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Book Reviews

Paradigm shift
by Ranjit Hoskote [May 3, 2005]
Prophets Facing Backward : Postmodernism, Science and Hindu Nationalism: Meera Nanda. Permanent Black, Delhi.

Once Enemies, Now Friends
Arnab Bhattacharya [April 29, 2005]
Hindutva and Dalits: Perspectives for Understanding Communal Praxis
Edited by Anand Teltumbde,
Samya, Rs 500

Exposing a Maharashtra legend
by Piyush Mathur [Asia Times, October 9, 2004]

Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India by James W Laine

Revisiting the 'Secular' Ideal
by S Irfan Habib [EPW Book Review September 4, 2004]
In Defence of Our Dreams, 12 CDs of Lectures and Documentary Films, produced by Gauhar Raza for ANHAD, New Delhi, 2004; Rs 1,000.

Emulating the threatening 'Other'
[ Times of India, July 17, 2004]

Hindutva: Exploring the Idea of Hindu Nationalism
By Jyotirmaya Sharma
Viking Penguin India, New Delhi, 2004,
205 pp., Rs 350

A secular response
by Praful Bidwai (Frontline, Jul. 17 - 30, 2004)
Will Secular India Survive? by Mushirul Hasan (ed); Imprint One, Delhi, distributed by Manohar Books, New Delhi; Rs.800.

The Right and the Right
review by Ritu Menon (April 2004)
Will Secular India Survive Edited by Mushirul Hasan
Imprint One [India]

Hindutva and history
review by A.G. Noorani

Somanatha: The Many Voices of a History by Romila Thapar [Viking]

Mapping The Path of the Parivar review by KK (April 2004)
The Path of the Parivar by Mukul Dube [Three Essays Collective, New Delhi]

Review by Christopher Lee (February 2004) Beyond Hindu and Muslim: Multiple Identity in Narratives from Village India. Peter Gottschalk. [New York: Oxford University Press, 2000].

Hindutva's Hoax
review by Siriyavan Anand (October, 2003)
Breaking the Spell of Dharma and Other Essays
by Meera Nanda
[Three Essays Collective, New Delhi]

On A Collusion Course
review by Jawid Laiq (Oct 27, 2003)
The Production of Hindu-Muslim Violence in Contemporary India
by Paul R. Brass

[See also review of the Paul Brassbook by Thomas Blom Hansen (Nov 2003) ]

Savarkar re-examined
review by Pradip Kumar Datta (April 2003)
Savarkar and Hindutva: The Godse Connection
by A.G. Noorani [LeftWord Books, New Delhi]

Evolution of an ideology reviewed by V. Krishna Ananth (Oct 22, 2002)
Hindutva Demystified
by Virendra Prakash [Virgo Publications, L-67A, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi-110017.]

Father, Son and The Unholy Mission
review by Ram Puniyani (September 2002)
The RSS and the BJP: A Division of Labor, by A.G.Noorani,
Left Word, 12 Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi 110001,PB, Rs.75)

Violence, Stripped To Its Core
review by Pratap Bhanu Mehta Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy
by Siddharth Varadarajan
[Penguin, New Delhi]

The gastronomic legends and taboos of Indiaís modern Hindu chauvinism review by Susan Watkins
The Myth of the Holy Cow
by D. N. Jha

>> More Books Reviews


Hindutva at work News
For recent news on Hindutva at work visit the Hindutva at work blog

From the News URLs Archive

Secularists helped ISI spread network: VHP
Press Trust of India (January 28, 2003)

Himachal VHP asks parties to include its demands in manifestos (Outlook India, India - 17 Jan 2003)

Sufi shrine centre of communal tension The Hindustan Times, January 16, 2003 

Victims blame VHP for 'organised' violence (Bhopal) (indian Express)

The Telegraph, January 17, 2003
Sangh drags scandal into pastor attack

The Indian Express
Violence in Vadodara

US missionary attacked in India  -  BBC (Jan 15, 2003)

Poll panel keeps leash on Modi
[3 Nov'02]

