The triumph of Narendra Modi means this Independence Day symbolises the recolonisation of India

The legitimisation of Hindutva, an ideology whose origins lie in British colonialism and Fascism, makes this a day of critical reflection, not celebration, for India.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the foundation stone ceremony of the Ram Mandir, August 5th 2020. Source: PTI
Archival photo of “kar sevaks” (“footsoldiers”) belonging to the Hindu extremist group Vishva Hindu Parishad demolishing the Babri Masjid in 1992. Source: PTI
Indira Gandhi, India’s third Prime Minister. The Emergency period she formally imposed from 1975–77 had enormous repercussions for Indian politics. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Women cross a deserted street in Kashmir. The former state has been subject to a brutal lockdown since the Indian government altered Article 370 in 2019. Source: Reuters/A. Abidi
A protester during the 2019 anti-CAA protests in India. Source: Twitter
Hundreds of thousands across India protested against the CAA and NRC in 2019. In Mumbai, pictured here, they converged at the August Kranti Maidan, where Mahatma Gandhi delivered his 1942 “Quit India” Declaration. Source: PTI

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