The Rise of Saffron Fascism
Intensification of Interlocking Oppressions in Modi’s India
Fascism redux, or the development of far-right, ultranationalist rhetoric after World War II, is increasingly becoming a problematic and pervasive phenomenon across the globe. A unique form of fascism redux in India, known by some scholars as “saffron fascism”, was popularized during the rise of Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its leader, Narendra Modi. Importantly, the rise and maintenance of saffron fascism involves the amplification of interlocking oppressions in Indian society. This paper argues that precolonial-, colonial-, and neoliberal-era vulnerabilities and rationalizations continue to allow fascist ideas and policy to perpetuate gender-based violence, class and caste oppression, and Islamophobia against subalternized communities in India.
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