Shiv Sena sets up neo-natal ICU in Thane village [2 Nov'02]
Communal tension grips Patapol area of Cuttack (Oct, 02)

Selected Articles in Chronological order

Orissa: Hindutva's Violent History
by Angana Chatterji (
September 5, 2008)

Then they came for Christians . . .
by Ram Puniyani (September 5, 2008)

India: Shameless failure of state to control Hindu supremacists
by Antara Dev Sen (September 4, 2008)

Religious Violence Drives India's Descent into Obscurantism
by Javed Naqvi (September 1, 2008)
'Communalism could have been controlled'
An Interview with Bipan Chandra
(September 1, 2008)

One India: Two Peoples
Holy cows & scapegoats

by Subhas Gatade [August 29 2008]

The Hindutva Movement and Politics: The Case of Vishva Hindu Parishad
by Geeta Puri [August 18, 2008]

Spiritual As Criminal:
Time to Ban 'Hindu Janjagruti Samiti' and 'Sanatan Santha'

by Subhash Gatade [July 3, 2008]

Statement to official commission of Inquiry re communal violence in Kandhamal, Orissa
by Angana Chatterji [May 30, 2008]

Kirtibhai: Between criminal and spiritual
by Subhash Gatade [April 16, 2008]

Growing Hinduisation of the public sphere in India
by Meera Nanda

Fears for Democracy in India
by Martha C. Nussbaum [May 18, 2007]

Revisiting Babri
by Ram Puniyani
[March 23, 2007]

Yogi Adityanath's crocodile tears
by Subhash Gatade [March 13, 2007]

Gujarat 2002: The Long Shadow
by Bina Srinivasan [March 3, 2007]

Hindutva's Uncivil Society in Eastern UP:
Its time stop the hate spewing yogi of Gorakhpur

by  Subhashini Ali [February 2007]

'Yogi Parighatna: Poorvi Uttar Pradeh Mein Hindu Rashtra ki Dastak'
[Hindu Rashtra knocking on the door in eastern UP -- A booklet in Hindi]
by Subhash Gatade [ February 24, 2007]

Refuse to sit by and let mass crimes go unpunished
by Teesta Setalvad [ February 20, 2007]

Using hate a weapon to gain power
by Vidya Bhusahan Rawat [February 12, 2007]

Lengthening shadows of swastika in Gujarat
by Ram Puniyani [February 4, 2007]

Making hindutva, eating smosas in America
by Gautam Bhatia [January 27, 2007]

Return of the rightwing textbooks
by Apoorvanand [January 17, 2007]

Secularism without Secularisation
by Meera Nanda [January 6, 2007]

Emphasizing ‘Others’: the emergence of Hindu nationalism in a central Indian tribal community
by Peggy Froerer
[?, 2006]

RSS: Cultural or Political
by Ram Puniyani [October 20, 2006]

A litmus test of impartiality
by Praful Bidwai [September 23, 2006]

Karmayogi - Golwalkar Guruji
Coming soon to a theare near you

by Subhash Gatade
[Aug 15, 2006]

When is violence 'terror' and when is it not?
by M R Narayan Swamy
[Aug 2, 2006]

Jammu and Kashmir: Pilgrim’s Progress Causes Regression
by Gautam Navlakha [July 8, 2006]

Finding our common ground
by Amartya Sen [May 31, 2006]

Wages of Hate
Harsh Mander [May 8, 2006]

What Contitutes the Real Threat to India
by Subhash Gatade [April 22, 2006]

M.S. Golwalkar: Conceptualizing Hindutva Fascism
by Ram Puniyani
[March 6, 2006]

Sanitising the Supremo! On the birth anniversary of Golwalkar Guruji
Subhash Gatade [February 21, 2006]

Encore Soft Hindutva
Subhash Gatade [January 19, 2006]

Incursions of Hindutva
Harsh Mander [January 7, 2006]

Now, Hindu Nationalists Rewriting California Textbooks
by Angana Chatterji
[January 6, 2006]

Secularism and the Gujarat state: 1960-2005
by Nikita Sud
[November 2005]

