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Lost political narratives: What earns Swami Agnivesh ire of powers that be

It is his standing up for the rights of the pahadiya adivasis that makes him a trouble-maker and he is doubly annoying as he is a sanyasi who is not speaking the language of Hindutva

Swami Agnivesh
Swami Agnivesh

On the afternoon of July 17, in the town of Pakur in the state of Jharkhand, a group of Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha workers affiliated with BJP, gheroaed Swami Agnivesh, raised slogans of ‘Jai Sri Ram’ and severaly beat him. He was saved by a group of journalists just in time.   Two narratives have emerged in the wake of the mob attack. The Hindutva narrative presents Swami Agnivesh as not being a good Hindu or not being Hindu enough and, therefore, the attack on him being a legitimate one. The Hindutvavadis have no discomfort with the presence of sanyasis in democratic ...