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An alarming portrait of India's extreme right

Regissør: Anand Patwardhan
( India)

NATIONALISM / The extreme right is progressing all over the world, but how many in the West are following and understanding the extent of the extreme right in India?

This article was translated by Google and R.E.

Patwardhan's all-night documentary Reason – which won the award for best documentary in full length below
the Amsterdam Film Festival last year – is an important introduction to Indian history and
a warning to the rest of the world. The film provides a thorough insight into India's exterior
right and deals with demonstrations, hate speech and the effects of these, but
also the people who dare to resist and speak out against such currents.
Many of them end up paying with their own lives for the courage they show. The film is
both a thought-provoking and an obsessive experience, an intense journey through India
past and present
- every minute helps to create a disturbing portrait of what is gradual
has developed into one of the largest secular democracies in the world.

The illusion of an Indian "golden age"

Patwardhan weaves together more than a century of Indian history into a complicated but also clear narrative, revealing the roots of Hindu nationalism and the hatred of "the other." The effects of the Hindutva – the ideology that seeks to establish hegemony for the Hindus and their way of life – can be seen throughout the community, and the film shows the way this ideology fires up under caste prejudice and promotes anti-egalitarian principles derived from the ancient Indian religious tradition, bramanismen.

Some of
The events featured in the film have appeared in the international media over the years
run. It becomes clear that they are neither isolated nor randomly picked out,
and the magnitude and cumulative effect they have become particularly evident when
they are seen against one. . .

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Bianca-Olivia Nita
Nita is a freelance journalist and critic for Ny Tid.

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