Modi's Hindutva

A Marxist view of Modi’s Hindutva

Peter Taaffe speaks to Jagadish Chandra, New Socialist Alternative (CWI in India)

The present day regime of the Modi-led BJP in India is getting more and more authoritarian. The patrons of the BJP, the apparatchiks of the RSS who undoubtedly draw their inspiration and motivation from the 20th Century extreme right wing ideologies of Fascism and Nazism, imagine they can establish an all-out Hindu Rashtra or Hindu Nation by artificially imposing a majoritarian and supremacist demagogy of Hindutva “philosophy”.

Since the advent of Modi to power in 2014, these reactionaries have let loose a reign of terror through their multi-pronged organisational set-up, which is euphemistically termed as ‘Sangh Parivar’. Attacks on Muslims, Christians and other minorities have increased ten-fold in the last couple of months. The centuries-old feudal practice of ‘untouchability’ and exclusion, which has hitherto been practiced and routinely perpetrated, is now openly heralded and has implicit state support under Modi.

This interview with Comrade Peter Taaffe of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) aims at analysing the present complex situation in India and bringing the collective experience of the CWI in understanding it from an internationalist perspective. We welcome discussion and debate on the issues raised and the analysis arrived at in this important interview which touches on the nature of the present Modi regime, the politics of the traditional left, the issue of Casteism and the approach that Socialists and Marxists should take towards these complex and important challenges.

  • Heraclitus kapila

    ran into this site accidentally. I am of neo Marxist/Ancient Indian Samskara philosophy and am shocked at the judeo christian theme in Marxism that rejects material conditions in favor of dogma,or the Aristotelian doxa that rejects emeprical evidence against dogma, I see no critical analaysis except invectives and labels, Typical of religious propaganda there is only name calling. Marx was basically correct in his dialectical materialism but his theory failed because he like the rest of the philosophers like Hegel, Kant and Hume could not come to grips with challanging the western dogmatic thinking, He never bothered to study the logic of Nyaya , Jains or the Buddhists because he was ensconsed in thinking that India had nothing to offer. I di my Ph.D thinkng the same thing. I discovered Indian logic accidentally and found that like Marx, Nyaya, Vaisesika, anekantavada ,etc are the philosophy of samskaras , a genus of which dialectical materialism is a species,
    Let me ask you . How do you see the annhilation of all cultures by Christians and Moslems in the world. Where is the Buddhist central Asia ,or the Zoroastrian Persia, Wher is the spiritual literature of the mayas and the incas?
    Does this have relevence to Marxism? Yes it does unless you are not a Marxist but an empericist like Hume and Ayer. Empericsm that shaves of history so it can deny a study into the ontological.
    The judeo-christian chauvanism , tranformed into bourgeois chauvanism has now become
    Your grief on Modi is that he might challenge the western narrative.

    an islamo fascist left wing,.

    Surreptitiously the left has left intact the entire theme of exclusivity of Christian/islamic
    now under the guise of reason.
    I think that the western thinkers along with the so called Marxists are sorry that India did not go the way of the new world and Persis and Central Asia, India survived the murderous monotheists . they wishe that India had become Islamist
    Blood is thicker then water. This facade of being an atheist means nothing . The jains and the Buddhists are atheists and yet they are a part of the Dharmic tradition
    My hope is that you have some critical anxiety left in you as I am an admirer of Trotsky to a degree