Hindu Nationalism in Politics

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Hindu Nationalism in Politics

From the three research studies of Patricia Lawrence, Richard Davis, and Paola Bacchetta, it explains many concepts of Hinduism and how they are used to fuel political agendas. Reading their papers, they explain Hindu nationalism through the prospective of many people, ranging from Kamlabehn, a member of the Rashtra Sevika Samiti, who is an atheist, to Vishwa Hindu Parisha who worships the god Rama. Also in these studies I came across, how Hindus would treat people from other religions with animosity.

The Hindus based their situation today on the story of Rama and how he (Hindus of today)defeated evil known as Ravana(the Muslims). Fighting over Rama birthplace is a way the Hindu use to show bhatki or devotion to the god, and see themselves as the warriors of Rama. Many of the groups in the articles below are fighting to get article 370 of the Indian constitution repealed. Article 370 of the constitution, states that Kashmir and Jammu are independent areas in India, though India does provide defense, communications and other necessities. Reason why that many Hindus want this article repealed is that the rulers of these areas are Muslims and as a results many Hindus in these regions have had many of their rights ignore, Many are not even allowed to own property in these areas and many have been forced to move out of the region as the Muslims leaders were allowed to do anything with impunity.

In Paola Bacchetta, article, All Our Goddesses are Armed, she talks about the Rashtriya Sevika Samiti. An all women organization which is a part of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. A paramilitary volunteer organization that only allowes males to be a part of it. Now, It is the core of the Hindu nationalist movement. Samiti is a paramilitary group that is trying to revolt against the domesticated femininity, and help women have an identity of their own. The Samiti accepts people from a wide range of backgrounds just as long as they...