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De-Hinduising the Indian Nation

Radha Rajan

The rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in national politics was widely interpreted, both nationally and internationally, as the rise of Hindu nationalism for the first time since 1947, partly because the BJP was perceived as the political offspring of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and partly because the major ideological issues upon which it rose to prominence were viewed as rooted in Hindu national consciousness. As a corollary, the rise of the BJP was seen to be indicative of the RSS affirming its presence in the polity, and RSS assertion in politics was likewise perceived as a conscious attempt to empower the Hindu community.

Understandably, this was bad news for those who had made their fortunes and careers out of Nehruvian secularism and Hindu disempowerment. This was bad news also for the United States, which considered the rise of Hindu nationalism to be a threat to the made-in-the-USA post-Cold-War world order. This book seeks to document the activities of some of the better-known forces and agents who thrive on Hindu powerlessness, and it will be readily apparent to the discerning reader that this group constitutes a veritable—albeit unclassified and untaxed—‘industry’! The power of this Hindu–baiting industry, in concert with so-called religious minorities to influence Indian polity through control over public discourse, is in inverse proportion to Hindu incapacity to modulate, much less control, the system.

This book is about exposing the essentially anti-Hindu activism of some NGOs and activists, whose activism has been facilitated by Hindu powerlessness, and their foreign sponsors, supporters and funders who have their own vested interests in keeping the Hindus in this state of powerlessness. Hindu political disempowerment has been both the cause and the result of the growing power of the ‘minorities’ to influence the Indian polity.