CPR faculty comment on Hindutva and the beef ban

26 April 2017
A curated analysis

CPR faculty comment on Hindutva and the beef ban below:

  • Shyam Saran writes that the idea of a digital India driven by the Prime Minister’s vision of technological advancement and that of a narrowly defined Hindu India are at odds with each other. And if not reigned in, the ‘negative trends will, sooner or later, overwhelm the pursuit of modernity’.
  • In a piece in the Open Magazine, Shylashri Shankar writes that the beef ban is a means to ‘create a homogenous identity of an Indian’.
  • In Iqbal’s Wrong Turn, Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes that limiting the idea of toleration ‘within the paradigm of religion rather than individual rights’ has led to tragic consequences for Pakistan, and now India is going down the same path.
  • Sanjaya Baru explores the idea of ‘developmental Hindutva’ and whether the BJP can combine the ‘vigorous pursuit of economic growth’ with an idea of Hindutva that is ‘inclusive’ instead of divisive.
  • Countering Sanjaya Baru’s idea of an ‘inclusive Hindutva’, Rajshree Chandra writes in the Indian Express that Hindutva thrives under ‘majoritarian assertion’ defeating both ‘individual rights’ and a ‘liberal polity’.

The views shared belong to individual faculty and researchers and do not represent an institutional stance on the issue.