Why Is India’s Government Celebrating an Antisemitic, Pro-genocide Hitler Devotee? – By Samaan Lateef
On February 19th, India’s government celebrated a Nazi sympathizer who called to replicate Hitler’s extermination of the Jews, but in India – and this time, targeting Muslims.
As several Hindu nationalist leaders, and ministers from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, hailed the government’s decision, India’s Culture Ministry paid tributes to him, calling him a “great thinker, scholar, and remarkable leader”….
For many critical voices in India, though, it was a sign of how the far fringe has become mainstream over the past decade or so…. Why was this particular Nazi devotee being celebrated with so much official pomp by the Modi government? Because he was one of the key founding ideologues of Hindu nationalism – a particularly strident, toxic form at that….