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Right-wing Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi has won reelection as India's Primer Minister. As the political philosophy of Hindu nationalism gains ground in India we look back at one of its architects - Vinayak Savarkar.
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India Tomorrow part 2: the politics of Hindu nationalism
When Narendra Modiâ€™s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to victory in Indiaâ€™s 2014 elections, much was made of its Hindu nationalist agenda. After five years in office, some commentators now worry that the secular nature of Indian democracy is being eroded. In this, the second episode of India Tomorrow, a series from The Conversationâ€™s podcast The Anthill, we look at the history of Hindu nationalism, its role in India today, and its influence on the politics of the BJP. We speak to Shalini Sharma, a historian at Keele University, about the history of Hindu nationalism and the ideology of Hindutva. We find out about the family of Hindu nationalist organisations, including the powerful volunteer group called the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS. Radha dâ€™Souza, a reader in law at the University of Westminster, helps explain the RSSâ€™s opposition to the secular nature of Indiaâ€™s constitution. We call up Ajay Gudavarthy, associate professor at the Centre for Political Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi in India, to discuss the appeal of Hindu nationalist politics to voters, the role it had in Modiâ€™s election victory in 2014 and its importance in the 2019 polls. We also take a look at the intersection of caste politics and Hindu nationalism â€“ particularly around the thorny issue of caste reservations, a form of positive discrimination for certain groups. We hear about the dynamics of caste politics today from Suryakant Waghmore, an associate professor at the department of humanity and social sciences at the Indian Insitute of Technology-Bombay, who has done research on caste violence in different parts of India. He says it would be misplaced to attribute an increase in violence totally to the rise of the BJP, but that itâ€™s part of a much longer power struggle within Indian society. You can read the transcript of this episode here, and also find out more about past and upcoming episodes in our series episode guide. Subscribe to our Anthill podcast newsletter to hear about new episodes as soon as they drop. Credits The Anthill is produced by Gemma Ware and Annabel Bligh. Editing by Alex Portfelix. Thank you to City, University of Londonâ€™s Department of Journalism for letting us use their studios to record The Anthill. Picture source: arindambanerjee via Shutterstock. Music: Intervention by Lee Rosevere, Flying Cat & Sitar by Tranko, and Endeavour by Jahzzar all via Free Music Archive. Plus, RSS Coimbatore Route March via YouTube. Archive news clips: Election Results 2014: Modi wins India, NDA crosses 300 seats, NDTV Dramatic shift in Indian politics with Modi set to win landslide election victory, euronews Mediation For Ayodhya Dispute: Is This The Best Way Forward?, NDTV Modi Govt Approves 10% Reservation For Economically Weak In Upper Castes | India Development Debate, ET Now Indrajit Roy receives funding from the UK's Economic and Social Research Council.Annabel Bligh works for The Conversation.
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Special Report: Cinetopia 2019
On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to festival director Ariel Wan about the 2019 Cinetopia Film Festival. The fest takes place in Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Twp, Dearborn, Detroit, and Royal Oak between May 10 - 19, 2019. For more information visit www.cinetopiafestival.org