How a filmmaker couple explored Bengal’s long affair with Hindutva

Hindutva in Bengal
Hindutva and communalism have a long history in West Bengal. Photo: Reuters

The chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ that have been raised across Bengal ubiquitously in the recent past, including in front of mosques, led many to ask how the state has suddenly acquired saffron shades despite a three-decade long rule of the Left Front headed by the CPM.

But Hindutva and communalism have a long history in the region. Nineteenth-century Bengal, which was the theatre of the Indian Renaissance and from where......

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