Episode 10 show notes – India’s specter of fascism: Modi, Hindutva, and anti-Muslim violence, with Shehla Rashid

Moderate Rebels episode 10 – Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by Indian activist Shehla Rashid Shora, a leader in the student movement and a prominent leftist organizer.

Shehla discusses the growing influence of Hindutva, the far-right Hindu nationalist movement, under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP, and the Nazi-inspired RSS.

We analyze the alliance between the far-right governments in the US, India, and Israel, which are all united in their anti-Muslim “war on terror.” And we highlight India’s abandonment of Palestine.

Shehla also speaks of her experiences growing up amid conflict in Kashmir, the constant struggle against caste, and communal violence against Muslims and Dalits.

We address the specter of fascism haunting not just India, but much of the world, and talk about how neoliberal capitalism has fueled these ultra-nationalist politics.

TOPICS

0:00 – 5:47 Intro
5:47 – 9:54 Kashmir, women’s rights, student activism
9:54 – 14:50 Anti-Muslim violence, Modi
14:50 – 34:29 Hindutva, RSS, Modi, fascism
34:29 – 41:02 Neoliberalism, capitalism, fascism
41:02 – 45:00 Youth in India
45:00 – 52:30 India’s foreign policy, Israel-Palestine, China
52:30 – 58:31 The “war on terror” in India and the US
58:31 – 1:10:26 Kashmir
1:10:26 – 1:12:01 End

Show Notes

Shehla Rashid Shora and the JNU Student Union

Hindutva

Every Nation has necessarily its own National Race, Religion and Language…

German race pride has now become the topic of the day. To keep up the purity of the Race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of the Semitic Races—the Jews. Race pride at its highest has been manifested here. Germany has also shown how well-nigh impossible it is for Races and cultures, having differences going to the root, to be assimilated into one united whole, a good lesson for us in Hindusthan to learn and profit by.

Communal violence

Israel and India

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