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The Cost Of Hindutva

With the sole exception of North Korea, every rogue state is an Islamic state. Does the BJP want India to join them?

The Cost Of Hindutva
illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu
The Cost Of Hindutva
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To no one's surprise, the BJP's top leadership at the state and central level has hailed the party's victory in Gujarat as a vindication of 'Hindutva'. Members of both organisations have convinced themselves that the way to victory in five state elections in 2003, and in the parliamentary elections in 2004, lies through ramming the Togadia-Modi version of Hindu dominance down the throats of the rest of the country. All of them have noticed the polarisation that occurred in Gujarat, in which half of the non-Congress and non-BJP voters forsook their normal moorings and opted in about equal numbers for secularism versus Hindutva. The 5 per cent this added to the BJP vote gave it its landslide win in Gujarat. They are, therefore, convinced that all they have to do to win in Delhi, Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh and elsewhere is repeat the Gujarat formula. When forced to choose between 'Hinduism' and that wishy-washy intellectual notion, 'secularism', the 'Hindu' voter can only go one way.

So great is the euphoria in the party that most of its members have stopped asking themselves...
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