Hindu nationalism and why 'being a philosopher in India can get you killed'


India’s ruling nationalist Hindu party, the BJP, swept to power in 2014 after a landslide victory in parliamentary elections – the first time a single party had won an outright majority in the Indian parliament in 30 years, propelling Hindu hardliner Narendra Modi as prime minister of the world’s largest democracy. Joseph Confavreux turned to two young Indian philosophers, Shaj Mohan and Divya Dwivedi, for their analysis of what they call the “invention” of Hinduism, and why they argue that “being a philosopher in India can get you killed”.

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Shaj Mohan and Divya Dwivedi are from among a new generation of Indian philosophers, and are the co-authors of Gandhi and Philosophy: On Theological Anti-Politics, a study of the concepts of Mahatma Gandhi (published by Bloomsbury).