Adivasi Encounters with Hindu Nationalism in Madhya Pradesh
by Amita Baviskar
[November 2005]

The Rise of Hindu Nationalism in India: The Case Study of Ahmedabad in the 1980s
by Ornit Shani

Madhya Pradesh: Lengthening Trident Shadows - Trishuld Diksha in Jabalpur
by Ram Puniyani [September 16, 2005]

India: "Our" Women, "Their" - Women Communal Ideology and Women
by Ram Puniyani [August 15, 2005]

India: 1984 Revisited - Times for National Audit

Personal Reflections by Lalitha Ramdas [August 15, 2005]

Justice Delayed Should not be Justice Denied
by Smitu Kothari [August 15, 2005]

A Misfired Apology
by Sangeeta Mall

The Contours of a Communal Violence Law
An evaluation of the Communal Violence (Suppression) Bill, 2005

by Colin Gonsalves [August 13, 2005]

Shameless collaborators
V.B.Rawat [August 11, 2005]

Dilemmas of Public Reason
Secularism and Religious Violence in Contemporary India

by M S S Pandian
[May 28-June 4, 2005]

A Dangerous Illusion
by Mukul Dube (Introductory essay written for The Parivar Raj and After, to be published by the Vikas Adhyayan Kendra, Mumbai, early in August 2005) [May 26, 2005]

The Monkey God's Army
The Chief of Staff in Hanuman's [Bajrang Dal] Army
by Eliza Griswold [May 18, 2005]

The Monkey God's Army
The RSS and Bollywood
by Eliza Griswold [May 19, 2005]

The BJP-RSS equation
by A.G. Noorani
[May 7, 2005]

Study of textbooks evokes concern [May 2, 2005]

Worker Politics, Trade Unions and the Shiv Sena's Rise in Central Bombay
by Juned Shaikh [April 30, 2005]

This law won't prevent a Gujarat
by Harsh Mander [April 26, 2005]

UPA answer to communal violence: Army rule, Delhi rule
by Navika Kumar [April 23, 2005]

RSS and the Gender Question
by Ram Puniyani
[April 17, 2005]

Repressed Sexuality as a trigger for Violence
by Rakesh Shukla [April 15, 2005]

Will Lotus Bloom or Wither?
25 years of Bharatiya Janata Party
by Ram Puniyani [April 10, 2005]

Masks Unlimited - Vajpayee, Babri Demolition and Gujarat Riots
by Ram Puniyani [March 10, 2005]

The Ethics of Collective Vengeance
by Harsh Mander [March 8, 2005]

On Muslim Women in Gujarat
by Mukul Dube [March 8, 2005]

Cinema & Secularism
by Mahesh Bhatt [Communalism Combat, February 2005]

On Keeping One's Eyes Open
by Mukul Dube
[February 14, 2005]

RSS rides the tsunami tide
by PC Vinoj Kumar

Beyond Hindu-Muslim Growth Rates
by Ashish Bose [January 29, 2005]

Saffron Demography, Common Wisdom, Aspirations and Uneven Governmentalities by Roger Jeffery and Patricia Jeffery [January 29, 2005]

"But, Who Lit the Fire ? "
by Praful Bidwai [January 29, 2005]

Truth about Godhra [Parts I-VI] [Part VII]
Siddharth Varadarajan [January 23, 2005]

Always Already Secular?
by Sasheej Hegde
[January 22, 2005]

Taking advantage of public generosity
RSS tries to enter South with aid

by Ashish Kumar Sen
[January 6, 2005]

The Ramjanmabhumi Drama: The Post-Demolition Scene
by S. P. Udayakumar [November 13, 2004]

The twist doesn't change the tale
by J Sri Raman (November 11, 2004)

Lie of the State: Zahira Symbolises Flaws in Prosecution Process
by Anil Dharker (November 11, 2004)

Improbability Ratio
This Population Projection Defies Common Sense
by Mukul Dube (November 9, 2004)

1984 in the life of a nation
by Indira Jaisingh (Nov 1, 2004)

Development of an Institutionalised Riot System in Meerut City, 1961 to 1982
by Paul R Brass (Oct 30, 2004)

