Gujarat, which is quite often known as the laboratory of Hindutva, is the home turf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Ever since it came to power at the Centre, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has propagated the ‘Gujarat Model’ that it intends to implement across the nation.
This political model of exclusivity which has hate at its core is now unraveling not only across the country as can be seen from the protests being organized in almost every district against the new citizenship moves but is also being challenged across Gujarat from where it has grown.
By the end of the last assembly polls in Gujarat and the recent Lok Sabha polls, the Hindutva machinery was sitting pretty smug under the belief that the process of complete marginalization of the Muslims had been achieved to a considerable extent.… But the spate of protests in the state that have followed the centre’s moves on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) clearly shows that the Muslim community that has been pushed to the corner has found its voice again. Community leaders in the form of social activists, lawyers and academics along with the secular groups are speaking out vociferously against the undemocratic moves of the government.…
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- How television news (and social media) is making Hindu youth in North India angry – and violent – By Arunabh Saikia (Feb 5, 2020, Scroll.in)
- Behind India’s citizenship clash, fear and uncertainty for two million in limbo – By Adnan Bhat & Ahmer Khan (Feb 4, 2020, The New Humanitarian)
- Ambedkar’s desires are yet to be fulfilled as Dalits continue to live his worst fears – By Suraj Yengde (Feb 9, 2020, Indian Express)