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Our Hindu Rashtra: What It Is. How We Got Here Broché – 21 décembre 2020
India has taken so sharp a turn in recent years that the very centre has shifted considerably. What led to this swing? Is it possible to trace the path to this point? Is there a way back to the just, secular, inclusive vision of our Constitution-makers?
This country has long been an outlier in its South Asian neighbourhood, with its inclusive Constitution and functioning democracy. The growth of Hindutva, in some sense, brings India in line with the other polities here. In Our Hindu Rashtra, writer and activist Aakar Patel peels back layer after layer of cause and effect through independent India’s history to understand how Hindutva came to gain such a hold on the country. He examines what it means for India that its laws and judiciary have been permeated by prejudice and bigotry, what the breach of fundamental rights portends in these circumstances, and what the all-round institutional collapse signifies for the future of Indians.
Most importantly, Patel asks and answers that most important of questions: what possibilities exist for a return? Thought-provoking and pulling no punches, this book is an essential read for anyone who wishes to understand the nature of politics in India and, indeed, South Asia.
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- Éditeur : Westland (21 décembre 2020)
- Langue : Anglais
- Broché : 366 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9389152542
- ISBN-13 : 978-9389152548
- Poids de l'article : 549 g
- Dimensions : 14 x 2.34 x 21.6 cm
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i. a brief history of Pakistan from its creation to current (provides a template to track the trajectory of a nation if its majoritarian impulses are indulged with unchecked fervour),
ii. discussion on the ideas of the main Hindutva thinkers - Sawarkar, Golwalkar & Upadhyay. Exposes lack of intellectual rigor, inherent contradictions, arguments of convenience, sophomoric foundations of the Hindutva philosophy.
iii. examines the most important (popular) Hindutva tropes e.g. Cow protection, Triple Talaq, Religious conversion, Article 370 etc for their professed aims and their actual outcomes. Exposes the deep & dark underbelly of anti-minority strain running through each of them.
This book captures the inherent anti-minority (religious or caste basis) foundations of contemporary Indian society with complicity between legislature, executive and judiciary to further the Hindutva agenda one step at a time.
At the end, the book successfully answers the question, 'what does Hindutva mean in practice?'. The answer is rampant majoritarianism and relentless persecution of minorities. Recommend to read this book in conjunction with Robert Paxton's The anatomy of fascism.
i. Chapters on Pakistan's tryst with majoritarianism appears labored and long. Can be shorter.
ii. data could be presented in tabular and/or graphical form for meaningful impact.
Commenté en Inde le 1 janvier 2021
I believe we cant see things a strictly black and white, it's not as simple that.
Full marks for making it so simple that its an easy read.