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

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Left Secularists and Communalism

Dharma Kumar The left secularists' version of Indian history is not only seriously flawed, it is also bad politics as it alienates many Hindus who may otherwise support a secular policy. Obliterating the vast differences between Islam and Hinduism by a stress on syncretism and 'composite culture', as they do, drains Indian history of much of its meaning. Their view that communalism took its modern form during the colonial period is tenable but requires more complex analysis than is provided in their writings.

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