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Hindu Nationalism

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This refers to Marzia Cazolaris article (Hindutvas Foreign Tie-up in the 1930s: Archival Evidence, January 22). The writers efforts should be appreciated, but the paper has been written based on two platforms. First, militant Hinduisms growth in the 1920s is evaluated in the mindset of Italian fascism and, secondly, the ideas generated are based on data which are cleverly collected to substantiate the arguments. Both ways the article is thought-provoking.

One of the painful struggles within the Indian psyche in the early part of the 20th century was on the identification to its past. A steady expansionist growth of Harappan culture mixed with brahmanic religion had a political and geographical stop ever since the Indian mainland was occupied by central Asian and Arabian Muslims by the 9th and 10th centuries. The period in history which we called medieval was indeed a time where a distinct identity based on Islam was carved out in an area which was hitherto a cradle of Hindu civilisation.

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