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Communal djinn and the vanishing State

Though there is no direct evidence that unemployed youth are drawn into furthering the communal agenda, they have lately erupted in job-related agitations for reservations and inclusion in OBC lists


Bharat Bhushan
The djinn has escaped from the bottle and is rampaging across India as the hijab row segues into objections against the use of loudspeakers for azaan (call for prayer) and the cacophony merges with Ram Navami violence. In Aligarh and Varanasi, chanting of Hanuman Chalisa outside mosques five times a day competes with prayer timings for Muslims. Raj Thackeray has threatened to replicate this in Maharashtra.

It seems clear that in the second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Hindutva social forces have decided to push ahead with their maximum agenda. Minorities will constantly be kept insecure and their religious and
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First Published: Apr 18 2022 | 8:55 AM IST

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