Hindutva or Hind Swaraj

U.R Ananthamurthy | Translated from the Kannada by Keerti Ramachandra with Vivek Shanbhag

Wednesday | 1 June 2016 | 6:30 | Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

Ramachandra Guha and Rajan Gurukkal released the book and spoke on the occation.

The very last work of Jnanpith award winner and preeminent writer U.R. Ananthamurthy is a timely reading, and trenchant critique, of the rise of Hindutva nationalism in India. Juxtaposing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh founder V.D. Savarkar’s idea of Hindutva with M.K. Gandhi’s concept of Hind Swaraj, the book examines two directions that were open to India at the time of Independence. Born out of a meditation of the idea of the nation state and nationalism, and what the new power structures and centres mean for the very idea of India, the essay uses shifting tones and styles to make a deep, elegant and heartfelt point about the human cost of radicalization.

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We are reminded of what an important voice his was, and how sorely he is missed.

Sheldon Pollock

Scholar of Sanskrit, the intellectual and literary history of India

The age of manifesto is not yet over.

Shiv Visvanathan

Public intellectual and social scientist

A marvelous posthumous gift

Ashis Nandy

Political psychologist, social theorist, and critic

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