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Sunday, December 08, 2019

Stepwell

Join historian and biographer Patrick French on Stepwell, the Ahmedabad University podcast, as he talks to eminent scholars from around the world, covering a broad range of topics and perspectives that challenge and transform conventional views.

Episode 12 June 22, 2019

The Evolution of India’s Right Wing, with Swapan Dasgupta

Swapan Dasgupta, author of ‘Awakening Bharat Mata: The Political Beliefs of the Indian Right’ and a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha, joins Patrick French in this episode. Dasgupta talks about how his journey towards the right wing began with observing Margaret Thatcher (3:04), the rise in populist nationalism across the world and whether India is part of this trend (5:12) and why Savarkar doesn’t define the Hindu nationalist movement (12:10). He talks about why notions of ‘secularism’ are floundering (16:30) and how secularism was codified in our Constitution under Indira Gandhi(18:35). Dasgupta then discusses why the Hindu nationalist movement wasn’t as popular in the latter half of the 20th century (22:55), why the Swatantra Party wasn’t as progressive as many believe (22:20) and ends by detailing why he believes the Indian right never had an economic doctrine (27:20).

The Evolution of India’s Right Wing, with Swapan DasguptaSwapan Dasgupta, author of 'Awakening Bharat Mata: The Political Beliefs of the Indian Right' and a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha, joins Patrick French in this episode. Dasgupta talks about how his journey towards the right wing began with observing Margaret Thatcher (3:04), the rise in populist nationalism across the world and whether India is part of this trend (5:12) and why Savarkar doesn't define the Hindu nationalist movement (12:10). He talks about why notions of 'secularism' are floundering (16:30) and how secularism was codified in our Constitution under Indira Gandhi(18:35). Dasgupta then discusses why the Hindu nationalist movement wasn't as popular in the latter half of the 20th century (22:55), why the Swatantra Party wasn't as progressive as many believe (22:20) and ends by detailing why he believes the Indian right never had an economic doctrine (27:20).