The word ‘Hindu’ is in the news, both as a political and cultural identity. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat believes all those who live in Hindustan are Hindus. For book policeman Dinanath Batra Hindu is a crusading word, evoking a campaign against Macaulayite secularists who have monopolized Indian thought and education. ‘Hindu’ is posited as the opposite of the rootless and the westernized, India’s Hindu past an ’Indian’ riposte to western imperialism.
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