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29 Mar, 2014

Why battleground Varanasi is different – The Hindu

Mr. Modi sees the Varanasi of Hindutva. Mr. Kejriwal claims a more relaxed but lived Hinduism. He signals a holiness, which allows for difference, which generates the secular. He hints at the Varanasi of amity, of many faiths rather than a saffron Varanasi. For Mr. Kejriwal, the colours of Varanasi go beyond saffron and he is not ready to yield the symbolism of saffron to the Sangh Parivar. There is a quiet contest about what it means to be Hindu without invoking the opposition of Hindu versus Muslim.

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