Sagarika Ghose writes about recent incidents:

The Ramdev phenomenon and to some extent the Anna campaign are part of a new revolution. This is India’s rightwing nationalist revolution. It is rightwing because it is based on national pride and individual entitlement; it is a movement of the middle and lower middle class buoyed up by 9 per cent growth which now seeks a responsive, overtly honest government and a hard state.

This rightwing revolution is closely linked to a Hindu consolidation spreading through society. Perhaps as a backlash to globalization, urban religiosity and bharatiya sankriti are fashionable; faith in gurus is growing and cuts across class.

To put it mildly, let’s just call it questionable logic.

[Where is Ram Jethmalani when you need him?]

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