Modi and Me: A Political, Cultural & Religious Reawakening
Saurav Dutt, a prominent columnist and political commentator, as he examines the rise of Hindu nationalism and the emergence of Hindutva in Narendra Modi's India. In this uncensored and thought-provoking book, Dutt uncovers the layers of influence and impact surrounding these ideologies, arguing that they are a response to the challenges facing India's institutional landscape. Addressing the growing threat of Hinduphobia both in India and beyond, Dutt presents a comprehensive study that challenges prevailing narratives and provides a unique perspective on Indian politics, decolonization, and the nation's future.
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A columnist, author, and political commentator who has often been featured in TIME and Esquire magazines, Saurav Dutt provides a comprehensive study of how and why Narendra Modi’s India offers a powerful and unsparing bulwark against anti-Indian and anti-Hindu sentiments—in a country fractured by minority vote-bank politics, national-populism and ethno-religious division by left-wing supremacist ideologues. The book specifically tackles the emerging threat of Hinduphobia both in India and beyond.
Dutt examines why Hindu nationalism and the growth of Hindutva brings India towards a stronger form of ethnic democracy. It is Hindu nationalism that has propelled India’s economy, national security, federalism, foreign relations, legislative reach, judiciary, media and civil society, despite the overreach of communities and political groups that seek to relegate Hindus to second-class citizens at the receiving end of Hinduphobia.
The book explains why muscular Hindu nationalism is the best attack against the demagoguery of victimhood-led secularists, intellectuals, universities, and NGO’s, which want to govern not only in New Delhi, but also in the states. Hindu nationalism is also the defense against their constant threats to the just, secular, inclusive vision of India's Constitution-makers.
Dutt peels back layer after layer of cause and effect of the modern attempts to denigrate Hindu nationalism, religion, and the emergence of Hindutva. He argues that the latter are self-corrective means to combat the institutional collapse that lies ahead if the anti-establishmentarian populism of Narendra Modi, the BJP and the RSS does not continue to flourish.
Thought-provoking, controversial, and pulling no punches, this book is an essential read for anyone who wishes to understand the nature of politics in India, decolonisation and the very real threat of Hinduphobia.
This book attracted headlines in 2023, when it was de-platformed by Amazon. It is presented here uncut and uncensored for the first time.