The Blame Game: Recriminations from the Indian Left

Pathik Pathak

in The Future of Multicultural Britain

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635443
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652877 | DOI:
The Blame Game: Recriminations from the Indian Left

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This chapter examines how India's Left assigned the blame for the rise of Hindu nationalism to its rival factions. In particular, it scrutinizes the common accusation that anti-secularism is complicit with Hindu nationalism and questions whether other voices on the Left have been able to answer meaningfully to Hindutva by way of an alternative. The chapter concludes that neither state secularism nor anti-secularism answers meaningfully to Hindu majoritarianism, but that the latter, like Parekh's multiculturalism, moves towards the ‘politically sensitive imagination’ required to rehabilitate the project of Indian democracy.

Keywords: Hindu nationalism; Indian Left; anti-secularism; Hindutva; Indian democracy; Hindu majoritarianism

Chapter.  12631 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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