Assassination of the Mahatma
by K.N. Panikkar (Oct 28, 2004)

Erasing the Past for Present Political Agenda
by Ram Puniyani (October 11, 2004)

India: Hindutvaisation of a Gorakhnath Mutt
Subhash Gatade (October 8, 2004)

Censuses, Communalism, Gender and Identity
by Charu Gupta (September 25, 2004)

The women of the Sangh
by Jyotirmaya Sharma (September 24, 2004)

Victim of brahmanical secularism in India
by V.B.Rawat (September 22, 2004)

Census Follies - Editorial, The Hindu (September 13, 2004)

Indian census and sensibilities
by Shardul Chaturvedi (September 12, 2004)

The violence by tribals against Muslims in Rajasthan
by T K Rajalakshmi (September 11, 2004)

Caught in historical cliches
by Praful Bidwai (September 11, 2004)

BJP's census itch: there's a 247 yr hitch
by Shankar Raghuraman
(September 10, 2004)

India: Manufacturing Hysteria:
On Census-Inspired 'Nationalism'

Letter by S. Subramainian, and S. Jayaraj [September 9, 2004]

Are we still singing for the Empire?
by Pradip Kumar Datta [September 8, 2004]

Veer of a Different Kind
Footsoldiers in Search of an Icon

by Subhash Gatade
(September 6, 2004)

Love in the Times of Slaughter
by Harsh Mander
(28 August 2004)

Heroic Hindutva 1: SAVARKAR
Heroic Hindutva 2: UMA BHARTI

by Mukul Dube (26 August 2004)

BJP's new stunt
by Praful Bidwai (August 26, 2004)

A law of diminishing hatred
by Harsh Mander (26 August 2004)

Communal violence: Need for robust law on genocide
Siddharth Varadarajan (August 25, 2004)

The Civilised Family
by Mukul Dube (August 14, 2004)

State Accountability in Communal Riots:
Proposed Law on Duties of State Authorities

by Harsh Mander (August 13, 2004)

India: Demonising Minorities:
The Burden of 'Dev'

by Harsh Mander
(July 11, 2004)

Dharmic Ecology and the Neo-Pagan International: The Dangers of Religious Environmentalism in India
by Meera Nanda (July 8, 2004)

The invention of the Hindu
by Pankaj Mishra (June 11, 2004, Axess)

Another fling at Shariat
by I.A. Rehman (June 8, 2004)

Down, but not out
by K.N. Panikkar (June 5, 2004)

Calling India's freethinkers
by Meera Nanda
(May 22, 2004)

Dangerous Liasons: Hindu Nationalism and Buddhist Radicalism in Ladakh
by Martijn Van Beek (Spring 2004)

In Support of the French Secularism by V.B. Rawat (April 24, 2004)

Teaching to Hate: RSS' Pedagogical Programme
by Nandini Sundar (April 17, 2004)

Forest of the Night: BJP sops to Tribals a poll ploy
by Nandini Sundar (March 20, 2004)

In the Name of Nationalism by K. N. Panikkar (March 13, 2004)

The Future of The Indian Past
by Romila Thapar
(February 21, 2004)

Intimidating Trident: Communalism 2003 by Ram Puniyani (January 1, 2004)

'Community' and 'Nation': Groping for Alternative Narratives
by Mahua Sarkar (EPW, December 27, 2003)

Return to Gujarat
One man's struggle for justice for his murdered brother
(BBC News, 31 December 2004)

A comment on the Assembly Elections of 2003 by Mukul Dube(December 31, 2003)

Social Engineering to the Fore by Ram Puniyani (December 22, 2003)

Postmodernism, Hindu nationalism and 'Vedic science' - Part1 and Part 2 by Meera Nanda (Frontline, Dec.20, 2003 - Jan.2, 2004 and Jan. 3-16, 2004)

Gradual institutionalization of Hindutva in India: US (Sify News, Dec. 20, 2003)

The Colours of Army Green by Praveen Swami (Frontline Dec.20, 2003 - Jan.2, 2004)

