FASCISM & COMMUNALISM CONSIDERATIONS
The surge in Hindutva politics in the late
1980s raised the crucial question of the similarities and
dissimilarities between communalism and fascism.
The demolition of the Babri mosque in 1992
and subsequent widespread violence of 1992-93, the formation of
a BJP led government in 1998, and particularly the Gujarat
Carnage of 2002 lent even greater urgency and sharpness to the
debate., It dwells on
the specificity of the Gujarat Carnage as well as the
characteristics of the Sangh Parivar. It also explores the
essential distinguishing traits of fascism – as a generic
movement. It then seeks to compare the classic fascist
organizations and the Sangh Parivar.
The Introduction and Conclusion (called
Prelude and Afterthoughts) attempt to place the debate in the
context of contemporary Indian reality.. This short book examines the question in some
detail essentially for the general, non-specialist
Sandeep Pendse, based in Mumbai, is an independent researcher
Secularism and Secular Action
The constant attack on the secular
fabric of the Indian society in the last two decades has been
raising a fundamental issue about the concept of secularism -
its alien-ness to India.
This little booklet is a modest
attempt to trace the concept of secularism, and to touch upon
related debates surrounding the issue. It also tries to look at
the element of the rationality of the concept as being a tool
for organizing society in times of crisis; especially, in the
case of India, it focuses on the freedom movement and the rise
of the concept of secularism.
It finally looks at the various
attempts made by civil society organizations and institutions to
restore the secular fabric of our society.
Shweta Damle is a Mumbai based
Edge: a FactSheet
each communal riot is a retrograde expression it also signifies
that Indian society is rapidly being transformed. While this does
not imply that we condone communalism, we do believe that the
peculiar nature of Indian capitalist development has legitimised
communal heirarchies. Thus the problem cannot be wished away; it
will remain an integral part of Indian politics and society until
the path of economic development itself undergoes a national
Knowledge Space: All knowledge is slow.. In
this space CED wishes to take this process slower .. share,
collaborate, and jointly co-critique ideas.