith. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Chief Justice A.N. Ray. He had ruled that Article 25 did not grant the right to convert another person to one's faith. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, a Union Minister of State. She was not asked to resign after her outrageous comment targeting non-Hindus. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Sakshi Maharaj. The BJP MP was recently in the news for claiming that Gandhi's assassin was a patriot. Photo: PTI

VHP Leader Praveen Togadia. According to him, at one point of time the entire world was Hindu. Photo: Rohit Jain Paras

The ghar wapsi campaign, which follows from the purification theories propounded by Golwalkar and Savarkar, implies a clear rejection of Muslims and Christians as equal citizens unless they become Hindus.
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