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BJP's innovative attempts at forging a new national identity

Constructing a shared national identity is the typical challenge of pluralistic societies like India. However, the definition of Indianness is changing of late

Artists perform at the closing ceremony of Madhavpur Ghed Fair 2023 recently held in Dwarka.
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Artists perform at the closing ceremony of Madhavpur Ghed Fair 2023 recently held in Dwarka.

Bharat Bhushan New Delhi
Constructing a shared national identity is the typical challenge of pluralistic societies like India. However, the definition of Indianness is changing of late. The reintegration of Hinduism – both in its past glory and its "persecution" at the hands of "invaders" – as the defining feature of Indian identity has assumed a new salience. What was held in check by a secular state is now a matter of state propagation.

Several events suggest that the present political dispensation is trying to define Indianness as pan-geographical Hindu unity. Two recent examples come from Gujarat -- the state-sponsored Madhavpur Mela in Porbandar
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First Published: Apr 24 2023 | 11:02 AM IST

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