India is proud of its argumentative tradition. But that culture of debate and tolerance has been increasingly attacked by Hindu nationalists since the 2014 election of their standard-bearer Narendra Modi as prime minister, with several particularly disturbing incidents last month.
In late February, a college at Delhi University arranged a seminar on nationalism, free speech, dissent and sedition. As panelists discussed India’s caste system, a mob of hundreds from the student wing of the Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, to which Mr. Modi belongs, surrounded the college.
Hindu nationalists led by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (A.B.V.P.), the student body of the R.S.S., had earlier objected to the inclusion of Umar Khalid, who attained prominence last year after being arrested along with other student leaders in connection with a protest over Kashmir.… Seguir leyendo »