Modi's latest to SC: if you move riot cases out, it may put communal harmony in danger by Manoj Mitta (Indian Express, December 20, 2003)

 Sing Vande Mataram or face the music: New Rajasthan govt's first decision (Indian Express, December 16, 2003)

'Gujarat pogrom being rewritten' by Rashmee Z Ahmed (The Times of India, December 14, 2003)

It's still abnormal by Praful Bidwai
(Hindustan Times, December 12, 2003)

Beware The Core Ideology - Secularism cannot be left to the mercy of political parties by Rudrangshu Mukherjee

A dangerous Us and Them mindset
Assam's fear of the outsider is not a new phenomenon
Sudhanshu Ranjan (Indian Express - 21 Nov 2003)

Islamist Militancy in Kashmir: The Case of the Lashkar-i Tayyeba by Yoginder Sikand (November 20, 2003)

Learning in Saffron: RSS Schools in Orissa
by Angana Chatterji (November 13, 2003)

Bribetaking Dileep Singh Judeo Judeo, is a key figure in the RSS strategy of Hinduizing adivasis through the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram (VKA) program, particularly in Eastern Madhya Pradesh. VKAs played a significant role in the violence in rural Gujarat last year and they are also the recipients of a large proportion of overseas Hindutva funding. See reports and stories at Outlook and the Indian Express

Hindutva's strategic crisis
by Praful Bidwai (Rediff, India - 3 Nov 2003)

India's 'lab' for divisive politics
Gujarat state is the testing ground for fundamentalists' `Hindutva' strategy of demonizing Muslims to solidify power
by Martin Regg Cohn (Toronto Star, Canada - 26 Oct 2003)

Hindutva's Entry into a 'Hindu Province': Early Years of RSS in Orissa
by Pralay Kanungo (EPW, August 2, 2008)

Justice Elusive in India Violence - Washington Post (Jul 10, 2003)

The scars of nationalism
Suburban Hindu nationalists say their shakhas promote pride, but in India similar groups are linked to atrocities
by Rukmini Callimachi (April 2003)

Restore India's Secular Political Culture
by Smita Narula (February 27, 2003)

India: Communal Riots 2002
by Asghar Ali Engineer (January 17, 2003)

From 2002

A modicum of clarity, please by N. Bala Ganesan (Dec 24, 2002, The Hindu)

Vajpayee's last chance
By Praful Bidwai (The Hindustan Times, 2002)

Fangs and Fury
Feeling betrayed by the BJP, the Sangh ups its vicious ante, holding governance to ransom

Ranjit Bhushan, Saba Naqvi Bhaumik (Outlook)

Sangh Parivar above the law?
By Neena Vyas (The Hindu, October 21, 2002)

Blueprint For  A Hindu India
By Mohit Sen
(The Telegraph, July 17, 2002)

Holy lies
By Pankaj Mishra (The Guardian, Saturday April 6, 2002)
A holy site in the small Indian town of Ayodhya has become the focus of communal strife between Hindu nationalists and Muslims


'Godmother': Contesting Communal Politics in Drought Land
by Svati Joshi (EPW, December 2, 2000)

Communalism Combat
Coalition Against Communalism
South Asia Citizens Web

Campaigns and Citizens Action:

Citizens Delegation Meets the President re Violence in Orissa
- Press Note and Memo [1 Sept, 2008]

’State Ka Order Hai’
A Report of by Shabnam Hashmi
An Independent Fact Finding Team into incident of incidents of July 3-4, 2008 in Indore [August 29, 2008]

SAHMAT exhibit on MF Hussain Attacked - Join the protest on August 25, 2008 [August 24, 2008]

Statement by Academics and Activists on the Harassment of Ashis Nandy
[June 16, 2008]

Unmistakably Sangh: The National HSC and its Hindutva Agenda
A report by The Campaign To Stop Funding Hate [January 
17, 2008]

Please sign the petition re-attack on ms  university, Gujarat

Response to Gujarat Relief Package
A Press Release by Antarik Visthapit Hak Rakshak Samiti
[March 23, 2006]

