This should be a lesson to our supporters and sympathizers of Hindu fundamentalism who do not necessarily wear a saffron banner but provide ‘silent support’ to Hindutva groups and their ideologies. Most Hindu groups, their sympathizers and silent supporters coming from elite and educated Hindus, rationalize the rise in Hindutva ideology as a ‘reaction’ to extremism coming from Muslim and Christian groups. This is not very different from how Pakistanis told themselves that their hatred was in fact a ‘reaction’ to what India did to them during Partition, how vile Indians were when they resorted to sleight and deceit to capture Kashmir from Pakistan. All wars against
Many Hindus in
Indian Hindus believe that their support for Narendra Modi and his kin, Bal Thackeray and his Shiv Sena, BJP and its sister outfits is all in the interest of a greater India where certain minorities who irk them with their fundamentalism and terrorism can be reined, monitored and controlled, where certain minorities are kept in check for the long term interest of this nation. Indian Hindus believe that this hatred can be controlled.