ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Mask Is Off

The government’s primary agenda is clearly development—of a Hindu Rashtra.

There never was a mask. The decades-long aim of the Sangh Parivar with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at its centre has been to make India a “Hindu nation.” That aim was only put in the background when the RSS supported Narendra Modi’s bid for prime ministership and provided the foot soldiers for the 2014 parliamentary elections, as the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) successfully sold the electorate the dream of sab ka vikas (development for all). Hindu majoritarianism lost no time thereafter to rear its head and show its full face.

What we are seeing now, from Dadri to Udhampur, from Mumbai to Mangalore, is this majoritarianism let loose and beyond anyone’s control, certainly not 7, Race Course Road. The lynching, fire-bombing, defacing of dissenters, vitriolic campaigns on social media, social bans on Muslims and the taunts to migrate to Pakistan are not the work of “fringe” elements. They are the work of the mainstream of majoritarianism. They were earlier seen as on the fringes because never before did Hindu communal groups wield the power they do now.

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