Made in India to Make in India: The Meanings of Moditva – By P.K. Vijayan and Karen Gabriel
…We will first briefly outline some of the main characteristics of ‘Hindutva’, in order to meaningfully elaborate on the distinction emerging between it and ‘Moditva’. There is a rich, layered and wide-ranging body of work on Hindu nationalism, exploring it from a range of political perspectives. For our purposes, the broad contours of Hindutva that emerge from this body may be characterized as follows:
It emphasizes a singular Hindu identity as the identity of the people of India, overriding other affiliations such as caste, region, language, gender, even religion. Thus Christians or Muslims, for instance, are expected to first identify themselves as Hindu, and then as followers of their own faiths.…
‘Moditva’, and the Modi model of ‘development’ then, are far from being unanimously approved by the nation.… In light of the aggressiveness and impunity with which Hindutva agendas like re-conversion to Hinduism, revoking of Article 370 on Kashmir, attacks on Muslim and Christian, and so on are now being regularly executed, it seems a matter of time before another Emergency-like political instrument will be exercised – but this time with the full power of multinational business as well as of the network of Hindutva organizations to back it. The BJP’s election slogan – ‘Acchhe din aane wale hain’ (good days are coming) – is now, evidently and reverberantly, materializing for it.
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