May 22, 2024

As Modi religiously prepares for India’s elections, Sreenivasan Jain examines the tussle between Hindutva and secularism.

The politics of Hindu nationalism have played a central role in the dramatic rise of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As the elections have neared, the Modi regime has turbocharged its Hindu-first agenda – best exemplified in the inauguration of the Ram Temple in the city of Ayodhya.

Veteran journalist Sreenivasan Jain explains how the opening of this temple – and the whitewashing of its controversial past – illustrates how Modi and his party have made their brand of Hindu supremacism not only acceptable, but a key part of Narendra Modi’s appeal to Indians.


Asaduddin Owaisi – Member of the Indian Parliament

Uma Bharti – Former Vice-President, Bharatiya Janata Party

Hartosh Singh Bal – Political Editor, The Caravan

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