1999 Lok Sabha Elections
Asia Society Election Update: The Thirteenth Election of India's Lok Sabha by Philip Oldenburg, Sept 1999
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November 20, 1998: "Taking Hindutva to School" by Sukumar Muralidharan and S.K.Pande. The BJP-led Government is forced to back down on one attempt to impose the Hindutva ideological agenda on policy-making in the sphere of education, but the battle is far from over. "A spreading network" by Veniktesh Ramakrishnan. The growth and spread of the RSS' institutional network in the education sector has been as marked as it has been insidious; it is evidently part of a project to "saffronise" the education system and perpetuate a certain ideological agenda. "Doctoring textbooks" by Parvathi Menon and T.K.Rajalakshmi. State governments run by the BJP have sought to rewrite historical accounts and effect changes in school syllabi so as to reflect the Hindutva view.
January 30 - February 12, 1999
"The politics of hate," by Aijaz Ahmad. On Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh undoing of secularism, democracy and socialism to remake the whole of India in its own image. "Undermining India," by Sukumar Muralidharan and Venkitesh Ramakrishnan. On hate, intimidation and violence by the Sangh Parivar that escalated with the assumption of power by the Bharatiya Janata Party. "Battle for Hindutva Turf," by Praveen Swami. On Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's announcement on January 21 of a cessation of the organisation's programme of agitation against the India-Pakistan cricket series. "A catalogue of crimes," by Praveen Swami. On violence after 1998 BJP election victories. "Towards a Hindu nation," by K.N.Panikkar. On attacks on Christians as part of Sangh Parivar strategy and heritage.