Meha Dhondiyal Khanduri
In 1992 India set on a different course from its first 50 yrs.
Mr. LK Advani was the first political leader to see and exploit the simmering fear of the majority community of Hindus.
His rath-yatra which ended with the demolishment of the 16th century babri masjid marked the rise of the political philosophy of radical Hinduism in India, often referred to as Hindutva.
Over the next few decades India saw a multitude of riots against the Muslims and increasing Islamophobia resulting in the ascension of the charismatic Mr. Narendra Modi, first as the Chief Minister of Gujarat where he presided over the heinous Gujarat genocide of 2002, and later as the Prime Minister of India in 2014.
PM Modi’s tenure was marked by rightwing hindutva fringe becoming mainstream, mob killings & hangings of Muslim citizens, rise of militant nationalism, attacks on churches and seculars and journalists, murders over beef, hate speech, rise of cow vigilantes, and the explosion of Islamophobia among the middle class Hindus.
It also saw the blurring of the boundaries between religion and government, curtailment of women’s rights and a decline in science, history and knowledge.
These years of India have often been compared to Germany of 1930s.
However Mr. Modi’s disastrous economic policies, along with the increasing weariness of the citizens for the increasingly militant rightwing and the rise of a youthful opposition marked the end of his regime in 2019, leading to the demise of Hindutva in India.
Excerpt from The Future History of India
(First Published @2117)
(Accessed from National Archives via the time machine)