The Development of Fascism in India: Gujarat Pogrom 2002 to Mob Lynchings 2017

August 27, 2017

Rana Ayub

Sunday, August 27, 3:00PM–5:00PM, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities and the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD), and organized by Radical Desi and Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI)

Gujarat has not only been touted as the model for neoliberal development in India, it has also been recognized as the laboratory for Hindu-nationalist fascism that has gone hand in hand with this agenda. From the pogrom of 2002 when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat to 2017, when Modi is Prime Minister of India, there has been a steady process of consolidation of Hindu-nationalist ideology. Since Modi’s ascension in 2014 hyper-nationalism, militarism, systematic appropriation of state apparatuses for political purpose, subversion of academic institutions and their occupation by party ap- pointees, attacks on all critics and dissenters, attacks on the arts, and organized mob violence against Dalits and Muslims have been escalating.

Note: after the talk, there will be a walk to the Komagata Maru memorial in memory of the Sikhs, Muslims, and Hindus who were denied the permission to disembark in Vancouver by a racist Canadian government in 1914.


Rana Ayub is a journalist and author. She worked for India’s leading investigative magazine, Tehalka till 2013, when she resigned to protest its handling of the accusation of sexual harassment against its Editor-in-chief. She went underground for eight months in 2010 posing as a filmmaker sympathetic to RSS, the parent Hindu-nationalist organization of the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), to secretly record interviews with bureaucrats and policemen in Gujarat regarding the violence and “encounter” killings by the police following the pogrom on 2002 and preceding Modi’s consolidation of power. Her book, Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up shows how the bureaucracy and the police have been ideologically radicalized and facilitated the establishment of policies of lawlessness. 


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