Nationalism is not necessarily a blessing, it can be a curse as well. Hitler was a die-hard nationalist, who butchered 6 million Jews (of which lakhs were German citizens) in the national interest. He slaughtered millions of others and caused the Second World War for the same reason. Britain, France and many other nations of Europe conquered scores of countries by hook or by crook and looted their colonies to enrich their own countries.
The Sangh Parivar has been attacking the Supreme Court for deferring the hearing of the Babari Masjid - Ram Mandir case. From their attack on the apex court, one may get the impression that they have a fool proof case, and if the case had been heard they were bound to win and would have construct the Mandir. But the reason is the very opposite.
In the wake of the retirement of the then incumbent Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra (who retired on 2nd October, 2018), a flurry of cases with came to be decided in the last fortnight of September upto 01st October, 2018 with great, and equally, grave implications for the future of constitutional laws and human rights in the country.
Given the secular orientation of the Indian Constitution, it simply cannot accommodate the corporate backed Hindu Nationalist agenda. Hindutva forces cannot bring in a “Hindu Rashtra” within the term and provisions of the Indian Constitution as it now stands.
In an unprecedented manner, in the early morning hours of 28th August, 2018, the Pune - Maharashtra police, assisted by local state police, simultaneously launched a multi-state raid in the houses of 5 prominent human rights activist in Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Thane, arresting