Essay

Nationalism in peril

Print edition : April 14, 2017

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a file picture. Modi was groomed in the Sangh by Bhagwat’s father, Madhukar Rao Bhagwat, who was the pant pracharak of Gujarat. Photo: PTI

Dattatreya Hosabale, RSS' joint general secretary. On March 17, 2016, he declared that "anyone who refused to say "Bharat Mata Ki Jai' is anti-national for us". Photo: VAIDYA

Sunil Ambekar, ABVP's national organising secretary. He said: "We will not allow a person like Umar Khalid to speak on a campus." Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

The Sangh Parivar’s brand of patriotism connotes a perverted concept of nationalism and intolerance of dissent. Its aim is to erase the national consensus that sustained the freedom movement and prevailed in India for decades after Independence.
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