Of Saffron Flags and Skullcaps: Hindutva, Muslim Identity and the Idea of India

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Author: Ziya Us Salam

9789352807345 | PB | pp. 328 | 2018 | SAGE Select

This book attempts to trace the growth of the Hindutva ideology from the time of V.D. Savarkar and M.S. Golwalkar to the contemporary age, and how it precedes any talk of Muslim appeasement.

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We live in an age when most Muslims take pride in singing Saare Jahan Se Achcha, penned by Muhammad Iqbal. Many though have forgotten that the same poet-philosopher called Ram as Imam-e-Hind. The Hindutva forces, meanwhile, have forgotten the unifying Saare Jahan Se Achcha in their pursuit of divisive nationalism. Their exclusionary politics stems from a mindset of self-limiting segregation: a world of ‘we’ and ‘they’, a world where a Muslim man is lynched for refusing to say ‘Vande Mataram’.

Of Saffron Flags and Skullcaps attempts to trace the growth of the Hindutva ideology from the time of V.D. Savarkar and M.S. Golwalkar to the contemporary age, and how it precedes any talk of Muslim appeasement. Faced with these existential challenges, the Muslim community is involved in simultaneous churning within where the words of Islamic scholar and teacher Farhat Hashmi are bringing about a silent change at the grassroots level. Amidst all the challenges, the idea of India, often challenged, continues to show the way to a nation looking for direction.

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Author:

Ziya Us Salam

ISBN:

9789352807345

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

328

Year of Publishing:

2018

Publisher:

SAGE Select

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

The author is a noted literary and social commentator. He has been associated with The Hindu for more than 18 years. He has been The Hindu’s Features Editor for North India editions for 16 years. At present, he is Associate Editor, Frontline, and writes on sociocultural issues for the magazine besides doing book reviews. His book Of Saffron Flags and Skullcaps was released in 2018. The same year, Till Talaq Do Us Part, a study of various divorce options available in Islam, was released.

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