Essay

Merchant of hate

Print edition : November 11, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the release of the full volume of works of Deendayal Upadhyaya, in New Delhi on October 9. Photo: PTI

L.K. Advani with Modi at the inauguration of the Deendayal Upadhyaya Centenary year celebration in Kozhikode, Kerala, on September 25. Photo: S. RAMESHKURUP

At a “ghar wapsi” ceremony for “reconverted” Dalit Christians, organised by the Hindu Munnani group, at Chengimottur in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. A file photograph. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The BJP’s clear attempts to extend to Deendayal Upadhyaya the kind of iconic status that Mahatma Gandhi enjoys in India are in line with the Jana Sangh ideologue’s espousal of a Hindu state where the minorities would have a place only if they shed their own religious identities.
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