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Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Rise of Fascism in India : Guest Post by Fred Curran

While many in the west are frightened of their own local fascist manifestations, India is descending deeper into its own fascist abyss. And we are not paying close enough attention.

The recent murder of Gauri Lankesh shined some light on the state of affairs in India to those in the west. Lankesh was a journalist working on an article exposing corruption in the BJP, India’s Fascist Hindu Supremacist Party. Her murder is just the latest in a string of strikingly similar assassinations of BJP critics.

In India, the BJP and the broader Hindu Supremacist Fascist movement in power now is at once just as brutal as any supremacist fascism globally and yet much more sophisticated. The BJP has paid particular attention to its presentation and is disturbingly well orchestrated. It comes as no surprise that the BJP has in the past used PR firms tied to Tobacco companies to push its agenda and clean up its image.

On top of well orchestrated PR and branding, and targeted assassinations of political opponents, activists and journalists, the BJP has dismantled student unions and increasingly turned to shutting down the internet to stifle dissent and control the population. All the while, eroding the mechanisms for civil resistance as horrific mob violence increases and Hindu Supremacist Fascism becomes even more powerful.

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