How serious is the threat of fascist ideology - Hindutva in India? The veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar believes that soft Hindutva is rising. He says that "what happened in Muzaffarnagar should be a warning for all of us"
September 8 marks third anniversary of the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots that resulted in at least 62 deaths including 52 Muslims and 10 Hindus. The riot has been described as the ‘worst in the recent history of Uttar Pradesh’.
“A country which has secular constitution and ethos should stay beware of this sort of sectarian politics. We—Hindus and Muslims—fought side by side against the colonial British empire and sought liberation from the British for a better tomorrow. Things haven't changed much though. The current situation apalls me. This is not the India we dreamt of and fought for,” he rued.
Recalling an encounter with a young Muslim boy from Jamia who felt very insecure as someone coming from a religious minority, he said that it is the duty of Hindus to make them feel secure. “It’s now the duty of Hindus, the majority community in the country, to retrieve the lost.”