‘Hindu Rashtra’: How Hindutva Has Created a Self-Propelled Market of Mobs

However, for now, the violence and agenda-setting function of these Hindutva organisations is crucial for the BJP in its project to fabricate a permanent Hindu political majority. That this project requires so much mob violence is an indication that it is still far from complete; while the Hindu majority is part enthusiastic and part indifferent to Muslim demonisation, it still holds on to other economic and political aspirations.

For the Muslims, this permanent state of communal tension is a new reality. They have faced communal conflagrations before, but they were always circumscribed by time and place and followed by long periods of calm, normalcy and hope. But they now face an uncertain future, dealing with the unsettling feeling of having a target on their back, with too many people having the incentive to zone in on that target.

(Asim Ali is a political researcher and columnist based in Delhi. He can be reached @AsimAli6. This is an opinion piece, and the views expressed are the author’s own. The Quint neither endorses nor is responsible for them.)

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