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India through its cities

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Review. Where is India going? In the hands of Hindu nationalists, it certainly departs from the cliché of the greatest democracy on the planet. Since he started his second term after the May 2019 elections, from which his party, the BJP, has triumphantly emerged, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tirelessly aligned the most controversial reforms.

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In mid-summer 2019, the government revoked the autonomy status of Kashmir, 80% Muslim. The region has remained locked ever since. At the end of August, a census was published in Assam state, in the north-east of the country, which risks excluding 2 million people from Indian citizenship. Then, in December, an amendment was adopted to regularize refugees from neighboring countries, excluding disciples of the Prophet. The ghettoisation of the 180 million Indian Muslims is accelerating at a worrying rate, in favor of the project of "Hindutva", or "Hinduism" – an India for Hindus.

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Review Critical notes that the gravity of the Indian situation is largely ignored or underestimated in France, and takes the gamble to delve into it in its number published on February 6 under the title "Colossal and Capital India". For this exploration of such a vast field, the new issue of the magazine founded by Georges Bataille is docked at an angle, that of Indian cities and what their past, their structure and their development can translate from this society to inequalities. glaring and latent community conflicts. It also makes the wise choice to entrust the writing of three quarters of the articles to Indian citizens, more likely than anyone, in a country with a bubbling intellectual life, to point out the fractures.

Rejection of human rights

The number was conceived by the philosopher Divya Dwivedi, which draws, from the first pages, the report of a rejection of the human rights and the democracy by the referees of "Indianness" as foreign ideas , associated with colonization. Then comes the novelist Arundhati Roy, author of God of little things, which emphasizes that the spirit of sedition in India today is a duty.

"We come to this descent into large urban centers, with a rich past, often erased then reinvented, and what they tell us about the country"

We then come to this descent into large urban centers, with a rich past, often erased then reinvented, and what they tell us about the country. Writer and civil rights activist Anand Teltumbde takes the reader to Nagpur, home to the headquarters of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Association of National Volunteers, a mass ultranationalist organization that is the backbone of the ruling party.

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