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Cow to temple politics: BJP strategy is about propagating Hindu nationalism

Polarisation is the principle goal though ways to achieve this are several.

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay 

In the second week of January 1993, Bharatiya Janata Party's undisputed leader of the time, LK Advani, addressing a press conference after his release from detention post demolition of the Babri Masjid, stupefied journalists with the declaration that the Ayodhya agitation was not all about constructing a Ram temple.

Few understood the importance of his claim and even fewer had clarity on what the Hindutva idea denoted. Little was known - barely a quarter of a century ago - how the nation, nationhood and nationalism was differently constructed in the discourse of the Rashtriya ...

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First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 10:18 IST
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