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.

Extinguishing the Amar Jawan Jyoti and the Beginning of History

By Naresh Fernandes On Friday afternoon, to the funereal throb of a drum, the Amar Jawan Jyoti at New Delhi’s India Gate was ceremonially extinguished....

Why Hindutva Loves to hate Ashoka the Great

By Subhash Gatade Thousands of kings and emperors shone for a brief moment in history, then quickly disappeared. But in ‘The Outline of History: The...

Netaji was not a friend of Hindutva: He was its adversary!

By Shubham Sharma for Hindutva Watch RSS-BJP’s infatuation with the anti-colonial nationalist leadership is not out of love and respect for the values that they...

Bulli Bai’ App case – Advent of cyber Hindutva in India

By Syed Ali Mujtaba The arrests made in the ‘Bulli Bai’ app case by the cyber branch police from Mumbai and Delhi suggest the existence...

The Hindutva brigade’s paradox

By Samir Nazareth Golwalkar, the ideologue and second chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) made no bones about being influenced by Nazism. He writes...

How Hindutva is engulfing little traditions of India

By Syed Ali Mujtaba Little traditions like spirit worshiping are prevalent all over India. These spirits do not have a physical form and are not...

Why it’s not really shocking that a young woman is involved in the ‘Bulli Bai’ case

By Aarefa Johari How can a young woman be the alleged mastermind behind a vile platform for “auctioning” other women online? This was the question in...

India’s Dharam Sansads: How the Youth Have Been Radicalised Since 1980s

By NILANJAN MUKHOPADHYAY The recent controversy over statements made in Dharam Sansads in Haridwar and Raipur has turned the spotlight on these religious congregations. The following excerpt from Nilanjan...

Hindutvavadi chauvinism needs to be censured

CHAUVINISM remains the greatest threat to pluralism and often triggers genocide. When a chauvinist group is in power, it poses a mortal threat to...