Citizens appeal for impartial prosecution of Sajjan Kumar, Congress (I) MP
[March 20, 2006]

Inside Gujarat’s Relief Colonies
Surviving State Hostility and Denial

by Harsh Mander [December 16, 2006]

Vadodara: Violence on Gujarat's "Gaurav" Day
- A PUCL Interim Report, May 1-13, 2006

India - Gujarat: Untold Story of Hindukaran (Proselyisation) of Adivasi's (Tribals) in Dangs
by Citizen's Inquiry Committee
[January 3, 2005]

Text of citizens statement re the Indian Prime minister's comments in the Rajya Sabha following refusal of US Visa to Narendra Modi

Genocide in Gujarat: The Sangh Parivar, Narendra Modi, and the Government of Gujarat A report prepared for the Coalition Against Genocide - March 02, 2005.[on SACW since March 15, 2005]

A Report on the Fourth Meeting of All India Secular Forum [Jan 22-23, 2005]

Beware of Funding Hate - Press Release by Awaaz South Asia [January 6, 2005]

CSFH Urges Responsible Giving in the Wake of Tsunami Tragedy [January 2, 2005]

Draft: The Communal Crimes Act , 2004 Proposed by Human Rights Law Network, Anhad, Jansangharsh Manch, Centre for Study of Society and Secularism [December 2004]

Gujarat Genocide Trials: Appeal For The Protection of Witnesses by Mukul Dube and Harsh Kapoor (November 7, 2004)

Reject Politics of Exclusion (leaflet by Secular activists during Maharastra state elections) [SACW | October 10, 2004]

Online Petition in Defence of Prof D'Mello fired for questioning Hindutva influence in Management school (Aug 18, 2004)

Online Petition To Protest against ban by India's Censor Board on the documentary film Final Solution (August 9, 2004)

Attacked Indian Scribes Demand Arrest of Politicians (July 9, 2004)

Appeal from Karnataka to defend a Sufi shrine facing an onslaught by the Hindu Right (25 Nov 2003)

Defeat BJP, Defeat Communalism, Save India An appeal to voters by Secular Morcha (24 Nov, 2003)

Anhad protest against Modi (24 Nov 2003)

Long Distance Call
Interview with Raju Rajagopal
Recently, some 80 NRI organisations came together to form an umbrella body called 'Promise of India' (POI), with a view to voicing their collective concerns on communal harmony and development issues. (The Times of India, Nov 7, 2003)

On Line Petition / appeal to India's Prime Minister to stop harassment of Dr. Mallika Sarabhai. (29 October 2003)

Online Petition to [be submitted to] the Medical Council of India seeking action against Dr Praveen Tagodia (leader of the Hindu Far Right) for incitement to hate.

Mumbai puts on mask to show Modi his 'real face'
Express News Service (January 13, 2003)

In the love of common people
Mohammed Wajihuddin
Mumbai, January 7

Amnesty wants action against Ashok Singhal
Times News Network, October 18, 2002

Rights Activists Decry Hate Campaign against Indian Writer

Documents / Reports

A Foreign Exchange of Hate:
IDRF and the American Funding

of Hindutva

by Sabrang Communications / SACW
[20 November 2002]

Communalism & Religious Fundamentalism: A source list
by Harsh Kapoor (Extracts from an ongoing database)

The film script of 'Godhra Tak': The terror Trail a documentary film by Shubhradeep Chakravorty [2003]

Thematic Collections

The State & CommunalismPolicing Ram

Police In India: Institutionalized communalism in the police force: The breakdown in the criminal justice system
by Colin Gonsalves (August 15, 2002)

Where there's a will, there's a way
by Vidyadhar Date (May 03, 2002)
V N Rai, Uttar Pradesh's inspector-general of police who has done considerable research on communal riots, feels that the police can certainly check communal riots if they want to.

Articles / Documents Archive [Click on the image]Sudhir Patwardhan Riots 1996

Peddlers of Hate in the Name of Religion

Take a tour of the Hindu Fundamentalist Circuit and of South Asia's Muslim Right