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Once literature festivals were about literature. Now the lit circuit seems to have become the tolerance circuit. No matter how big or small the festival, a discussion on tolerance has become mandatory...
We need to understand the seed, the idea that has given birth to the BJP and why its ascent to power will always take the nation towards intolerance. The seeds of the RSS and its offshoots like the BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal etc lie in Manusmriti and in the books written by the RSS Ideologue M S Golwalkar viz "Bunch of Thoughts" and "We or Our Nationhood Defined".