ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Hindutvavads Political Agenda

IN the context of the present turmoil in India, it is of the greatest importance to understand the fundamental difference between traditional communalism and Hindutvavad, even the 'aggressive Hindutvavad', of today. Communalism, except for the Muslim League variety on the eve of independence; was hitherto, based on the politics of bargaining within the existing system for a better position and greater benefits. Hindutvavad of today, by contrast, is aiming at the capture of power through some sort of a coup with a view to fundamentally altering the character of the polity, that is, to shift from the present, at least formally participatory, democracy to a form of authoritarian system, in which power will be the relatively exclusive preserve of the upper caste Hindu minority who form the main base of the affluent elite. This segment will possibly later bargain with the elitist elements from other religions, castes and ethnic communities for sharing power with them as subordinate partners within a conservative and authoritarian polity.

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