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Misreading Militant Hinduism

Misreading 'Militant Hinduism' J V Deshpande A DISCONCERTING feature of a good part of the recent writings on the increasing dangers of cornmunalism or more specifically, the 'rising tide of Militant Hinduism' is the somewhat easy bandying about of terms such as fundamentalism, communalism etc. Not only the practising politicians but serious journalists or academics are also found to wallow comfortably in such intellectual sloppiness. While a politician may be excused in this respect (as indeed he is in so many other respects), it is not easy to be so charitable towards those who write for a serious journal. A case in point is Sumanta Banerjee's recent article 'Hindutva: Ideology and Social Psychology' (EPW, January 19).

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