In contemporary India, the rise of the BJP has transformed the university into a battleground with both ideological assaults and physical violence directed at those challenging the the current government’s Hindutva ideology and policy. The panel here discusses the modes of knowledge production and dissemination through various organisations demonstrating the wide networks and actors at work in normalising Hindutva ideology, as well as the use of violence used to suppress the critique of it. KSM’s Mehroosh Tak contextualises the role of violence against Kashmiri students in India in relation to the Hindutva project, the politics of the ‘Azadi’ slogan with its origins in Kashmir, as well as the routine violence against the people of the Kashmir valley by the Indian army.
The event was organised by Queen Mary’s South Asia Forum. For more info please visit southasia.qmul.ac.uk
• Mehroosh Tak, Kashmir Solidarity Movement
• Akanksha Mehta, Goldsmiths, University of London
• Meena Dhanda, University of Wolverhampton
- Rahul Rao, SOAS, University of London
• Akshi Singh, Queen Mary University of London
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