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

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From Hate to Heteronomy

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The unabeted articulation of anti-minority hate speech that has been frequently produced by hatemongers with thick right-wing leanings occurs basically in two main contexts. First, relevant in an immediate context of electoral mobilisation, such speeches are considered as an effective political means to win over the voters who are otherwise perceived to be slipping away from the political grip of the right-wing party. It obviously means that an affirmative and, hence, decent speech with a constitutional and democratic orientation and content seems to be absent from the normative vocabulary of such a party. Hate speech coupled with violent sentiments results from the desire to first capture temporal power that could thus be used to realise the larger dream of establishing religious domination over other minorities. Hence, the second context underlines the movement of hate culminating into heteronomy—of bringing minorities under its social and religious control by capturing formal political power through elections.

Obviously, the realisation of the political desire and design to dominate cannot work within the framework of constitutional democracy and a state that is committed to follow the principle of the rule of law. This is because the state, which is committed to follow the constitutional democracy and rule of law, would place top priority to control the use of hate speech that threatens the peace and communal harmony of society.

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Updated On : 8th Jan, 2022
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