12 Mar, 2016
Everything is projected through the lens of a narrow Hindutva definition of nationalism, leaving no room for tolerance and pluralism. Questioning the death penalty is attacked as anti-national; studying in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is anti-national; being a human rights worker in Chhattisgarh is anti-national; the ‘right to report’ is anti-national; and asking for transparency and accountability is anti-national. The propagators of this nationalism see the Constitution as an uncomfortable impediment that must be challenged by undermining its institutions and targeting its defenders. This deliberate orchestration must help us understand that it is not just the inconvenient (‘sickular’) person or collective being intimidated; the Constitution is under sinister attack and our secular democracy is at stake.