OUR HINDU RASHTRA:

OUR HINDU RASHTRA:

Islamic History

OUR HINDU RASHTRA:
WHAT IT IS; HOW WE GOT HERE

Author(s): Aakar Patel

Reviewed by: Yasir Khan

 

Review

Publisher: India: Westland Publications, 2020, viii + 356pp. ISBN: 9789389152548.

The book under review is a travelogue of India’s journey towards majoritarianism. The author argues that, unlike many other South Asian countries, India took a different route to majoritarianism which is characterised by being de facto and not de jure. Patel highly regards Indian constitution for avoiding constitutional majoritarianism, in other words, “wanting to be inclusive throughout its independent history”. But he concedes that the virus of majoritarianism was nevertheless extant in the socio-political milieu of India which has spiralled out of control and resulted in a sort of pandemic since 2014. He describes the current scenario in these chilling words:


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