Hindu Nationalist Movements Evoke Fears of Extremisim

January 12, 2004

Source: BBC News


On January 12, 2004 the BBC News ran an in-depth story on the fears of a growing Hindu extremism in India, in the wake of the Gujurat riots of 2002. The article reported on religious segregation and isolation of formerly integrated communities in the wake of the 2002 Hindu-Muslim riots. The article investigates the questions, "Is a new and more aggressive form of Hinduism emerging in India? If so, what would the implications be for Gujarat, for India as a whole, and for Hindus throughout the world?" Leaving the question largely unanswered after talking with representatives of various Hindu nationalist movements, including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the article concluded with a mention of two forthcoming article on "fears of Hindu extremism"--a report on the Indian communities of the United States and another from the Indian state of Rajasthan.