Meher Shah


In the last decade, India has seen a rise of extreme far-right nationalism often referred to as the “Hindutva movement.” While the movement existed even before India obtained its independence in 1947, it recently gained unprecedented popularity and support among Indian citizens and non-resident Indians. Among the factors responsible for the Hindutva movement’s current popularity is blatant support and affiliation from the ruling political party, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). The BJP has been a leading endorser of the Hindutva ideology, bringing it back to the center stage of Indian politics.1 The rise and spread of the ideology and its resulting policies and discourse changes violate the human rights of many people in India, including but not limited to, individuals belonging to non-Hindu minorities.