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Five separate and seemingly unconnected incidents from last week portend something rather dangerous to India, and who we are as a people. Ravi Sisodia, one of the murderers who lynched Mohammad Akhl...
The Hindutva 'Idea of India' seeks create a utopian society but as the drift of events in the country suggest (and more importantly as the history of socially engineered utopias indicate), this approach usually leads to a dystopian reality. The major contradiction of the idea is that the Hindu self -- both collective and individual -- is too fragmented and disparate to be united by an overarching idea. The Nehruvian Idea of India, on the other hand, is not only an import, but a flawed one.