Deconstructing Savarkar: Hindutva as a history

Satpathy, Anwesh (2022) Deconstructing Savarkar: Hindutva as a history. Cafe Dissensus Everyday. pp. 1-6.

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Though Vinayak Damodar Savarkar has been a figure to reckon with through much of independent India’s history, his ideas have mostly been treated as being part of a fringe. A radical change in India’s political discourse has occurred with the rise of Hindu nationalism in the 1990s through the Ayodhya movement that led to the demolition of the fifteenth century Babri Mosque and more recently through Narendra Modi’s election as India’s Prime Minister. It is no longer feasible to ignore Savarkar’s ideas. As the father of Hindutva, he represents an idea of India radically different from and in direct contrast with the pluralistic Nehruvian idea that prevailed in the immediate aftermath of independence. In retrospect, Savarkar’s conceptualization of Hindutva as a history of violence deserves critical attention.

Item Type: Article in News Papers and Magazine
Keywords: History | Savarkar
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > History
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Political Science
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of International Affairs
Depositing User: Gena Veineithem
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2022 06:22
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 06:22
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