IDEOLOGY

The Hindutva ideology, also called as Hindu nationalism — distinct from that of Hinduism which stresses ideals of brotherhood and Vasudeva Kutumbakam (Meaning: though nations might be mired in conflict, civilizations co-exist) — was popularised by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, once president of the Hindu Mahasabha, forerunner of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that presently governs India. For Savarkar, Christians and Muslims could never be true Indians, despite the presence of both religions in India for centuries.The ideology was the driving force behind formation of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) by Keshav Baliram Hedgewar in 1925. RSS is a Hindu nationalist paramilitary organisation, which drives its inspiration from Nazi Germany and Mussolini’s fascists in Italy.
To really get to the heart of India’s recent majoritarian turn, a look into the ideology that drives such hatred is necessary.

Why defence minister’s claim that Savarkar filed mercy petitions on Gandhi’s advice is indefensible

By G. N. Devy The word “eureka”, though wrongly assigned in legend to Archimedes, came from the older Greek term heurisko, a sudden outburst of...

Jim Crow Hindutva

By Ashutosh Varshney To identify the core of BJP politics since 2019, I would like to introduce a new concept: Jim Crow Hindu Nationalism. This concept allows...

The Strange Irony of Roping in Mahatma Gandhi To Establish Savarkar’s Nationalist Credentials

By Mridula Mukherjee, Aditya Mukherjee and Sucheta Mahajan On October 13, 2021, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh claimed, “A lot of falsehood was spread against Savarkar. It...

Mohan Bhagwat’s ‘Upbringing’ Lessons & the Great Hindu Victimhood Syndrome

By NILANJAN MUKHOPADHYAY Inculcating pride among Hindus in their religious identity, religion per se, and developing respect towards rituals of worship appears to be a...

Fact check: Did VD Savarkar write mercy petitions on Gandhi’s advice, as Rajnath Singh claimed?

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday claimed that Hindu Mahasabha leader Vinayak Damodar Savarkar filed mercy petitions before the British government following Mahatma Gandhi’s...

Violent Hindutva is not a problem in coastal regions alone: The north Karnataka story

By Prajwal Bhat Four years before Arbaaz Aftab's body was heinously discarded on a railway track in Khanapur in Belagavi district of Karnataka, a man...

Savarkar and the incoherence of his Hindutva argument

By SK Arun Murthi The academic conference on Dismantling Global Hindutva: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, which ended on September 12, had the objective of bringing scholars from different...

I never believed in Hindutva, more students will quit ABVP soon: Former DU ABVP leader who joined NSUI

By Parvathi Benu Political ideologies are often quite fluid, especially in the polity of India in 2021. While Kanhaiya Kumar moving to Congress from the...

The truth is that RSS and most Indians dislike Gandhi but the world outside will not let them dump him

By Apoorvanand Awesome or Awful. This is how Gandhi is viewed by most Indians. The truth is that majority of Indians intensely dislike him but...