Books

The Saffron Condition Politics of Repression and Exclusion in Neoliberal India

Author: Subhash Gatade
Publisher: Three Essays Collective (www. threeessays. com)
Pages: pp x+478, includes index
ISBN: 978-81-88789-75-7
Price: Rs 500

Subhash Gatade focuses on the right wing thrust in Indian polity during the first decade of the 21st century. His writings show that the ultra-right and Hindu nationalist political formations may have temporarily lost out in the race to retain governmental power at the Centre and may appear in disarray, but the agenda of the RSS sponsored Hindutva project for the Hindu rashtra is very much in the reckoning and enjoys widespread State complicity. The impact of neo-liberalism and majoritarianism and their consequences for democracy and human rights are meticulously documented. Above all, he shows what happens when dreams are deferred. No concerned citizen or student of contemporary India can afford to miss reading this book.

The essays in this book are organized in three sections:
1. Saffronization and the Neoliberal State
2. Logic of Caste in New India
3. State and Human Rights

Subhash Gatade is a well-known journalist, left-wing thinker and human rights activist. He edits Sandhan, a Hindi journal, and is author of Pahad Se Uncha Admi, a book on Dasrath Majhi for children, and Godse’s Children: Hindutva Terror in India (Pharos).

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2012 on page no. 19

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